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Prayers for the beginning of a new semester

Our Father in Heaven,

At the beginning of a new semester create in us a new desire, a new curiosity, and a new love for you and for the truth that we find through observation, study, and learning in this college community together.

Grant O Lord, that as students we might have courage and resolve in the hours and days of this semester to open ourselves to new perspectives, new ways of seeing, and new ways of understanding how all things find life and fulfillment in you. Grant that as you have given your best for us, that we may give our best in reading, in writing, in conversations, and in exploring in the many ways you have created us to learn.   May all learning lead us to be better people, loving and caring people, better prepared to serve you in the world.

Grant O Lord, that our faculty might have courage to serve as guides as we explore and learn and are challenged by new ideas and perspectives.   Give them strength and resolve in head, heart and hands to call all the best in us as students and all together in this campus community.

Grant O Lord, that all our staff, in every department and role, might have courage and resolve to serve you and your people with love, excellence, and goodness.   May our work always be work unto the Lord, in the joyous tasks and in those that make us feel challenged.

Teach us in the community to show love to one another, grace to all, and the fruit of the Spirit in every conversation, every meeting, every meal, and every interaction.   Give us the heart and mind to pray and support one another as we give this semester to you for your glory and purposes.

In the name of the Father, Jesus Christ the son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

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Posted by on January 9, 2017 in Chapel worship

 

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Prayer for the children amongst us

Jesus, in your words and in your actions in the Gospels, you show that you love the children, though many saw them as only an annoyance.   As you blessed the children so many years ago reach down in our day and bless the children.  Hold the children who are brought to adoption agencies and the foster care system into your loving and protective arms.  Protect the innocence of all children.  Come alongside of all children who feel alone, insecure, unwanted, or unloved and bring them into the light of your love and goodness, that they may know You as their refuge and strength and find family in Your church and among Christians. Amen.

 
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Posted by on May 23, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

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Prayer for Newtown and Sandy Hook Elementary Families

Then what was said by the prophet Jeremiah was fulfilled:

“A voice is heard in Ramah, weeping and great mourning,

Rachel weeping for her children and refusing to be comforted,

because they are no more.”

Matthew 2:16-18

Dear God!

The loss of our children is too great.  Our hearts lament with deep sadness, our minds cannot comprehend, and our lives have emptiness never imagined as we grieve with those whose loss is greater and much closer than our own.

There is no explanation that will bring us to understand or ease the pain of these lives lost, O God.  Whether power-hungry kings, wars and greed, violence on the streets of our cities, or one trapped in a mental illness that few might understand, the resulting loss of life of innocent children will never make sense in any sense.

Give to those parents, siblings, families, teachers, responders and all of the Newtown Community, O Loving Father, a peace that passes understanding. Cause them to know in the midst of pain and loss that “God is with us”  in the midst of great tragedy and loss. Give peace, comfort and divine care through shock, through preparations, through funerals, through many long days, months and years ahead.

Bring to us, O Loving Jesus, a love to share and a compassionate care for all those with pain, with questions, with doubts, with grief and with numbness. May the sharing of love, expressed in tangible ways bring strength, support, and help to all in need.

Bring the comfort that we cannot bring, O Holy Spirit, O Comforter; for even in our best attempts, we are overcome ourselves, we say the wrong thing at the wrong time, and we are not perfect in our love for those around us.  Guide us O Holy Spirit, to love and comfort in the midst of things we do not understand and cannot control.

Lord, hear our prayers, our groans, our laments, our cries, our silence. Love us and heal our torn-up hearts. Save us, O Savior, who came to live in this world and redeem all that is evil, violent, lost and broken…

 
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Posted by on December 17, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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