Category Archives: Prayer

an epiphany prayer

Jesus, grant us the humility to see you as you truly are; not through the dark glass of our weak and finite minds but through the glorious clarity of your love. Speak to us from the whirlwind of Your reality, and call us back to You as You are. Fill us, Lord, with your grace, and inspire us to serve you in love in the world. Amen

The Great O Antiphons

O Antiphons (all)The great O antiphons:

December 17 — O SAPIENTIA: O Wisdom, you came forth from the mouth of the Most High and, reaching from beginning to end, you ordered all things mightily and sweetly. Come, and teach us the way of prudence.

December 18 — O ADONAI: O Adonai and Ruler of the House of Israel, you appeared to Moses in the fire of the burning bush and on Mount Sinai gave him your law. Come, and with outstretched arm redeem us.

December 19 — O RADIX JESSE: O Root of Jesse, you stand as a sign for the peoples; before you kings shall keep silence and to you all nations shall have recourse. Come, save us, and do not delay.

December 20 — O CLAVIS DAVID: O Key of David and Scepter of the House of Israel; you open and no one closes; you close and no one opens. Come, and deliver from the chains of prison those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death.

December 21 — O ORIENS: O Rising Dawn, Radiance of the Light eternal and Sun of Justice: come and enlighten those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death.

December 22 — O REX GENTIUM: O King of the Gentiles and the Desired of all, you are the cornerstone that binds two into one. Come, and save humanity which you fashioned out of clay.

December 23 — O EMMANUEL: O Emmanuel, our King and Lawgiver, the Expected of the nations and their Savior. Come and save us, O Lord our God.

For more on the O Antiphons, see this post from last advent.

“cause us to always be centered on your love” (Lord’s Prayer for June 17)

Here’s the version of the Lord’s Prayer we used during last Sunday’s worship.  I also added to the “fresh versions of the Lord’s Prayer” page (see the button right below the blog banner).  Check that page out; we’ve built up a rich little collection of Lord’s Prayers, including this one.

O God, you love us like a good parent, and are present in every aspect of our existence. May your nature become known and respected by all. May your joy, peace, wholeness and justice be the reality for everyone as we live by the Jesus Way.  Give us all that we really need to live every day for you. And forgive us our failures as we forgive others for their failures. Keep us from doing those things which are not of you, and cause us always to be centered on your love. For you are the true reality in this our now, and in all our future. In the Jesus Way we pray. Amen. (David Sorrill)

O Holy One, bless our pride, our celebration, our laughter, those who oppose us, our differences, those for whom it takes great courage to be here, our calls for equity and freedom, each one of us… O Holy One

A prayer for worship, June 10th, in celebration of Pridetide:

O Holy One, known to us in many ways, be present with us now. We ask for your blessings as we rejoice as a community this day. Bless our pride that it be a humble reflection of gratitude for who it is you have created us to be. Bless our celebration that it be an expression of our joy in love and in health. Bless our laughter that it herald the building of friendships and relationships. Bless those who may come to oppose us that our happiness may be contagious. Bless our differences as a source of our strength and a sign of our respect for one another. Bless those for whom it takes great courage to be here that they may feel the abundance of life. Bless our calls for equity and freedom that we may both speak and hear your vision of justice and of peace. Bless each one of us here today with your presence and our presence, one with another. All this we ask of you, O Holy One, for you are ever faithful to us. Rejoice with us today! Amen.

in God’s shoes… prayer concerns and celebrations (Apr 22)

Please pray this week for the following concerns and celebrations brought before God on the third Sunday of Easter, April 22nd:

Please continue to pray for those concerns and celebrations listed from last week.

Tonight during worship, instead of having us pass on our concerns and celebrations to her and to the congregation as a whole, Rev. Jane had us break up into pairs.  Each person would play both God and pray-er.  It was a way to help us get a stronger sense of Someone hearing our prayers, as well as a way to help us imagine what God must feel when hearing our prayers.

So, perhaps another way to pray this week is that all the prayers we offered to each other tonight be answered.  We could also pray that we continue to gain a stronger sense of God right there listening and a stronger sense of God’s true nature (i.e., Love) by imagining how we ourselves would respond to our own prayers (and others’).

Look graciously upon us, O Holy Spirit, and give us for our hallowing thoughts that pass into prayer, prayers that pass into love, and love that passes into life with you for ever.  (Book of Common Prayer, Collect for the Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost)

tenderness, strength, and love

The Lord’s Prayer from last Sunday’s service:

Most compassionate Life-giver,
may we honor and praise you!
May we work with you to establish
your new order of justice, peace and love

Give us what we need for growth,
and help us, through forgiving others,
to accept forgiveness.

Strengthen us in the time of testing,
that we may resist all evil.
For all the tenderness, strength, and love are yours,
now and forever! Amen!
(Bill Wallace)

O God bring us from our famine and self-dependence to Jerusalem and beyond — to Jesus our Savior.

Last night’s communion prayer:

cup, bread, communionGod of our ancestors and God of our children, we come knowing we have preferred to test you, rather than to trust you. The famine in our souls makes us long to be filled with the empty promises of the world. We listen to the soothing words of the advertisers, rather than to the uncomfortable words of discipleship.

Forgive us, God of our lives. Bring us out of that dependence on ourselves, and bring us into the presence of the One we seek to follow, not only to Jerusalem, but beyond — into life with you forever, Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.

Spirit of God, send forth your light, your flame, your healing, and your strength

the call to worship from last night’s worship service:

facing East: Spirit of God, who in the beginning of time moved upon the face of the waters, we call upon you, wind of east, of the air, creative source, golden eagle of the dawn, whirlwind, star-abiding one, rising sun: come by the air that is your breath. . . send forth your light. . . be among us now.

facing South: Spirit of God, who frees us and calls us to the continuing task of liberation, we call upon you, wind of the south, wind of fire, flaming one, summer warmth, spark of life, wind of change and hope, come by the fire that is your power. . . send forth your flame. . . be among us now.

facing West: Spirit of God, who gives us birth, who nurtures and sustains us, we call upon you, wind of the west, wind of water, rain maker, grey robed twilight, evening star, gentle breeze, touch of compassion, come by the water of birth and renewal, send forth your healing. . . be among us now.

facing North: Spirit of God, in whom we live and move and have our being, we call upon you, wind of the north, wind of earth, cornerstone of all power, stone, mountain, fertile field, north star, center of the whirling midnight sky, come by the earth that is your body. . . send forth your strength. . . be among us now.

All: Spirit of God, of creation, of liberation, of healing, of strength, we seek you beyond the borders of time, where night and day, birth and death, joy and sorrow meet as one. Come, be among us now.

Lord Jesus be born in us tonight

Eucharist image the communion liturgy from our Christmas eve service:

Let us affirm the love that God has for us — a love that was not, and cannot, be hindered.
We thank God for coming unto us; we praise God for Christ’s birth into our world.
It was cold and Mary and Joseph were fearful.
But that did not stop the birth.
They had no place fitting for their child.
But that did not stop the birth.
And today we are still sometimes cold and fearful, certainly poor in many ways.
We often feel that we have no place and are unclear about what God wants of us.
But these things did not stop the birth of Jesus then, nor will they do it now. To all who are open to God’s leading, God comes.
Lord Jesus be born in us tonight.

“Tomorrow, I will come” (The Great O Antiphons)

O Antiphons (all)I just found out something cool.

First, have you ever heard of “The Great O Antiphons”? They’re the source of the verses in the hymn O Come O Come Emmanuel. Since the middle ages, they’ve been said or sung at evening prayer, one each per evening, the seven days leading up to Christmas eve. Each verse highlights a title of the Messiah and a prophecy from Isaiah: O Sapientia (O Wisdom), O Adonai (O Lord), O Radix Jesse (O Root of Jesse), O Clavis David (O Key of David), O Oriens (O Rising Sun), O Rex Gentium (O King of the Gentiles), and O Emmanuel (O God-with-us).

What’s cool is what you can see when you get to Christmas eve. You’ve just sung “O Emmanuel” (O “God with us”). You look back at the verses you’ve sung each day the previous week, and if you read the first letter of each verse (in Latin), you see the letters e r o c r a s formed: Emmanuel, Rex, Oriens, Clavis, Radix, Adonai, Sapientia which mean “Tomorrow, I will come.” It’s as if Jesus has just rewarded you with a personal whisper: “Tomorrow, I will come.”

That’s neat. The monks probably arranged it that way, but it’s a wonderful little extra-added sign of their faith (and an inspiration to ours). So, after seven days of praying these antiphons, we too can get to the last day, look back, see the message ero cras and rejoice that the Holy One will be here with us tomorrow.

Tomorrow, Christ will come.

O Antiphons (Rex Gentium)Here are the great O antiphons:
December 17 — O SAPIENTIA: O Wisdom, you came forth from the mouth of the Most High and, reaching from beginning to end, you ordered all things mightily and sweetly. Come, and teach us the way of prudence.

December 18 — O ADONAI: O Adonai and Ruler of the House of Israel, you appeared to Moses in the fire of the burning bush and on Mount Sinai gave him your law. Come, and with outstretched arm redeem us.

December 19 — O RADIX JESSE: O Root of Jesse, you stand as a sign for the peoples; before you kings shall keep silence and to you all nations shall have recourse. Come, save us, and do not delay.

December 20 — O CLAVIS DAVID: O Key of David and Scepter of the House of Israel; you open and no one closes; you close and no one opens. Come, and deliver from the chains of prison those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death.

December 21 — O ORIENS: O Rising Dawn, Radiance of the Light eternal and Sun of Justice: come and enlighten those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death.

December 22 — O REX GENTIUM: O King of the Gentiles and the Desired of all, you are the cornerstone that binds two into one. Come, and save humanity which you fashioned out of clay.

December 23 — O EMMANUEL: O Emmanuel, our King and Lawgiver, the Expected of the nations and their Savior. Come and save us, O Lord our God.