Almighty God, may we be marked as your own forever. Broadcast your mercy within our hearts; may they receive your guidance as a spring field absorbs rain.
Let us set a table before our enemies, and be reconciled to them, as You call us back to You again and again. Help us let go of vengeance, mindful of our own sinfulness and failure to do what we know is right. Bring us out of anger into love, and out of self-righteousness into compassion. In all we do, let it be for your glory rather than our own comfort or sense of power.
Make us fierce in guarding the weakest of your children, and vigilant in prayer for those who seek You. Anoint those who call upon with the mark of love, and gather to You those for whom we pray.
Merciful God, we come before You, grateful for your lovingkindess and forgiveness for our manifold faults. Help us to be truly repentant for all the hurts we have caused and continue to cause. Help us to be good neighbors and good friends to those we encounter. Let us remember that we are here for but a short while, and to run the race set before us with perseverance and honor. Guide the hands and hearts of your people to strive to be worthy of proclaiming your Name. Watch over your people in their times of trial, we pray, and bless them, especially those we now name.
Loving One, we come before you in prayer as the day begins.
Make us a priestly people, guided by your word and sacraments. Give us the will to carry your banner into the world by our actions.
Watch over those who worry or weep, or who anxiously face the dawn. Comfort those who feel lost or alone, and help them to know the love of You, and the love of those around them. Sustain those who mourn, and strengthen those in distress.
We ask especially that you bless and uphold those whom we now name.
O God of Grace, You are our salvation: may our eyes behold your light and illumine our hearts with Love. Your Love, O God, is a soothing balm: the merciful gift of Love sets us on solid rock when we flounder.
Let us place before You the hurts that burden us: your Love heals us and sets us free. Let us place before You the aches and pains of weary hearts: your Love heals us and releases us to joy. Let us place before You our woundedness and fly free of its pull: your Love heals us and reminds us to love each other. Let us place before You the fears that hold us back from loving others: your Love heals us and makes us whole. Let us place before You our failure to see You in each other: your Love heals us and calls us to be loving in all things.
May our silences and our words, our actions and our thoughts, our hands and our hearts be instruments of your love today. May your love rest upon all who cry to You, O God of Tenderness, especially those whom we now name.
The Christian cannot simply take for granted the privilege of living among other Christians. Jesus Christ lived in the midst of his enemies. In the end all his disciples abandoned Him. On the cross he was all alone, surrounded by criminals and the jeering crowds. He had come for the express purpose of bringing peace to the enemies of God. So Christians, too, belong not in the seclusion of a cloistered life but in the midst of enemies. There they find their mission, their work.
O God, the King eternal, whose light divides the day from the night and turns the shadow of death into the morning: Drive far from us all wrong desires, incline our hearts to keep your law, and guide our feet into the way of peace; that, having done your will with cheerfulness during the day, we may, when night comes, rejoice to give you thanks; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. - The Book of Common Prayer
Almighty God, you are our castle and fortress, and we turn to You in thanksgiving. May we drink deeply of your life-giving Word and sacraments today.
We lay before You all our sins; You know them, Lord, as you know the hairs on our heads, yet gift us with your grace. We ask not only for pardon but for strength to amend our wrongs, and determination to walk humbly with You, mindfully, prayerfully, gratefully. May we turn from treasuring our hurts and shielding our hearts to stand upright before your altar, in integrity and peace.
May we instead take up the burden of love and mercy. May we not just speak of love, but live it, to find the burden is easy and the yoke light indeed.
May we see each other with new eyes, and rejoice in the fellowship of saints and sinners, all the beloved of God.
We remember and pray for the needs and thanksgivings of our loved ones, and ask that your love and peace be given in double portion to those we now name.
“Now, Master, you may let your servant go in peace, according to your word, for my eyes have seen your salvation, which you prepared in the sight of all the peoples: a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and glory for your people Israel.”