Jun 27, 2016

Prayer for Country: Re-Instill in Us the Dreaming

Here’s a prayer of petition and confession for country. It was written by John Ballenger and posted on A Preacher Musing.

Re-Instill in Us the Dreaming

Our God,
we pray on this occasion
remembering, in particular, our country.

We give you thanks for the good dreaming
that envisioned a land of freedom and opportunity—
a land in which to grow respect for all its citizens.
We give you thanks for all who sacrificed in so many ways
to create and to sustain such dreaming.

We give you thanks for the many ways
in which that dream has been,
and continues to be
embraced and made manifest—
as a better tomorrow is shaped for all—
all within these borders and all without them too.

We thank you for the call to let freedom shine,
to let celebration of the dignity of all resound.

But we also confess to you
the many ways in which we fall short
of our best dreaming—
fall into immaturity, and selfishness—
into shortsightedness—
into too much of a focus on immediate benefits for some
and a lesser tomorrow for all.

We confess to binding the dream
we apparently sometimes want to claim in word only—
not in words made flesh.

Re-instill in us the dreaming, God.
Guide us into the disciplines of love and grace
that cultivate those ideals of discipline and sacrifice—
of a commitment to our children and our children's children
that theirs should be a better land than ours is now—
with more mature leaders and citizens than we are—
with greater opportunities than we have known—
with even deeper respect for all its citizens—
a more far reaching vision—
with richer examples of freedom and bravery
because that's the way we dream it to be.

Ah, may it be so.
Amen.

~ written by John Ballenger, and posted on A Preacher Musing. http://preachermusings.wordpress.com/

Pastoral Prayer for Canada

Here’s a prayer of intercession for Canada from Carol Penner. It was posted on Leading in Worship.

Prayers of the People
for Canada

God of every country,
thank you for this country:
for its beauty…from coast to coast to coast,
for blue oceans on three sides,
for great prairies, vast forest and stretching tundra,
for every rushing river and great lake
for Hudson’s Bay and the islands of the north,
all created by you, giving glory to you.
We are thankful people!

Thank you for all the creatures
with whom we share this country;
the polar bear and the bowhead whale,
the mighty moose and the fox,
the Canada goose and the honey bee,
the Coho salmon and the beaver.

Thank you for Canadian people, rich in cultural diversity,
from First Nations and many nations.
Thank you for cities and towns and all the little villages,
for people living on the land.

Thank you for democratic government,
we pray for wisdom and guidance for Prime Minister Trudeau,
our MP ____________
and our MLA______________,
and our mayor _______________.
From local to national, give our politicians the gift of honesty,
and strength to resist temptation that power brings.
Help them use their gifts as a gift for our country’s good.

Lord, we need help in our country to live in peace.
We need help with our relationship to the land
to the air, to the water, to the creatures,
to all peoples inside our borders and outside our borders.
You have a vision of what peace is,
help us live in that peace and towards that peace.

Help us to be a people of vision,
 and courage, and commitment,
offering your hope and comfort to all we meet.

Be with us this week, especially with those in our congregation
who are sick in mind or body, and those who grieve,
we think especially of ______________________.

Give us strength as a church to live as citizens of your kingdom
as we work for the peace in our country, Canada.
We pray all this in the name of Jesus, the Prince of Peace, Amen.

~ written by Carol Penner and posted on Leading in Worship. http://carolpenner.typepad.com/leadinginworship/

Call to Worship: Sing Praises to our Lord

Here’s a responsive call to worship from Thom Shuman’s Lectionary Liturgies website.

Call to Worship
(inspired by Psalm 30)

Sing praises to our Lord:
who heals us and makes us whole.
Sing praises to our Lord, faithful children of God:
whose joy rises in our lives each and every day.
Sing praises to our Lord, faithful children of God; 
give thanks to God's holy name:
God's Kingdom is near to us;
God's peace resides in our hearts.

~ written by Thom Shuman, and posted on Lectionary Liturgies. http://lectionaryliturgies.blogspot.ca/

Prayer: The Call of Compassion

Here’s a prayer for compassion from John van de Laar’s Sacredise website.

The Call of Compassion

If we’re honest,
compassion does not come easy to us, God;
We see others who struggle;
those without homes, or food;
those dying from curable diseases, simply because
they can’t get access to the medicine they need;
those who have lost loved ones through death or circumstance,
and long for human companionship;
those who are persecuted and judged because of their difference;
those who are facing the awful consequences
of bad choices they have made;
and those who must live with the consequences
of choices that others make that impact their lives;
It all just feels like it’s too much, and there’s nothing we can do.

But, we know that’s not true –
we know that compassion is enough;
that when we allow ourselves to feel,
compassion will lead us to do what we can,
and that this will make a difference.

And so, we pray first for ourselves:
that you would soften our hearts,
and still our fears,
and lead us into those acts of compassion
that we are capable of doing.

And then we pray for all of these others
whose lives can be changed
through small, simple acts of care;
that you would disturb us, and others like us,
until we finally step up and play our part
in the saving of your world;
and that enough of us would answer your call,
that the needs of the hurting ones
may be met.

In Jesus’ Name,
Amen.

~ written by John van de Laar, and posted on Sacredise.com. http://sacredise.com/

Closing Responses: Sowing Seeds of Hope

Here are closing responses inspired by the scripture readings for Proper 9C, especially Galatians 6:7-16 and Luke 10:1-11. It was written by Thom Shuman and posted on Lectionary Liturgies.

Closing Responses
(inspired by Galatians 6 and Luke 10)

Let us never grow weary of doing what is right!
We will go to seek justice for all of God’s children.
Let us not grow weary of leading others to the kingdom!
We will go to follow Jesus’ example of gathering all into grace.
Let us not grow weary of speaking of hope and peace.
We will go to sow the Spirit’s seed of life and hope.

~ written by Thom Shuman, and posted on Lectionary Liturgies. http://lectionaryliturgies.blogspot.ca/