Gracious and Merciful God, Whose radical forgiveness we can’t fully fathom, Fill us with your grace, and enlarge our capacity to forgive; So that we can break free from the ways of judgment and hate And learn to be more like Jesus. In his name, we pray. Amen. “Then Jesus said, ‘Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing…” Luke 23:24 NRSV
The following prayer can be sung to this Irish tune Beauty of sunlight and hope in my soul, Show me the way to illumine the world. When days are dreary and trials set in, May I remember the hope that you give. Though I have stumbled and turned from your ways, You meet my faults with a gracious refrain. You guide me onward down more loving roads Where hope still blossoms and grace overflows.  Hymn tune: SLANE (Be Thou My Vision)
Spirit of God, We talk and talk and talk, But what are we saying? Do we know? At times, we think we know. We claim to know. We convince ourselves and others That we know; and yet, in turn, We shut out a world of possibilities. God of possibilities, Enlarge our understanding. Grant us the grace to be more open and the humility to embrace the wonder and mystery of your ways. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.
O God, I breathe in the silence, and remember the times when I cluttered the silence with unnecessary or harmful words. O God, I draw near to you in prayer And remember the times when I forgot you are with me— that you are present and moving in this world. O God, I slow my pace, And remember the times when I drowned out people’s cries with the noise of a busy life. O God, my heart goes out to others, But I remember the times when I let chasms grow between myself and the others I encountered. O God, I seek your forgiveness, And remember the times When I stumbled, and fell, And failed to love as you do. O God, hear my prayer, now and always, Let me sense your abiding grace.
This prayer can be sung to the tune of O Come, O Come Emmanuel (VENI EMMANUEL) O Source of Peace, supply us with the grace To see the sin that sharpens our divides And meet the hate and pain with your love, So we may join your reconciling song. The world, our life, is riddled with dis-ease But with your Spirit we may foster peace.
Gracious and loving God, we pray… For those who don’t know if or where they’ll find warmth when it is freezing For those who don’t know if or where they’ll find respite from the busyness For those who don’t know if or where they’ll find nourishment for their hunger For those who don’t know if or where they’ll find hope in the midst of despair For those who don’t know if or where they’ll find peace amid destruction and violence For those who don’t know if or where they’ll find grace to counter judgment For those who don’t know if or where they’ll find love with any kind of sincerity. We pray, O God, for your beloved people, and for their very present needs. And, we pray that we might find a way to offer some relief.
This prayer can be sung to the tune of O Come, O Come Emmanuel (VENI EMMANUEL) O Source of Joy, supply us with the grace To sense your presence in this moment now, So we may come to know deep within The blessings of Emmanuel With us, in life, in happiness and grief “God with us” is our joy and our belief.
This prayer can be sung to the tune of O Come, O Come Emmanuel (VENI EMMANUEL) O Source of Love, supply us with the grace To be like Jesus in this world of pain To love and let your goodness be known Responding with compassion from our souls In words, in deeds, in all the ways we live May we extend the healing love you give.