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“May God bless all the earth” – A communal prayer based on Psalm 67

ONE:  Almighty and Merciful God, you have been gracious to us and blessed us in every way.

ALL:   Surely you have made your face to shine upon us.

ONE:   Forgive us for our limited view of your blessings; for hoarding and enjoying your mercies selfishly, with no concern to share with others.

ALL:   You have blessed us to share gracious with others, that your way may be known upon the earth.

ONE:   We pray that your saving power will be known among all nations.

ALL:   Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you. Let the nations be glad and sing for joy,

ONE:   For you, O God, judge the peoples with equity and guide the nations upon earth.

ALL:   Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you. Let the nations be glad and sing for joy,

ONE:   The earth has yielded its increase; You, O God have blessed us.

ALL:  May God continue to bless us; let all the ends of the earth honor him.

ONE:  May your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.

ALL:  Amen.

 
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Posted by on October 17, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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A Prayer of the Gathered Congregation

All of creation wakes to meet you with praise, O God.

The rivers and waters, the trees of the fields, the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea,

greet you with sounds and motions of joyful praise.

The sun gives witness to your light, the stars shine forth your glory, the universe declares your works.

 

We, your people, join our hearts, our minds, our hands and our voices, our whole beings with all of creation to worship and adore you, to thank you and praise you, O Christ, our creator, our Savior, and our God.

 

Let your glory, indeed, be over all the earth.

 

Today as we worship You, as we hear your voice and feel your presence, lift us from the pettiness of life that so often keeps our attention, our concern, and our hearts.  In all of life may we seek and find you, and be humble and thankful before you.  Lift our minds and our hearts to greater vision, greater purpose, greater life in you.  Transform us, change us, till we feel what you feel, see as you see, love what you love, will what you will, think and act more like you each day.

 

As a congregation of your people today, transform us.  May we be more passionate about what you are passionate about.  Deepen us in reflection on you, your Word, and your creation.  Deepen our prayer lives both as a congregation and as individuals of it.  Let us stand boldly with you and for you O Christ, let your church give witness to you always.

 

We pray for the nations of the world, for the leaders of the world.  We know Your will is peace, yet our world is so torn, so broken by greed, hate, and evil.  May your kingdom come, and your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

 

We pray today for those who love you and serve you, may they grow in grace and experience the joy that comes from you alone.

We pray today for those who are seeking you, may they continue and may they find.

We pray today for those who are struggling, be near, O Christ.

We pray today for those who are far from you, those who resist you, those who oppose you, may your grace draw them to you forever.

We pray today for those who celebrate, for those who are mourning, for those who face illness, cancer, and diseases of all kinds.  We pray for those who are recovering, for those facing tests, for all those who like us are standing in the need of prayer.

 

We come to you today O Christ, because you alone are our Rock, our strength, our hope, our vision, our love.  And your love is touching us and healing us.  For this we lift up our voices to lift your name on high.  For this we praise you forever.  Amen.  Amen.

 
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Posted by on January 7, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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