After a hiatus of several years, prayers on this website will now continue.
In the church we attend, Lord,
we have three different hymnals
in the pew rack along with a Bible.
And the words of the hymns are shown
on several screens around the sanctuary.
We sing with gusto.
Our choir has an anthem in the middle
of the service and sings
at the beginning and end.
Your presence pervades, Lord.
The preaching is thought provoking.
We go forth renewed.
Guide and lead us in the week ahead. Amen.
Sing praises to the Lord, O you his faithful ones, and give thanks to his holy name.
A rainy day, Lord. April showers.
We need these days to keep things running.
Tasks put off in fine weather.
Now is the time to get them done;
mending, washing clothes, cleaning.
Not fun. But needed in the scheme of things.
Also a time for memories of other days
when Grandparents hovered over us
and now hover from above.
Grandpas taught us how to lose
at Chinese checkers and dominoes
and still be nice about it.
Grandmas showed us how to cut up chickens
and dry dishes with a towel.
Rainy days remind us, Lord,
of your surrounding presence.
“You have made known to me the ways of life; you will make me full of gladness with your presence.”
Yahweh, Most High God,
forgive us for being cheeky
instead of humble.
Your Son taught us to call you Father,
and we have gotten carried away
with our own self-importance.
We are your imperfect children, Lord.
You forgive us daily for faults
of which we are unaware.
And yet, you love us still.
Jesus called us “brothers”
(and with interpretation “sisters”).
Thank you, Most High God,
for allowing us into your family.
“Pray then in this way, Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.”
But he said to them, “My mother and my brothers are those who hear the word of God and do it.”
Another appointment with my eye doctor, Lord.
Will she pronounce me well
or am I a chronic case?
Getting older makes the outcome less assured.
I’ve seen her off and on for 20 years.
She took my former doctor’s place.
My eyes have been looked after,
and lately an infection,
which I hope is overcome.
I enjoy seeing her, but I’d rather be well.
Give me reassurance, Lord,
that in the end all will be well.
The Lord is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts; so I am helped, and my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him.
Dear Lord, now I have discovered
wrinkles on my nose!
Who would believe it?
It’s not that there are not other ways
to tell us we are growing old.
As children my brother always
had something to say about my pug nose.
Now he is with you, Lord.
I wonder what he would say about this.
And I see wrinkles on my knees,
and there are other signs of aging
such as gray hair and aches and pains.
Let me accept these symptoms
with good humor, Lord.
Thank you for listening. Amen.
So even to old age and gray hairs, O God, do not forsake me, until I proclaim your might to all the generations to come.
I need time with you, Lord,
to listen and to talk,
to let your Spirit
fill the cracks
and smooth the lining
of my heavy heart.
Presentiment of what’s ahead
in terms of aches and pains,
as age exacts its toll,
Keep me safe, Lord,
my eyes upon the goal,
not wavering from right to left,
but hoping to be whole.
For God alone my soul waits in silence, for my hope is from him.
Father God, your presence is light.
Light invades our consciousness.
We sense it, but we don’t always perceive it.
Father, you sent Jesus to enlighten us.
You gave us a book to light our way.
We light candles on the altar
to signify your presence.
We say, “Light dawns upon us,”
when we become enlightened.
Open our minds and hearts
to allow your presence within us. Amen
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.”
1 John 1:15
This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light and in him there is no darkness at all.