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.
O God of hope, the news is troubling, so much in this world is discouraging, violence, deceit, addiction, war, health concerns around the world, mental health concerns that plague the soul— all of it is so much to bear. I, like many others, wonder does anything we do in our daily lives actually make a difference? What difference do we make, God? What hope do we have? I wonder these things, but I also have hope, as I see people making a difference. I see your movement in some of the most challenging situations. I sense your presence even amid the pain— especially amid the pain. I see it, God, help me to further it. Embolden me to not only see hope, transformation, and your dynamic movement, but to become a participant in hope, change, and your movement in this world. Your kin(g)dom come. Amen.
God of Transformation, bring healing into our lives. Bring doctors, bring counselors, bring the faithful, bring the teachers, bring the spiritual guides and the law makers, bring fresh new voices and wisdom from experience, bring souls who desire loving transformation, bring your beloved community together. God, bring healing into our lives, so we may see your work taking hold in this hurting world, and so that we may begin to see ourselves as people who together can further your healing love, your reconciliation, your peace, your truly transformative ways. Amen.
A prayer after reading Deuteronomy 30:15-20 Spirit of Transformation, During this season of Lent And as we encounter death and adversity, Which feel very real to us today, Help us choose life. Again and again, may we choose life And endeavor to offer the fullness of life to others; So we may live into the ways you set before us— The ways of your blessed, collective reign, The ways of life and prosperity. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.
God of Transformation,
We give you thanks for the redemption story
of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection.
May we know and grow in your transforming love.
- Jesus, we rejoice in your prophetic ministry.
- Jesus, we rejoice in your healing ministry.
- Jesus, we rejoice in your teaching ministry.
- Jesus, we rejoice in your servant ministry.
- …with us
- …in us
- …around us
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Gracious God, We acknowledge that, at times, we have questioned our instinct to act in accordance with your justice, compassion, and love. Forgive us, God. And, renew our courage to act, So that we may help heal and transform the world Through your divine love. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.
O Come, O Come Hope of our hearts, Love among people, Spirit in action, Peace in our world, Light in the darkness, Grace that restores, Peace in our souls, Healer Divine. O God who is all of these gifts, Who is God with us, Emmanuel, Help us to see, and to receive and to add To the flourishing of these precious gifts, So we may see transformation for the better And not forget your divine presence in this world. We pray in the name of the one who came to us, And the one for whom we wait. Amen.
Life-giving God, help me see
The potential for life among the dreary.
In the seemingly hopeless, you still abide.
You revive and restore and return to life.
You can work alone, but so often, it’s true,
You call upon us to use our gifts for you.
You’ve given us gifts to transform the world,
And so we sing, fervently, “Joy to the World.”
God who watches over us, dwells within us, and moves around and through us, hear our prayer for the world. You know that we live in a world plagues with violence, hatred, discrimination, and injustice; and we’re tempted to love hope as fear and despair haunt us. We pray, O God, in your loving kindness, that you direct us to your light; so our hope may be restored, our lives filled with purpose, and the world transformed to your glory. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.