The disciples cried out in Panic when their boat was almost sinking, aroused from your slumber You calmed the storm, and all was peace again. Lord, I cry out to you, too, to arouse you from your slumber. Lest the waves overwhelm me, as it's all too much to bear. One minute I can feel fine, the next I'm struggling to put on a smile. Lord, calm my storm within. Let me know your gentle peace, like a calm river on a Summer's day. Amen
You put up with my moods, Lord, when it all gets too much, and others don't seem to understand, when I'm lifeless as sand, not at peace, not at rest, lacking in zest, without any go, because something's not right, through what I don't quite know. Then somewhere in my heart, gently you remind me I'm precious to you, that you are my friend. A few moments with you make all the difference. Your friendship keeps me going. Amen
Grant me, O Lord, good digestion, and also something to digest. Grant me a healthy body, and the necessary good humor to maintain it. Grant me a simple soul that knows to treasure all that is good and that doesn't frighten easily at the sight of evil, but rather finds the means to put things back in their place. Give me a soul that knows not boredom, grumblings, sighs and laments, nor excess of stress, because of that obstructing thing call "I". Grant me, O Lord, a sense of good humor. Allow me the grace to be able to take a joke to discover in life a bit of joy, and to be able to share it with others. Amen - St. Thomas More
Lord, thank you for the generous gifts of your love given without conditions, a love that does not count the cost. To all who open their hearts to you you never refuse the gift of your love. May our hearts rejoice in thanking you for the abundant goodness you share with us, for the love you give to all. Amen
Lord, as a water lily opens itself to the sun, so may we open our hearts to you, to give you thanks and praise. For like the sun shining down to nurture and give life, so you shine down on us with the light of countless blessings, blessings beyond measure.
Lord, I am not worthy to receive you in my heart, so full of unkindness, but only say the word and I shall be renewed. Lord, I am not worthy to receive you in my being, so full of selfish ways, but only say the word and I shall be healed. Lord, I am not worthy to receive you in my soul, so full of pride, but only say the word and I shall be made whole. Amen
Thank you, Lord, for the precious gift of my family. I ask you to bless them, protect them, and give them strength to cope with their own struggles in life. They have surrounded me with their love. Enfold them, Lord, in your loving care, this day and always. Amen
For the powerful who are enslaved by the fear of losing privilege or possessions, Free them from their fears, O God. For men and women in positions of responsibility who can influence and enrich the lives of others, Free them from their fears, O God. Make them strong to do your will, that your justice may be fulfilled in love. For the whole church and ourselves as members of it, For faithfulness in sharing in Christ’s work in the world, For obedience to the guiding of the Holy Spirit, Make us string to do you will, O God.
Oh God, for men and women who are homeless and unemployed, who feel useless and unwanted, Call us to solidarity with them. For women and children who are the victims of violence in their own homes, in the very place that should provide security and love, Call us to solidarity with them, of God. For exiles and refugees who have left behind home, family and country, Call us to solidarity with them, O God, that your justice may be fulfilled in love.
Lord, give us missionaries who have enthusiasm for the Gospel, zeal for the salvation of your people, courage in leadership, humility in service, hunger for justice, and a love of community with one another and with all their brothers and sisters in You.
O God, you are a just and loving parent, You brought us to birth. We pray for all your children For the many families in our country who are poor and have no power to change their lives, Call us to solidarity with them, O God. For parents who see their children sad and find no means to ease it, Call us to solidarity with them, O God. Amen.
My spirit watches for the potent moment, oh Lord, and in the midst of this celebration you are a throbbing presence. All of us are here. All of us are ready.
You show us the potency of people with a clear commitment; you scatter the energies of those who vacillate. You remove the moderators and the intercessors; you speak directly to those who speak to you. You provide answers for those who question; to those who know the answers, you are silent. You are here now, the Available One, for the work of these times, mindful of your continuing newness according to the traditions of all searching people… we come with open minds to accomplish the work of this day.
Holy is this work now beginning. Blessed is the first step. Blessed are those who, prepared, have the courage to begin. Blessed are you, Lord, the enabler of deeds great and simple for these people today. The fruit of this work offers nourishment to generation after generation for those who harvest it.
O Lord, pry me open to your spirit that lives within me and heal my soul from whatever I have done that is wrong. Heal me so I can fall in love with you and let me be in love with you every day of my life. And Lord, give me the freedom to be truly poor in spirit, so that being free to love myself in you, I may discover the gifts of your spirit in me, and use these gifts… not for myself, but to serve you in others all the days of my life. O Lord, send down your spirit and renew the face of the earth and let it begin with me. Amen.