A prayer for Sunday morning

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God of grace and forgiveness, God who surprises us each day with the gift of life, we turn to you this morning with grateful hearts – yes – but also with hearts that are full of sadness and grief and worry.

We pray for our world, the world you created and called good.  We’ve made a mess of things.  Everywhere we look a war is being fought – or there’s one that could start at any moment.  We’re sad and ashamed of what we’ve brought on ourselves.  And we need your help.

We pray for our country – its leadership and its people.  We’ve made a mess of things here too.  A wonderful gift of freedom and democracy, a land of plenty, and we’ve squandered it, until it’s very nearly gone.  Forgive us, we pray, and allow us another chance at it.

We pray for our church – at the start of another year.  You’ve blessed us with every conceivable resource, gifts of every kind.  Help us, guide us, we pray.  Show us how to be the people you’ve called us to be.

And of course we pray for ourselves – for the many issues and relationships and health concerns that we worry about today, that we can’t seem to get out of our minds.  We lift all of it to you, trusting not only that you hear our prayers, but also that you answer us, that you can take our broken relationships and restore them, that you can take our loneliness and anxiety and replace them with confidence and strength.  We trust that you can and do heal us.  And we pray for that healing – sooner rather than later.  You know we need it.

Hear all of our prayers today – this one spoken aloud, but also all those offered silently in personal worship.  And now hear us as we say with one voice the words your Son taught us to pray…

About Doug

I have been a writer ever since fifth grade when I won second prize in a “prose and poetry” contest. I am also a Presbyterian pastor, and for several years toward the end of my career I lived and worked in Zürich, Switzerland. I am now retired and live just north of Holland, Michigan, along the lake.

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3 Responses to A prayer for Sunday morning

  1. Barb Keith September 15, 2013 at 1:46 pm #

    Another meaningful prayer …. Thanks for sharing!
    We miss you and First Presbyterian Church ….
    We always enjoy your “food for thoughts”

    Barb and Tom Keith

    • Georgia Hamilton September 16, 2013 at 5:23 pm #

      A beautiful prayer, Doug. And one we should pray every day of our lives; We humans can’t seem to learn from our foolish ways. In spite of all our shortcomings, the Lord continues to pour grace and forgiveness upon us–Thank you, Lord. And Thank you, Doug for another thoughtful piece.

      Georgia Hamilton

  2. Judith Ackerman September 15, 2013 at 4:43 pm #

    What a heartfelt and meaningful prayer. It is so sad and worrisome that our World is such a mess and yet, people are frustrated and have no idea how to make it better.
    Well, maybe as a church, we could give them the answer and provide them with hope by spreading the word.
    I think we should make a t-shirt with the American flag printed on the back and the words of 2 Chronicles 7:14 overlaying the flag.
    If my people, who are called by my name
    will humble themselves and pray and seek my face
    and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven
    and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
    We should wear the shirts and maybe even sell them to help the homeless…and wouldn’t it be nice if every church across our land did the same!
    Thank you again for another thought provoking and very meaningful sermon.