Prayers for Everyday

by Rev. Carlee Hallman

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Dear Lord, in some places
there is famine due to weather or war.
Refugees crowd neighboring countries,
and there is not enough to feed them.
Even in our country some children go hungry.
Lord, you have given us this earth
with its ability to produce
enough food for everyone.
Our church and other churches
gather food and money to feed people
locally and around the world.
But even when we and other countries send food,
it doesn’t always reach the starving
because governments intervene.
Dear Lord, we are thankful that we are fed,
but today we pray for those who are hungry.

Matthew 14:29-31:
And all ate and were filled; and they took up what was left over of broken pieces, twelve baskets full. And those who ate were about five thousand men, besides women and children.

James 2:15-17:
If a brother or sister is naked and lacks daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and eat your fill,” and yet you do not supply their bodily needs, what is the good of that?

Hymn: The Voice of God Is Calling


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Dear Lord, yesterday I missed an opportunity
to share your love. I’m sorry, Lord.
I was not quick enough or confident enough
to respond to a person’s need.
Help me to be more sensitive
to the distress of others
and give me courage to respond.
I am grateful that you
are a constant source of love
and answer our pleas for help.
Guide me in your way, Dear Lord. Amen.

Isaiah 58:11:
The Lord will guide you continually, and satisfy your needs in parched places, and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters never fail.

Hymn: Lord, Speak to Me

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O Creative God, the garden is blooming furiously.
Rain has worked its wonders.
The daylilies are joyous in the morning sun.
Plants grow out of the soil.
We don’t know exactly how.
Butterflies and bees are out
patrolling the wonders of creation.
Nature is one of your gifts to us.
I enjoy the weeds because I get to see
the whole plant as I pull them up.
Creative God, the profusion of plants
expresses your amazing creativity.
We are humbled. Thank you. Amen.

Genesis 1:29:
God said, “See, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit; you shall have them for food.”

Hymn: Hymn of Promise

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Dear Lord, you showed us
the way of selfless love.
Like a good shepherd lays
down his life for his sheep,
you laid down your life for us.
Even though wrongly accused,
judged, and hung on a cross,
you continued to love and forgive.
Help us to reach out in love
to everyone we are with today.
Inspire us to look beyond
our immediate circle
to those who need your love.
In your name we ask. Amen.

Luke 23:34:
Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.”

John 10:11:
“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.”

Hymn: The King of Love My Shepherd Is

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Dear Lord, I have never
liked to think of myself as a sheep.
Sheep are so dumb.
They may wander away and get lost.
They may even bunch up in a storm
and smother.
I do like to think of your care
for all of us,
and that you go ahead of us
and lead,
instead of herding us from behind
with a stick.
Lead me as I consider new paths
that I might follow to serve you. Amen.

Psalm 23:1-3:
The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside still waters; he restores my soul. He leads me in right paths for his name’s sake.

Hymn: He Leadeth Me: O Blessed Thought

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Lord, it’s that time of year
when tomatoes are ripening
and growers are beginning
to give them to friends or,
in this retirement community,
to place them on the give-away table.
Then others may enjoy tomatoes
after contributing to the garden fund.
Thank you, Lord, for the earth
and its bounty of good food.
Thank you, Lord, for farmers
and gardeners who grow
and share their produce..
We are blessed. Thank you, Lord.

Psalm 95:1-2:
O come, let us sing to the Lord; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation! Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!

Hymn: Now Thank We All Our God

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Lord, you know that
many widows and widowers
live in this retirement community.
It is especially difficult for those
who are confined in bed.
I am one of a group assigned
to visit them since
some no longer have family
or friends who are able to come.
Help me to be sensitive to their needs
as I share your presence with them. Amen.

James 1:27:
Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to care for orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world.

Hymn: Love Divine, All Loves Excelling