A Morning Prayer on Saturday

A prayer for rest and renewal.

Fisherman boats moored on lake shore under sunset sky

A prayer for Saturdays

Almighty God, who after the creation of the world rested from all your works and sanctified a day of rest for all your creatures: Grant that we, putting away all earthly anxieties, may be duly prepared for the service of your sanctuary, and that our rest here upon earth may be a preparation for the eternal rest promised to your people in heaven; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

A Collect for Saturdays from Morning Prayer in the Book of Common Prayer, p. 99

I have always liked this prayer on Saturday morning. May our rest here be blessed indeed. May our rested selves truly be renewed in giving thanks for the hope of new life in Jesus Christ ~Fr. Dan

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Into Your Hands, O God…

A prayer of trust even in dark times.

Man leaning on the wall

Into Your Hands, O God,
This solitude,

Into Your Hands, O God,
This emptiness.

Into Your Hands, O God,
This loneliness,

Into Your Hands—This
This all.

Into Your Hands, O God,
This grief,

Into Your Hands
This sleeping fear.

Into Your Hands, O God—What
What is left,

What is left Of me.

Edwina Gateley in Lyn Klug, Lyn King, All Will Be Well: A Gathering of Healing Prayers (p. 142). Kindle Edition.

Friday in the week is remembered in prayer as the day of the week that Jesus was crucified. Even in the Season of Easter the Church remembers that there would be no resurrection without crucifixion and death. We remember those who are now suffering in any way, in body, mind, or spirit. We remember that God is ever-present—especially in moments of pain and distress.  We remember with the hope and expectation of resurrection joy. ~Fr. Dan

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A Prayer for Caregivers

In their acts of compassion may they know you.

Close-up of clinician hand on that of disabled woman

Compassionate God, support and strengthen all those who reach out in love, concern, and prayer for the sick and distressed. In their acts of compassion, may they know that they are your instruments. In their concerns and fears may they know your peace. In their prayer may they know your steadfast love. May they not grow weary or faint-hearted, for your mercy’s sake. Amen.

From Enriching Our Worship 2 (p.93) approved for use in the Episcopal Church in 2000

While many ask about the person who is ill or struggling, it is my experience that those who are providing care usually are equally in need of our prayers day-in and day-out. ~Fr. Dan

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God of comfort, send your Spirit of wisdom

A prayer that we may both give and receive in the communion of saints.

Business people taking care of baby in office

God of comfort, send your Spirit of wisdom to open our eyes to see the value in the gifts that strengthen and nourish us to live a Christian life of service.

May the Holy Spirit inspire us to perform acts of care and kindness to ease and comfort those around us.

May our hearts also be open to receive that same care and kindness in return. Amen.

From Sojourners Verse & Voice email dated March 26, 2014

“Verse and Voice” is a daily resource for prayer and meditation provided by the folks of Sojourners. It is available as a daily email. More information here. I especially like that this prayer petitions God to open our hearts to receive care and kindness in return. I have found that those to whom I minister give so much to me in return if i am open to their gifts. ~Fr. Dan

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My heart, my soul, my body, rest in you

An evening prayer for you

Sunset in the Philippines

Thank you, God, for giving me your counsel today. Tonight, as I sleep, may the dreams of my heart also serve to instruct me in your ways. In you I have a good heritage, and my heart, my soul, and my body rest in you. Amen.

Kimberly Bracken Long (2013-09-02). Feasting on the Word Worship Companion: Liturgies for Year A, Volume 1 (p. 142). Westminster John Knox Press. Kindle Edition.

The Feasting on the Word Worship Companion offers worship and prayer suggestions for each of the Sunday’s of the Church Year based on the Revised Common Lectionary calendar. Each week a “Household Prayer” for use in the Morning and another in the Evening is presented. Yesterday (4/24/17) we posted the Morning Prayer for the Second Week of Easter, today (4/25/17) we post the Evening “Household Prayer” for the Second Week of Easter. ~Fr. Dan

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Keep me mindful of your guidance

Today, be mindful….

Couple on the Camino de Santiago

Holy One, you have made known to me the ways of life and have promised to fill me with the gladness of your presence. Keep me mindful of your guidance and your promise as I travel through this day, that my heart may be glad. Amen.

Kimberly Bracken Long, Feasting on the Word Worship Companion: Liturgies for Year A, Volume 1 (p. 142), Westminster John Knox Press. Kindle Edition.

The Feasting on the Word Worship Companion offers worship and prayer suggestions for each of the Sunday’s of the Church Year based on the Revised Common Lectionary calendar. Each week a “Household Prayer” for use in the Morning and another in the Evening is presented. This is the Household Prayer: Morning for the Second Week of Easter. ~Fr. Dan

Be well. Do good. Pay attention. Keep learning.

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May God …

An Easter Blessing for you in the Great Fifty Days

The butterfly: symbol of the resurrection.

May God, who is present in sunrise and nightfall,
and in the crossing of the sea,
guide our feet as we go.

May God who is with us when we sit
and when we stand,
encompass us with love
and lead us by the hand.

May God who knows our paths,
and the places where we rest,
be with us in our waiting,
be our good news for sharing
and lead us in the way that is everlasting.
Amen.

The Iona Community

In Jan McFarlane (2012-02-27). Pocket Prayers of Blessing (Pocket Prayers Series)
(Kindle Locations 535-544). Hymns Ancient and Modern Ltd. Kindle Edition.

Be blessed throughout the Great Fifty Days of Easter ~Fr. Dan

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Image: Watercolor by Elanie Moore and used as the cover art for the Easter Season Worship Booklet at St. Hugh’s Episcopal Church in Idyllwild, CA.

Putting away destruction, rising to pureness of living and truth

A petition for grace to die to evil and rise to goodness

Butterfly: a symbol of resurrection

Collect for Friday in Easter Week

Almighty Father, who gave your only Son to die for our sins and to rise for our justification: Give us grace so to put away the leaven of malice and wickedness, that we may always serve you in pureness of living and truth; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

The Book of Common Prayer, 224

How will God’s grace assist me in putting away the “leaven of malice and wickedness”? Where will God begin to change my heart? Do I need to pray for the graces of courage and perseverance as I respond to the grace asked for in this prayer? These are just a few of the questions raised by this prayer in Easter. ~Fr. Dan

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Ambassadors of a covenant of reconciliation

Live what you believe and be an ambassador of reconciliation

Butterfly: a symbol of resurrection

Collect for Thursday in Easter Week

Almighty and everlasting God, who in the Paschal mystery established the new covenant of reconciliation: Grant that all who have been reborn into the fellowship of Christ’s Body may show forth in their lives what they profess by their faith; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

The Book of Common Prayer, 223

We ask our God to help us live what we believe. I have no doubt that God will answer this kind of prayer. ~Fr. Dan

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