Eternal God, we need places to practice having faith: faith in one another, faith in ourselves, faith in You.
We need places to pray as if someone were listening, to study as if we might learn something worth writing on our hearts, to join with others in service as if the world might be transformed, to learn to practice, with others, a continual conversion of life, permanent openness to change.
May our church be such a place!
For we often do so little with the possibilities of our humanity. . .
Help us to live as if the boundaries of our lives lie much further out than we think, set not by our anxieties and fears, but by You.
Help us to believe we can do much more than we can imagine – we can do what You imagine!
Help us to remember that our love for You and our love for one another are indeed one love!
~Taken from the bulletin of Rayne Memorial United Methodist Church in New Orleans, 1/2014.
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My Lord and my God, remove far from me whatever keeps me from you.
My Lord and my God, confer upon me whatever enables me to reach you.
My Lord and my God, free me from self and make me wholly yours.
~ A Prayer of St. Nicholas of Flue
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Bless me, Lord, as I begin this adventure. Open my eyes to see You in the people I will meet.
Open my ears to hear Your word in new and surprising ways.
Open my hands to be Your blessing in whatever situation I find myself.
And open my heart to receive You wherever I may go.
Protect me from harm as I travel and give Your wisdom to those I rely on for my safety.
When my travel is ended and my journey complete, bring me home again, renewed by Your love. Amen.
Traveler’s Prayer – Diana Macalintal from The Work of Your Hands
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As we wander through our lives, we reach for some form of light to help us find our way.
Just as your light shows us the way, we will also need your grace, forgiveness and mercy to help us pave the way to a richer, more fulfilling existence.
Only through you can we find a more complete and better way of life.
Lord, help us to understand your teachings so that we may be able to live that life through you and your son, Jesus Christ.
We pray this prayer through Jesus, our Savior. AMEN.
~ A Prayer of Enlightment
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Lord, I am no longer my own, but yours.
Put me to what you will, rank me with whom you will; put me to doing, put me to suffering; let me be employed for you, or laid aside for you,
exalted for you, or brought low for you;
let me be full,
let me be empty,
let me have all things,
let me have nothing:
I freely and wholeheartedly yield all things to your pleasure and disposal.
And now, glorious and blessed God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, you are mine and I am yours. So be it.
And the covenant now made on earth, let it be ratified in heaven.
~ Wesley Covenant Prayer, a prayer of Renewal, modern interpretation
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When the song of the angels is stilled, when the star in the sky is gone,
when the kings and princes are home, when the shepherds are back with the flocks,
then the work of Christmas begins:
to find the lost,
to heal those broken in spirit,
to feed the hungry,
to release the oppressed,
to rebuild the nations,
to bring peace among all peoples,
to make a little music with the heart . . .
~ Work of Christmas Begins, Howard Thurman, adapted
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God of love, Father of all, the darkness that covered the earth has given way to the bright day of your Word made flesh.
Make us a people of this light.
Make us faithful to your Word, that we may bring your life to the waiting world. Grant this through Christ our Lord.
Christmas Day Prayer