Most Gracious God, O hear our prayer. Reveal your Spirit among us. In times of happiness and despair, Let lasting joy fill and hold us. We see a world of pain, where wounds obscure your goodness. You see your unfolding reign of healing, grace, and justice. This prayer can be sung to the tune of GREENSLEEVES.
O God, show us how to be faithful when time flies by, and tasks add up, and traditions lose their meaning. May we be open to your Spirit, So familiar words ring true. Let us find honest refrains, And not just adopt last year’s joy. Let us be present, alive, and not lost in traditions gone by. God, there’s so much meaning in this season, And yet so much we do not see. In the days and weeks ahead, Inspire us to dig deeper and reflect on what’s good, just, noble and true. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.
Dark evenings, flurries of snow, a nice deep breath at the end of a long day, a soft, warm kitty curled up on my lap, music, memories, and a warm cup of tea— for the little blessings and the peace they bring, O God, I give you thanks. “We are never more than one grateful thought away from peace of the heart.” ~Brother David Steindl-Rast
O God, tis the season for music, For special concerts, caroling, canned music, and sacred refrains, Some of it inspires service. Some of it inspires spending. Some of it sparks fond memories, and some of it seems shallow at best. But, God, there is another kind of music this season— Music not heard on a stage or in a store, Not recorded or performed, but rather welling up within. The music of this season is that sweet song of the soul. And so, O God, amid the Advent cacophony, as hopes of a shiny, perfect Christmas close in, Let us keep returning to that sacred song. May we hear your Spirit’s echoes within.
A prayer after reading Luke 3:1-6 O God, you are a dynamic God, You call us to a dynamic response. You call us to prepare a way. You call us to partner with you, So we might further your restorative work in this world And see positive change continue to unfold in new and meaningful ways. God, you call us. Help us heed that call. May we be open to your inspiration, responsive to your direction, active participants in your movement of love, peace, justice, and healing. May we prepare the way of the Lord. Amen.
Most Gracious God, O hear our prayer. Reveal your Spirit among us. When anger festers and violence flares, Let peace propel us toward wholeness, We see a world of pain, where wounds obscure your goodness. You see your unfolding reign of healing, grace, and justice. This prayer can be sung to the tune of GREENSLEEVES.
I choose to live the day ahead With the tune that I learned as a young kid. Dona Nobis Pacem. Grant us peace. I remember sitting among my peers, Learning the notes to this simple prayer: Dona Nobis Pacem. Grant us peace. I heard the strains circle around the room. We sang it in parts, as best we could Dona Nobis Pacem. Grant us peace. Unity and diversity woven in that simple song We needed many voices to let the music sound. Dona Nobis Pacem. Grant us peace. There are messages embedded in that memory and song That ring out with relevancy to our world today. And so, I pray Dona Nobis Pacem. Grant us peace. I choose to live the day ahead With the tune that I learned as a young kid. Dona Nobis Pacem. Grant us peace. Amen.
A prayer after reading Luke 3:1-6 God, I like to feel prepared, organized, ready. I try to stay focused, work diligently, and prepare, So that I do my job well. In my head, my job well done will benefit others and please you. And I think, to some extent, that’s true. But God, I also recognize that I want to feel prepared to help calm my anxiety, to cling to some illusion of control, and to try to avoid embarrassment. Yet in this season, O God, you call us to prepare Not so we feel less anxious, not so we avoid embarrassment, or so we look good. In this season and beyond, You call us to prepare for your sake, so you may be known, So a pathway to your people may be clear; so that your spirit may freely move in, through, and all around us. God, in this Advent season, may I shift my focus, turning my attention to you and preparing for your hope, peace, joy, and love to flourish in this world. This is my prayer. Amen.
O come, O come Emmanuel And fill our hearts with hope, Activate our imaginations Inspire us to dream. So in uncertain days of injustice and pain, So when despair closes in, And we can’t find our way, We may find you in our hearts, becoming people of hope, Living hope, spreading hope, Furthering your transformative work in this world. Let this be our prayer, O God. In Christ’s name, we pray. Amen. *The first line of this prayer is taken from the O Antiphons and the Advent hymn O Come, O Come Emmanuel.