PRAYERS CONTINUE

Welcome to this website featuring a prayer five days a week.  The prayers deal with everyday life and are accompanied by a scripture passage and sometimes a hymn.  Some focus on concerns of older people.  Here we acknowledge God’s presence as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

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TIME ESCAPES

Ah, Father, another deadline
for a contest has passed.
Time goes by faster and faster.
Children think that waiting
for an hour is forever.
Older folks wonder
where the week went or the month.
Father we know you are with us
whether we are on earth or in heaven,
but sometimes we wish time
would turn back so we could
savor each moment here on earth.
Give us perspective, Father,
that we may embrace your vision
for our lifetime.  Amen.

Revelation 21:6-7
Then he said to me, “It is done!  I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end.  To the thirsty I will give water as a gift from the spring of the water of life.  Those who conquer will inherit these things, and I will be their God and they will be my children.”

CLEANLINESS

Lord, some say that “cleanliness
is next to godliness.”
Yesterday we had the rugs cleaned
in our apartment.
My husband moved all the small things
off the floor onto the furniture
so the man could do the job.
It’s a relief to have dirt removed.
Lord, it reminds of the relief we feel
when we come to you,
confess our sins, and receive forgiveness.
You forgive when we ask, even when
we don’t know what we’re doing..
Thank you, Lord, for your loving mercy.  Amen.

1 John 1: 9
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

LEARNING

Lord, people learn about you in various ways.
In school children are taught to read.
Now, some children can get by
using hand-held devices that read aloud for them.
Learning opens a whole new world.
You learned to read, Lord,
and read in the synagogue.
We have teachers and preachers
so that we can hear and understand
what you are saying to us today.
Give us understanding.  Amen.

Luke 2: 46-47
After three days they found him in the temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions.  And all who heard him were amazed at his understanding and his answers.

Luke 4:16-17a
When he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, he went to the synagogue on the Sabbath day, as was his custom.  He stood up to read and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him.

CHURCH SERVICE

O Lord God, on Sunday
sometimes as we sing the hymns
or during the sermon,
there is such a sense
of your presence among us,
that I look around and wonder
if others feel it.
We pray and know that you hear.
After the service we feel refreshed
and ready to tackle the week ahead.
You fill us with all good things.
Praise!  Praise!  Praise!

John 20:21-22
Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you.  As the Father has sent me, so I send you.”  When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.”

Hymn:  Surely the Presence of the Lord

OUR FUTURE

Dear Lord, here in our retirement home
things can change in an instant.
Someone can look perfectly fine
at dinner one minute,
and the next minute
they are on the floor
and the medics are arriving.
We are thankful, Lord,
that you are with us always
no matter what happens.
We look forward to being with you
more fully in heaven.  Amen.

Matthew 28:19
“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.  And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

THIS LITTLE LIGHT

O Lord God, when I was a child
in the nursery class in Sunday School,
we sang, “This Little Light of Mine”
and held up our pointer finger.
My grandfather minister told the teacher
that children couldn’t understand
what that song was about.
It seemed perfectly clear to me then.
Sometimes children understand things
that adults can’t explain.
O Lord God, you understand us
as children and as adults.
Thank you for being with us
all our lives long.  Amen.

John 8:12
Again Jesus spoke to them saying; “I am the light of the world.  Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.”

Song:  “This Little Light of Mine

LIFE

Ah, Lord, yesterday was doctor and dentist day.
The body is wearing out.
When you walked on earth
you healed some people,
but said that that was not your main business.
When you headed for Jerusalem
you had something else in mind
that was more important.
You gave your life
so that we might have spiritual life.
Thank you, Lord.  Thank you for life.  Amen.

John 3:16
“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.”