Spirit of God, our breath, inspiration, and Source of wise words that seem to come from nowhere, Thank you. Your gifts along this journey are numerous, If we are able to recognize them. Amen.
O God, I have questions with no obvious answers, questions not fully formed. I have this longing, this curiosity. And, I know it’s your Spirit working in me. I know you’re asking something of me, Though I am not sure what exactly. God, all I can do is commit to exploring, To lean into this feeling, and continue the work of discernment. Help me draw near to you in this process. Show me the way. Let me be. Amen.
O God who is with us as we wait, as we sit with anxious thoughts, and live with unknowns, let us breathe your calming Spirit, let us grow in our capacity to trust, let us draw near to you at this time, so we may step out in faith and turn our waiting into a dynamic response. Amen.
O God, today I want to embrace the grey— The cloudiness, the mystery, the liminal space. I want to be okay with ambiguity and accumulating questions. I want to linger in the haze, the unknown. And there I think I’ll find your gently nudging Spirit. For I’ve found her there before.
O God, Spirit that emboldens, Source of our courage, You urge us again and again to live in hope and faith Not in worry or fear. And yet, it’s so easy to fixate On what might go wrong. It’s so easy to turn away from challenges, And to flee from difficult situations. Forgive us, O God, For our tendency to run and hide, And embolden us to step out in faith once again. Help us resist the urge to retreat in fear, And let us look to you for courage and strength. So we might be more authentic. So we might step up and do the right thing. So we might be agents of transformation And boldly live the lives you call us to live. Amen.
Revive our weary souls, Spirit, Breath, Spirit, Song Revive our weary souls, Spirit, Song, Revive our weary souls With music new and old That heals us and the world With its sounds, your true sounds, That heals us and the world with its sounds. This prayer can be sung to the tune WONDROUS LOVE.
O Spirit deep within, Speak to me, speak to me, O Spirit deep within, speak to me. O Spirit deep within, Oh tell me once again, Who I am called to be Here and now, here and now, Who I am called to be Here and now. This prayer can be sung to the tune WONDROUS LOVE.
A Prayer of Gratitude O God, I breathe and find a quiet center, And reflect on the little things that made this day special. I give thanks for the morning sunlight, for warmer air, and for a generally refreshing start to the day. I give thanks for the people I met, for the conversations we shared, and for other connections made. I give thanks for music, moments of laughter, for sacred pauses, for bits of inspiration. I give thanks for life in my body, stirrings of the heart, Activity of the mind, and for the spirit within. Thank you, God, for the gift of life, For the gift of today, and hope for tomorrow. Amen.
When days are full and our lives are busy, God, let us give thanks for the many blessings they hold, For holy interruptions, unexpected connections, Opportunities for ministry, for your Spirit that sustains. Let us see through our tired eyes, Let us feel through our tired bodies, Let us know through our overworked brains, That you are with us, working, blessing. Let us sense our higher purpose, And journey forward once again.