Prayers

  • November 28

    or the Diversity
    of Races and Cultures


    O God,
    you created all people in your image.
    We thank you for the astonishing variety
    of races and cultures in this world.
    Enrich our lives by ever-widening circles of friendship, and show us your presence
    in those who differ most from us, until our knowledge of your love is made perfect in our love for all your children; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

    From the Lutheran Book of Worship

  • November 14

    A Prayer for Mercy

    Spirit of the Living God,
    We have gathered in this place this morning,
    allow your spirit to fill our very being. Most gracious and loving God, we remember the struggles of our people, black people, people of African descent, your people and thank you for your grace, your love, and your mercy.

    We thank you for leaders that you continue to place in high places and ordinary places     Inspire each of us to work more faithfully for justice and dignity of life everywhere.

    Lord God, we remember the hurts of exclusion and prejudice, but we know that you can raise our vision above all barriers and give us wisdom and courage to make this a better world.
     
    As you give us yourself in the Bread of Hope and the Cup of Mercy - show us how to give ourselves to those who are without hope and to those who cry for mercy.
     
    Lord God, rule over our spirit in this hour that we will go from this worship with the freedom of those who trust in you. In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen. (Author Unknown)

  • November 21

    Diversity Blessing
     
    May the God who created a world of
    diversity and vibrancy,
    Go with us as we embrace life in all its fullness.
    May the Son who teaches us to care for strangers and foreigners,
    Go with us as we try to be good neighbors in our communities.
    May the Spirit who breaks down our
    barriers and celebrates community,
    Go with us as we find the courage to create a place of welcome for all.

     Clare McBeath and Tim Presswood

  • November 7

    I Dream a World

    I dream a world where man
    No other man will scorn,
    Where love will bless the earth
    And peace its paths adorn
    I dream a world where all
    Will know sweet freedom's way,
    Where greed no longer saps the soul
    Nor avarice blights our day.
    A world I dream where black or white,
    Whatever race you be,
    Will share the bounties of the earth
    And every man is free,
    Where wretchedness will hang its head
    And joy, like a pearl,
    Attends the needs of all mankind-
    Of such I dream, my world!

    Langston Hughes

  • October 31

    You, the One

    You, the one
    From whom on different paths
    All of us have come.

    To whom on different paths
    All of us are going.
    Make strong in our hearts what unites us.

    Build bridges across all that divides us;
    United make us rejoice in our diversity.

    At one in our witness to your peace,
    A rainbow of your glory.
    Amen.

     David Steindl-Rast