Prayer for the Day

Friday,
December 3, 2021

Tall trees reaching high in the afternoon blue sky near the CIT Bathrooms in the Family Campground; November 29, 2021 by JHS.
Loving God, you are our peace;
prepare our hearts for your coming.

Forge the swords of bitterness
into plows of blessing;
till the soil of our souls
for your springing forth in us.

Remove our heart’s defensive armor,
clothe us in light alone,
and pierce our wide-open hearts
with your love.

By your Spirit in us, may we be at peace:
awake,
and ready to welcome your presence.
Amen.

Prayer: 1st Sunday in Advent prayer by Steve Garnaas-Holmes © 2013 Alive Now, p. 39. Permission granted to use in worship settings.

Thursday,
December 2, 2021

Throwback Thursday photo of the sun setting over Ossipee Lake, Women’s Weekend #3 2016; Photo by Charlotte Marks.
God, giver of life,
you intend for people
to live together in peace.
In this time of grief over gun violence,
we pray for your presence among us.
That, trusting
in your mighty and gentle healing,
we may live in hope.
Make us all instruments of your peace,
we pray. Amen.

Prayer: Adapted from "Lamenting Gun Violence Prayers," All Creation Sings, Augsburg Fortress © 2020, Augsburg Fortress Liturgies Annual License SAS006505.

Wednesday,
December 1, 2021

Peaceful and calm waters of Ossipee Lake and the Boating Department flagpole; November 29, 2021 by JHS.
O God, we cry out once again.

We pray for the victims of yesterday’s school shooting in Michigan. Surround the Oxford High School community with your love and care in their grief. We commend those who lost their lives to you, O God, and pray for healing for the wounded ones. We pray for each student, staff and family as they cope with the effects of such a tragedy. Somehow, we pray O God, may your peace be present in this traumatized community. Amen.

On this first day of December,
we are waiting, O God of love.
Make us one body.
We are waiting, O Lord Jesus.
Reconcile your people.
Come now, O Prince of Peace.
Amen.

Prayers: Opening prayer by JHS and concluding petitions adapted from the Advent hymn, “Come Now, O Prince of Peace” by Geonyong Lee, Evangelical Lutheran Worship #247.

Tuesday,
November 30, 2021

Lamp waiting for the Saturday evening desserts to arrive for November Women's Weekends 2021. Photo by Grace Korman.
Keep your lamps trimmed and burning,
keep your lamps trimmed and burning,
keep your lamps trimmed and burning,
for this work's almost done.

Refrain:
Children, don't grow weary;
children, don't grow weary;
children, don't grow weary,
for this work's almost done.

Darker midnight lies before us…
for this work's almost done.

Lo, the morning soon is breaking…
for this work's almost done.

Keep your lamps trimmed and burning…
for this work's almost done.

Prayer Text: Keep Your Lamps Trimmed and Burning, African American spiritual from “All Creation Sings” #948.

“Keep Your Lamps Trimmed and Burning” may have been written by enslaved people and used originally to communicate escape plans. It urges singers to be watchful and focused on Jesus, just as Jesus tells the disciples to pay attention to the leaves of the fig tree to predict the nearness of summer. The steady beat inspires courage and forward motion in difficult times.” (“My Heart Shall Sing”, Hymn Commentary by Barn Geese Worship licensed under CC BY-NC 4.0.)

For more detailed information and music for this hymn “Keep Your Lamps Trimmed and Burning,” please go to our worship blog for November 28 at https://www.calumet.org/about/sundaymoments

Monday,
November 29, 2021

Calumet’s Boathouse along the waterfront, November 20, 2021; Photo contributed by Charlotte Marks, Women’s Weekend #3 guest.
The Lord be with you.
And also with you.

As we enter this season of Advent,
may the love of God,
the grace of Jesus,
and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit
be with and abide with us all.
Amen!

Prayer: Adapted from an Advent Greeting; Reprinted with permission from The Worship Sourcebook, Second Edition, ©2013, Faith Alive Christian Resources, p. 432.

Sunday,
November 28, 2021

Morning light shining over Ossipee Lake between Johnson Hall and West Junior End cabins. Sunday morning, November 14, 2021 by JHS.
Let us wait patiently for the Lord.
God’s restoration will surely come.

Let us take courage
in the face of the darkness.
God’s light will surely shine.

Let us follow wherever God leads.
God’s guidance is surely true.

Let us receive the Lord anew.
God’s salvation has surely come.

Come, Lord Jesus, come.
Amen.

Go in peace this week,
protected by the light of Christ.
Thanks be to God.

For more worship tools for this Advent season, please go to our worship blog at https://www.calumet.org/about/sundaymoments. Here you will find an Advent wreath lighting rite, a prayer for the day, the story behind the hymn “My Lord, What a Morning”, prayers of the people, and an Advent blessing.

Prayer: Concluding prayer & dismissal from “An Advent Service of Lament and Hope,” sundaysandseasons.com; Augsburg Fortress Liturgies Annual License # SAS006505.

Saturday,
November 27, 2021

Walking on the path (next to Ossipee Lake Road) from the Family Campground to the Conference Center during the photography walk on Women’s Weekend #3, November 20, 2021; Photo by Grace Korman.
Let us walk gently into this day,
loving God.
May we be your hands,
your feet, your heart
to all we meet.
Amen.

Prayer: Alive Now, Sept/Oct 2014 issue, p. 41.

Friday,
November 26, 2021

Sunset over Ossipee Lake, November 19, 2021 by Charlotte Marks, Women’s Weekend #3 2021 guest.
Grant, O God,
that your holy and life-giving Spirit
may so move every human heart
that barriers which divide us
may crumble,
suspicions disappear,
and hatreds cease;
that our divisions being healed,
we may live in justice and peace;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Prayer: Prayer for Social Justice, from the Book of Common Prayer, September 1979, p. 823.

Thursday,
November 25, 2021

View from Calumet’s Jackman Ridge, November 20, 2021 by Charlotte Marks, Women’s Weekend #3 2021 guest.
Lord, we thank you for your abundant generosity and never-ending grace. Help us to responsibly manage our resources and share your love with our neighbors in need, here and globally. Let us remember you, the source of all our blessings, as we give thanks for all we have, all we’ve had, and all that’s yet to come; through Jesus Christ your Son. Amen.

Praise God,
from whom all blessings flow.
Praise God,
all creatures here below.
Praise God,
above, ye heavenly host.
Creator, Christ, and Holy Ghost!
Amen.

First Prayer: Adapted by JHS from ELCA Prayer Ventures for November 2013 and November 2021.

Second Prayer: Inclusive Doxology — First Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, Bellingham, Washington USA; https://worshipwords.co.uk/tag/contemporary-doxology/; Original words by Thomas Ken (1637–1711).

Wednesday,
November 24, 2021

Johnson Hall (Lakeside Dining Hall), November 7, 2021 by JHS.
O God,
when I have food,
help me to remember the hungry.
When I have work,
help me to remember the jobless.
When I have a home,
help me to remember those
who have no home at all.
When I am without pain,
help me to remember those who suffer.
And remembering,
help me to destroy my complacency,
stir my compassion,
and be concerned enough to help,
by word and deed,
those who cry out
for what we take for granted.
Amen.

Prayer—"A Thanksgiving Prayer” by Rev. Samuel F. Pugh, who died peacefully in his sleep on December 23, 2007, at the age of 103. Rev. Pugh was an ordained minister of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) for over 70 years.

https://www.aquinas.edu/posts/thanksgiving-reflection

Tuesday,
November 23, 2021

Morning Light over Ossipee Lake on All Saints Sunday, November 7, 2021 at Women’s Weekend #1; Photo by Donna Kerry.
As we begin this holiday season, we remember, reflect, and give thanks for those who have gone before us, the ordinary saints in our lives. We give thanks for the gift of God’s grace expressed in us all, broken and not perfect people, but loved completely by God.

God of all ages,
we praise you for all your people
who have done justice, loved mercy,
and walked humbly with their God.

We praise you for all
who have sought your new creation,
and who, by their steadfast faith,
have shown their discipleship
in Christ Jesus.

We praise you
for whom we have known and loved,
and pray that we, with them,
may follow the way of Christ,
and, at the last,
dwell in your holy city,
sharing the inheritance of the saints in light,
through your Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ.
Amen.

Prayer: Intro: JHS; “God of all ages…”, Liturgical Year, The Worship of God: Supplemental Liturgical Resource 7, Presbyterian Church (USA), 1992, pp. 264-265.

Monday,
November 22, 2021

View of the Conference Center Dining Room window cross, November 2021 by JHS.
So many requests this morning, O God.
We lift up the community of Waukesha, WI
as they mourn the loss of lives
and care for injured children and adults.
Be with the Christmas parade participants,
spectators, and families
as they cope with such a tragedy.

Be with all who are traveling this holiday week.
We pray for safe travels and peace
in airports, train stations, bus stations
and on all highways, airways,
and waterways.

Be with all who may be experiencing
any anxiety, stress or sadness
as the holiday season begins.

Surround us all with your love
that never ends.
Amen.

Prayer: Judy Hakanson Smith

Sunday,
November 21, 2021

Afternoon sunlight shining over Ossipee Lake in front of Calumet’s waterfront; November 16 by JHS.
Oh Jesus,
you are the King of Glory,
you are the Lord of Lords,
and King of Kings.
And we pray
that your Kingdom will reign forever
in our hearts and in this world.

Lord,
we pray for your Kingdom to come here now,
bringing a kingdom of justice,
righteousness, hope, love,
peace, mercy and grace for all.

Lord,
we ask that you rule in our hearts,
lead in this world
and govern over your kingdom.

But Lord honestly,
we often have our own plans and agendas
and we want to be rulers of our world.
Forgive us for those times.
Help us to know how to live
as your Kingdom People in these times.

Lord,
thank you for being a different kind of King.
Thank you for your goodness and kindness
in our lives.
Thank you for your generosity.
Thank you for loving us.
Thank you for your Kingdom
that is unlike any Kingdom in this world.
Amen.

For more worship tools for today, please go to our worship blog at https://www.calumet.org/about/sundaymoments

Prayer: Adapted from a “Prayer for Christ the King Sunday” by Rev. Abi, on her Long and Winding Road blog; from https://re-worship.blogspot.com/.../prayer-for-christ...

Saturday,
November 20, 2021

Tall pines reaching upward to the evening skies with the moon behind the clouds over an opening campfire in front of the Conference Center during the first night of Women’s Weekend #3, November 19, 2021, 8:30pm by JHS.
Gracious God, keep us working and praying for the day when your justice will roll down like waters, and your righteousness like an ever-flowing stream. Replenish our strength and stir up our hope as we look for signs of your coming reign. And fill us with the peace that passes understanding—the deep peace of Jesus Christ our Savior, in whose holy name we pray. Amen.

Prayer: “All Creation Sings” Worship Supplement, Prayer of Lament Litany, p. 61; Augsburg Fortress © 2020, Annual License #SAS006505

Friday,
November 19, 2021

Looking toward the Nature Department with a glimpse of the Bug House behind the autumn leaves, November 16, 2021 by JHS.
God our constant,
you love our universe
from beginning to end.
As the seasons change,
protect animals
that migrate and hibernate.
Bring them safely
to a sheltered place
and a more abundant season.
Amen.

Prayer: Prayer petition from Prayers of Intercession, November 14, 2021, www.sundaysandseasons.com, Annual License #SAS006505

Thursday,
November 18, 2021

Sunrise over Ossipee Lake, November 14, 2021 by Lisa Stone, Women’s Weekend #2 guest.
God,
you are the source of human dignity,
and it is in your image
that we are created.

Pour out on us
the spirit of love and compassion.
Enable us to reverence each person,
to reach out to anyone in need,
to value and appreciate
those who differ from us,
to share the resources of our nation,
and to receive the gifts offered to us
by people from other cultures.

Grant that we may always promote
the justice and acceptance
that ensures lasting peace
and racial harmony.
Help us to remember
that we are one world and one family.
Amen.

Prayer: Australian Catholic Social Justice Council; https://socialjustice.catholic.org.au

Wednesday,
November 17, 2021

East Junior End cabins at noontime on a fall day, November 16, 2021 by JHS.
Lord Jesus,
you told great stories.
They helped people
make sense of their lives,
they revealed God in ordinary things,
they encouraged and changed people.
Make us more ready to share our stories.
Give us words where we are tongue tied,
confidence to know our stories matter,
and tact to know
the right place to tell them.
Also, most importantly,
make us ready to listen.
Amen.

Prayer: “Stories”, The Pattern of Our Days: Worship in the Celtic Tradition from the Iona Community, edited by Kathy Galloway, © 1996 Paulist Press, p. 99.

Tuesday,
November 16, 2021

Brook along the soccer field and road between the athletic fields, August 13, 2021, by Liz Kelley, Women’s Weekend #2 guest.
God of those we’ve lost this year,
God of what we’ve found:
our grief speaks to the beauty of life
and the toll that comes at the end
of each connection.
Death can offer a lesson
to the lasting goodness of life,
pain that means that love is real.
May we never forget
that our grief gives proof of something
that was and continues to be true:
That our hope endures
in being held in your undying love.
Amen.

Prayer: “God of Our Fallen Grain” by Alex Wimberly, p. 54. https://www.corrymeela.org/news/212/god-of-the-fallen-grain and https://www.facebook.com/Corrymeela

Monday,
November 15, 2021

A late autumn view of Ossipee Lake from Jackman Ridge by Women’s Weekend #2 guest Lori Geshelin, November 13, 2021.
Go out into the world in peace;
have courage;
hold on to what is good;
return no one evil for evil;
strengthen the fainthearted;
support the weak,
and help the suffering;
honor all people;
love and serve the Lord,
rejoicing in the power of the Holy Spirit.

Prayer: Charge to the People, Option A, “This Far by Faith Holy Communion Setting Three” from sundaysandseasons.com © 2021 Augsburg Fortress. All rights reserved. Augsburg Fortress Liturgies Annual License: SAS006505

Sunday,
November 14, 2021

Outdoor Chapel in November, Photography Walk, Women’s Weekend #1, November 6, 2021 by JHS.
Times are changing.
In the midst of change,
you are the rock, O God,
the place of security.

Times are changing.
In the midst of change,
you are the strong one, O God,
the source of courage.

Times are changing.
In the midst of change,
you are the One longed for, O God,
the root of peace.

Amen.

For more worship tools for today, please go to our worship blog at https://www.calumet.org/about/sundaymoments

Prayer: Call to Worship for Proper 28 [33], Prayers to Share, Year B, © 2002 David Sparks, Wood Lake Books Inc., p.169.

Saturday,
November 13, 2021

“Morning Walk”, Calumet’s Waterfront, Women’s Weekend #1, November 6, 2021 by JHS.
Thank you, Lord,
for the endless ways
you reveal yourself to us.
We are so quick
to separate heaven from earth,
but you shine forth
in all things created by your hand.
Teach us that to delight
in the beauty of the earth
is another way of praising you.
Amen.

Prayer: From “Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals”, Claiborne, Wilson-Hartgrove, and Okoro, © 2010 by the Simple Way, (Zondervan), p. 518.

Friday,
November 12, 2021

Photo: Swing in front of the Office at Resident Camp; Photo by Kirsten Holmstedt taken on the afternoon photography walk on November 6, 2021 during Women’s Weekend #1.
Creator of all people,
in our amazing diversity
of size, shape, color, and giftedness:
guide us, by your grace,
to recognize the beauty and fitness
of all whom you have made
in your own image.
Give us gifts
of humility and generosity of spirit
to recognize in all people,
the face of our Savior, Jesus,
and to practice his commandment
to “love one another,”
toward the end of bringing
harmony and peace
among persons of all colors, origins,
and abilities,
for the sake of your Kingdom.

Prayer: Episcopal Diocese of West Virginia https://socialjusticeresourcecenter.org/prayers/racism/

Thursday,
November 11, 2021

Photo: Morning view of Ossipee Lake looking from the Staff House ramp, November 5, 2021 by Justina Victorino, Women’s Weekend #1 guest.
Almighty and ever-living God, we give you thanks for the men and women who have served and defended our country. Help us be mindful of the sacrifices they made and the hardship endured by their families and friends. Hear us, we pray, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

Prayer: Adapted from Evangelical Lutheran Worship Prayer Book for the Armed Services (Augsburg Fortress, 2013), p. 66.

Wednesday,
November 10, 2021

Photo: A view of Ossipee Lake from Jackman Ridge, November 6, 2021, Women’s Weekend #1; photo by Donna Kerry.
Grant us, Lord God,
a vision of your world
as your love would have it:
a world where the weak are protected,
and none go hungry or poor;
a world where the riches of creation
are shared,
and everyone can enjoy them;
a world where different races and cultures
live in harmony and mutual respect;
a world where peace
is built with justice,
and justice is guided by love.
Give us the inspiration
and courage to build it,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Prayer: United Church of Christ, June 19, 2020 from Discipleship Ministries, “Praying for Change: Daily Prayers for Anti-Racism (2020 Archive)”, https://www.umcdiscipleship.org/.../archive-praying-for...

Tuesday,
November 9, 2021

Photo:Morning light over Ossipee Lake along Calumet’s waterfront between Johnson Hall and WJE Cabin 1 where the tall pines cast long shadows; November 7, 2021 at 9:34am by JHS.
In darkness and in light,
in trouble and in joy
help us, heavenly Father,
to trust your love,
to serve your purpose,
and to praise your name,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Prayer: Rev. Traci Smith’s Weekly Treasure Box email, 11/2/21; from Common Worship: Services and Prayers for the Church of England, Common Worship: Pastoral Services, and Common Worship: A Simple Form of Daily Prayer, © The Archbishops' Council of the Church of England.

Monday,
November 8, 2021

Photo: Afternoon light on Ossipee Lake during Women’s Weekend #1 by Joan Rossi, November 6, 2021.
God, who makes all things new,
send us out this week by your Spirit
to embrace the new beginnings
you have in store.
Give us eyes to see,
ears to hear,
and hearts that burn with love
for all creation.
Make us glad, grateful
and fearless people of God.
Amen.

Prayer: Adapted from excerpts from a Prayer of Confession and Benediction, The Abingdon Women’s Preaching Annual, edited by Leonora Tubbs Tisdale, © 2000 Abingdon Press, p. 148-149.

Sunday,
November 7, 2021

Photo: “A Great Cloud of Witnesses” over Ossipee Lake at sunrise from the Staff House, November 5, 2021 by Justina Victorino, Women’s Weekend #1.
In peace, let us pray to the Lord. Lord, have mercy.

For the peace from above, and for our salvation, let us pray to the Lord. Lord, have mercy.

For the peace of the whole world, for the well-being of the church of God, and for the unity of all, let us pray to the Lord. Lord, have mercy.

For the faithful who have gone before us and are at rest, let us give thanks to the Lord. Alleluia.

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses...let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the sake of the joy that was set before him endured the cross, disregarding its shame, and has taken his seat at the right hand of the throne of God. (Hebrews 12:1-2)

Looking to Jesus
and surrounded by the cloud of witnesses,
may we live forgiven,
running the race God has set before us
both now and to eternity,
in the name of the Father, and of ☩ the Son,
and of the Holy Spirit.
Amen.

Litany, Reading and Blessing: Remembering the Saints resources, sundaysandseasons.com © 2021 Augsburg Fortress. Augsburg Fortress Liturgies Annual License #SAS006505

For more worship resources for November, please go to our Worship Blog at https://www.calumet.org/about/sundaymoments

Saturday,
November 6, 2021

Photo: Night view of the Conference Center outdoor lights welcoming guests for Weekend #1 of Calumet’s November Women’s Weekends; November 5, 2021 by JHS.
Open the eyes of our hearts, Lord,
open the eyes of our hearts.
We want to see you,
we want to see you.

To see you high and lifted up,
shining in the light of your glory.
Pour out your power and love,
as we sing holy, holy, holy.

Holy, holy, holy…
Holy, holy, holy…
Holy, holy, holy…
We want to see you.
Amen.

Prayer: Adapted from “Open the Eyes of My Heart, Lord” by Paul Baloche © 1997 Integrity's Hosanna! Music. All rights reserved. CCLI License # 383771.

Friday,
November 5, 2021

Photo: Some of the North Senior End cabins with a glimpse of the Health Center/Winter Retreat Lodge, November 4, 2021 by JHS.
God,
we are used to seeing ourselves
as individuals with personal destinies.
Remind us
that we are made in your image,
the image of community.
Help us to love each other
and be made one as you are one.
Whisper your love to us
and let us whisper your love
to the world today.
Amen.

Prayer: Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals, by Claiborne, Wilson-Hartgrove, and Okoro, © 2010 by the Simple Way, (Zondervan), p. 506.

Thursday,
November 4, 2021

Photo: Afternoon autumn view of the front lawn of the Conference Center by the Micah Room windows; October 23, 2021 by JHS.
Lord,
please look on us with grace;
watch over us with love;
and surround us with peace.
Amen.

Prayer: The Abingdon Women’s Preaching Annual, compiled and edited by Lenora Tubbs Tisdale, © 2000 by Abingdon Press, p. 153.

Wednesday,
November 3, 2021

Photo: Calm Ossipee Lake waters in front of the boathouse with heavenly light filtering down through the clouds to the waters; October 23, 2021, by JHS.
Still waters restore my soul.
Calm waters revive my spirit.
Still waters restore my soul.
My cup overflows.
Amen.

Prayer: Rolf Vegdahl, based on Psalm 23, © 2009 Augsburg Fortress, One license A-700246. (From “Singing Our Faith: A companion to Holden Prayer Around the Cross”)

Tuesday,
November 2, 2021

Photo: A & C and Plastics under autumn afternoon blue skies, October 23, 2021 by JHS.
Lord,
make our hearts places of peace
and our minds harbors of tranquility.
Sow in our souls true love for you
and for one another;
And root deeply within us
friendship and unity,
and concord with reverence.
So we may give peace
to each other sincerely
and receive it beautifully.
Amen.

Prayer: Collect from the American Indian tradition, Morning Liturgy E, A Wee Worship Book, Fourth Incarnation, © 1999 Wild Goose Resource Group, GIA Publications, Inc., p.38.

Monday,
November 1, 2021

Photo: Luther Hall surrounded by tall pines, October 2021, by JHS.
Lord, your saints come from every nation and every tribe. Such is the beauty of your kingdom, where every race and people are honored and recognized as being made in your image. Help us live lives of peace and reconciliation that pay homage to the diversity of your great cloud of witnesses. Amen.

Prayer: "Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals" by Claiborne, Wilson-Hartgrove & Okoro, © 2012 The Simple Way, Zondervan, p. 505.

Sunday,
October 31, 2021

Photo: View of the Outdoor Chapel with a tiny glimpse of Autumn red splendor in the background, October 23, 2021 by JHS.
Almighty God, gracious Lord, we thank you that your Holy Spirit renews the church in every age. Pour out your Holy Spirit on your faithful people. Keep them steadfast in your word, protect and comfort them in times of trial, defend them against all enemies of the gospel, and bestow on the church your saving peace, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Prayer: Proper for October 31, Evangelical Lutheran Worship, page 58.

Saturday,
October 30, 2021

Photo: Calumet’s post summer waterfront with a view of the new retaining wall; October 23, 2021 by JHS.
The LORD of hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our refuge.
~Psalm 46:11 NRSV

Though the earth shall change,
though the mountains tremble,
though the waters rage,
you, God, are here.
Though the nations war,
though the peoples battle,
though the empire falters,
we will not fear.
Amen.

Prayer: Rolf Vegdahl and Tom Witt, based on Psalm 46 © 2009 Augsburg Fortress, One license A-700246. (From “Singing Our Faith: A companion to Holden Prayer Around the Cross”)

friday,
October 29, 2021

Photo: A view of the waterfront from the new steps of the Boathouse…looking toward the Family Camping Beach and surrounding beachfront with a glimpse of Luther Hall on the left. Flowers were still in bloom last weekend, October 23, 2021; photo by JHS.
Eternal God,
throughout this day,
enliven our minds,
inspire our conversation,
inform our decisions,
and protect those we love.
And should today bring
what we neither anticipate nor desire,
increase our faith
and decrease our pride
until we know that,
when we face the unexpected,
we do not stand alone.
Amen.

Prayer: From Daytime Liturgy B, A Wee Worship Book, Fourth Incarnation, © 1999 Wild Goose Resource Group, GIA Publications, Inc., p. 52.

Thursday,
October 28, 2021

Photo: A view of the Bath House from the little dirt lane entering the Family Campground from the Ossipee Lake Road near Site 49. Magnificent golden fall colors last weekend (before the rains and winds this week) on September 23, 2021 by JHS.
Saving God, we pray for those recovering from recent severe weather. Restore power to those in New England and give energy and hope to those cleaning up after storm damages. Ground all of us in your strength through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

O God, we thank you for the glorious company of the apostles, and especially on this day for Simon and Jude. We pray that, as they were faithful and zealous in your mission, so we may with ardent devotion make known the love and mercy of our Savior Jesus Chris, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Prayer 2: Proper for Simon and Jude, Apostles, October 28, Evangelical Lutheran Worship, page 58. We know little about these apostles. Simon is listed as "the zealot" or Cananean in New Testament lists. Jude, also called Thaddeus, asked Jesus at the last supper why he had revealed himself to the disciples but not to the world.

Wednesday,
October 27, 2021

Photo: Peaceful afternoon view of the Barn, the campfire ring and shadows of the tall trees on the green lawn in the Family Campground…looking across the street to the athletic fields on a beautiful autumn afternoon; October 23, 2021 by JHS.
May the Lord support us
all the day long,
till the shades lengthen
and the evening comes,
and the busy world is hushed,
and the fever of life is over,
and our work is done.
Amen.

Prayer: Cardinal John Henry Newman (February 21, 1801 – August 11, 1890); Verse & Voice 10-22-21, Sojourners, https://sojo.net

Tuesday,
October 26, 2021

Photo: Calumet’s Boathouse along the Ossipee Lake waterfront; October 23, 2021 by JHS.
Almighty God,
we pray for people and communities
impacted by recent snowstorms,
flash flooding, hail, landslides,
and severe weather,
and for those working to recover
from natural disasters.
We pray that all will find comfort,
strength and hope
in God’s loving presence
and in the response and support
of caring neighbors,
faith communities,
disaster response volunteers,
and the global community
of siblings in Christ.
Amen.

Prayer: Adapted from ELCA Prayer Ventures for October 2021.

Monday,
October 25, 2021

Photo: Moon over Door #4 at Johnson Hall/Lakeside Dining Hall, July 21, 2021; Photo courtesy of Mindy Olson, Calumet summer nurse.
Lord Jesus, be our guest,
our morning joy, our evening rest.
And with our daily bread, and part,
bring peace and joy to every heart.
Amen.

Prayer: Traditional American Grace, from “Saying Grace: Blessings for the Family Table” edited by Sarah McElwain © 2003 Chronicle Books, LLC., p. 24.

Sunday,
October 24, 2021

Photo: Canopy of golden autumn leaves over the fallen leaf covered road leading into the Campground with a glimpse of the tennis court across the road! October 23, 2021 by JHS.
A blessing for this week…

God to enfold you.
Christ to uphold you.
Spirit to keep you
in heaven’s sight;
So may God grace you,
heal and embrace you,
lead you through darkness
into the light.
Amen.

For more worship tools for today please go to our worship blog at https://www.calumet.org/about/sundaymoments

Blessing: John L. Bell, © 1995 WGRG, Iona Community, GIA Publications, Inc. One License A-700246.

Saturday,
October 23, 2021

Photo: View of autumn foliage across Ossipee Lake from Calumet’s waterfront, October 15, 2021 by JHS.
Today is a gift from God,
and I open it
with prayer and gratitude,
asking that I might use it wisely,
asking that there might be
time and opportunity to serve
by sharing what I’ve been given.

And with this open gift given away,
the Holy Spirit gives joy and purpose
and peace.

Amen.

Thought: “Morning Prayer” by Roberta Porter, Alive Now July/August 2011 issue, p. 8.

Friday,
October 22, 2021

Photo: Patch of red maple leaves along Ossipee Lake Road near the Family Camping volleyball net; October 18, 2021 by JHS.
Heart of my own heart,
be my sight,
be my song,
be my light.

Soften my heart
that it would break for your world,
lead my hands and feet to do work
that is poured out
for the sake of your children.

Make me brave,
make me hope,
make me trust,
make me love.

In Jesus’ sweet, sweet name, amen.

Prayer: Adapted from an essay entitled “This is How We’ll Make It” by Rev. Mihee Kim-Kort, from the book “A Rhythm of Prayer: A Collection of Meditations for Renewal” edited by Sarah Bessey, © 2021 Convergent Books, p. 38. Rev Mihee Kim-Kort is a Presbyterian minister, speaker, writer and ‘slinger’ of hopeful stores about faith and church.

Thursday,
October 21, 2021

Photo: Autumn colored trees and pines standing tall near South Senior End, Tent 4 (formerly BSE, BT4), October 16, 2021 by JHS.
O loving Christ,
who died upon the tree,
each day and each night
I remember your love.
In my lying down
and in my rising up in life and death,
you are my health and peace.
Each day and each night
I remember your forgiveness
bestowed on me
so gently and generously.
Each day and each night
may I be filled with your love.
Amen.

Prayer: Adapted from a Thursday Morning Prayer, Celtic Prayers from IONA, © 1997 by Dr. J. Philip Newell, Paulist Press, p. 49.

Wednesday,
October 20, 2021

Photo: Picnic tables beside Johnson Hall/Lakeside Dining Hall in front of Calumet’s waterfront on Ossipee Lake. October 16, 2021 by JHS.
Almighty God, you sent your Son Jesus Christ to reconcile the world to yourself. We praise and bless you for those whom you send to witness in word and deed among the nations.

Today we pray for the safe return of the kidnapped missionaries, workers and their families serving in Haiti. Grant them courage and hope. We pray for the civil authorities working on a rescue plan. Grant them courage and wisdom. And we continue to pray for the people of Haiti; through your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Prayer: Opening from a prayer for Global Mission, Evangelical Lutheran Worship, p. 75.

Tuesday,
October 19, 2021

Photo: Morning glimpse of the overflow campsites and Site 50 taken from Site 49 where the fallen orange and golden leaves are covering the ground; October 18, 2021 by JHS.
O God, great Creator,
your creation is beyond our seeing,
outside our knowing.
Our earth is small,
and your universe is immense.
Open our minds today
to imagine your vastness.
Open our hearts to one another,
and guide us toward your truths;
through Jesus Christ,
our Savior and Lord.
Amen.

Prayer: Adapted from “Hymns to the Creator” by Gail Ramshaw, from the “Sing the Faith” series, © 2003 Augsburg Fortress, p.32.

Monday,
October 18, 2021

Photo: Autumn view of Calumet’s Health Center in the summer months and Retreat Lodge in the fall, winter, and spring. October 12, 2021 by JHS.
Today we pray and give thanks for those whose vocations honor St. Luke, the physician: medical personnel, caregivers, clinical support staff, and all who work in healthcare.

Almighty God, you inspired your servant Luke to reveal in his gospel the love and healing power of your Son. Give your church the same love and power to heal, and to proclaim your salvation among the nations to the glory of your name, through Jesus Christ, your Son, our healer, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

October 18 is the commemoration of Luke, an evangelist and physician. Identified as the author of both Luke and Acts, Luke was careful to place the events of Jesus' life in their social and religious contexts. His gospel gives us some of the most beloved parables, as well as the songs of Zechariah, Mary, the angels, and Simeon.

Prayers: ELCA Worship Blog intercession for October 17, 2021 and proper for Luke, the Evangelist, Evangelical Lutheran Worship, page 58. (Augsburg Fortress Liturgies Annual License number: SAS006505)

Sunday,
October 17, 2021

Photo: “Down Beside the Moonlit Waters” along Ossipee Lake, October 11, 2021; photo courtesy of Amanda Talbot Steyer.
“O Lord, my God,
when I in awesome wonder
consider all the worlds
thy hands have made,
I see the stars,
I hear the rolling thunder,
thy power throughout
the universe displayed. “
~ Carl Boberg, "How Great Thou Art"

As we stand in and among creation,
bestow us with the weight
of what it means to care
for what you have intricately
and lovingly designed.
Amen.

For more worship tools including today’s appointed prayer of the day, Psalm 91:9-16 and prayers of intercession, please go to our worship blog at https://www.calumet.org/about/sundaymoments

Prayer: Verse & Voice, Sojourners daily email, October 1, 2021; https://sojo.net
Hymn text: How Great Thou Art, v. 1, Carl G. Boberg, translated by Stuart K. Hine © 1953 S.K. Hine, assigned to Manna Music, Inc.

Saturday,
October 16, 2021

Photo: “A Morning Cuppa on the Lakeshore”, Staff House, September 11, 2021, photo courtesy of Martha E. Tangney.
Bless this cup,
smooth and warm,
held in cold hands.
In cold hands.

Bless this drink,
dark and strong,
sipped slowly in the quiet.
In the quiet.

Bless the beans
and those who picked them.
All who washed and roasted.
Washed and roasted.

Bless the workers
and their families.
Their children and their homes.
And their homes.

Bless this day
and all who wake.
Give them comfort, strength and plenty.
Strength and plenty.

Bless this coffee,
warm and sweet.
Nourishing, comforting taste of love.
Taste of love.

Amen.

Prayer: “A Blessing of the Coffee” written by Beth A. Richardson, Alive Now Sept/Oct 2013 issue, p. 20.

Friday,
October 15, 2021

Photo: Morning sunrise and peacefulness surrounding Ossipee Lake, October 12, 2021; photo courtesy of Amanda Talbot Steyer.
Let nothing disturb you,
let nothing frighten you,
all things are passing away.
God never changes;
Patience obtains all things.
Whoever has God lacks nothing;
God alone suffices.
~St. Teresa of Avila, teacher and renewer of the church, 1515-1582

God of all peoples,
we give thanks for women today
and throughout church history
who have served as reformers and leaders,
helping ground our church,
institutions and ministries
in the good news of Jesus Christ
and the work God calls us to do
in the world.
Amen.

Prayer: Adapted from ELCA Prayer Ventures, October 2021;

October 15 is the Commemoration of Teresa of Avila.

Thursday,
October 14, 2021

Photo: Autumn view of the Outdoor Chapel, October 2021 by Grace Korman, Calumet staff.
Almighty God, your Son Jesus Christ was lifted high upon the cross so that he might draw the whole world to himself. To those who look upon the cross, grant your wisdom, healing, and eternal life, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Prayer: Proper for Holy Cross Day, Evangelical Lutheran Worship, p. 57.

Wednesday,
October 13, 2021

Photo: Autumn colored maple leaves from campground sites #49/#50 framing a view of the soccer field across the road, October 12, 2021, 2:15pm by JHS.
Creator God,
help us live the stroke of your brush
in your living colors...
Sing the notes of your music
in your joy and harmony...
Dance in step with your tune
with arms lifted in praise...
Live according to the story you write
being patient with revision…
And play life like a musical instrument
according to your rhythm and pattern-
to be a creative expression
of who you are.
Amen.

Prayer: Adapted from a prayer by Connie L. Peters, ALIVE NOW July/August 2014 Issue, p. 17.

Tuesday,
October 12, 2021

Photo: Autumn view of afternoon shadows on the red Wild Barn in Family Camp, October 11, 2021 by JHS.
O God, change my heart.
Transform the attitudes
from which my actions grow
that I may honor you and others
in my daily interactions.
Amen.

Prayer: “Change My Heart” prayer by Mary Lou Redding from Alive Now July /August 2014 Issue, p. 15.

Monday,
October 11, 2021

Photo: Autumn view of Ossipee Lake and the beginning of colorful foliage across the lake on a cloudy Saturday afternoon, October 9, 2021 by JHS.
Creator,
we give you thanks
for all that you are
and all that you bring to us
within your creation.
In Jesus, you placed the Gospel
in the Center of the Sacred Circle
through which all creation is related.
You show us the way to live
a generous and compassionate life.
Give us your strength
to live together
with respect and commitment
as we grow in your spirit,
for you are God, now and forever.
Amen.

Prayer: Opening prayer from a “Liturgy for Celebrating Indigenous Peoples Day” prepared by the Church of the Apostles, a mission of the Northwest Washington Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church and the Episcopal Diocese of Olympia.

There are an estimated 370 million indigenous peoples living around the world. We ask God to stretch our awareness and empathy and move us to join the work to protect and promote the rights, culture and land of indigenous people – children of God, siblings in Christ. (adapted from ELCA Prayer Ventures)

Sunday,
October 10, 2021

Photo: Trees along Calumet’s Ossipee Lake waterfront on Friday afternoon at 2:22pm on a beautiful autumn day by JHS.
Oh, Great Spirit,
You are our Shepherd Chief,
in the most high place
whose home is everywhere,
even beyond the stars and moon.
Whatever You want done
let it be done everywhere.
Give us Your gift of bread day by day.
Forgive our wrongs
as we forgive those who wrong us.
Take us away from wrong doings.
Free us from all evil,
for everything belongs to You.
Let Your power and glory shine forever.
Amen.

Prayer: The Lord’s Prayer, written by Hattie Corbett Enos-Nez Perce Elder, for the Indigenous People’s Celebration: A Liturgy to Honor Indigenous People, ELCA Worship Resources.

For more worship and devotional resources for today, please go to our Sunday Moments worship blog at https://www.calumet.org/about/sundaymoments

Friday,
October 8, 2021

Photo: Late afternoon sunlight on the Conference Center driveway, October 1, 2021; Photo courtesy of Todd Scanlon, Calumet’s maintenance director.
Thy word is a lamp unto my feet;
And a light unto my path.
Thy word is a lamp unto my feet;
And a light unto my path.

When I feel afraid,
think I've lost my way
still you're there right beside me.
And nothing will I fear,
as long as you are near.
Please be near me to the end.

I will not forget
your love for me and yet,
My heart forever is wandering.
Jesus be my guide,
and hold me to your side.
And I will love you to the end.
Amen.

Prayer: 🎶 “Thy Word” by Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith © 1984 Meadowgreen Music, CCLI No. 383771

Thursday,
October 7, 2021

Photo: Colorful fall produce on picnic table in front of the Conference Center, October 5, 2021 by JHS.
In honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month celebrated from September 15-October 15, receive this blessing as you begin your day…

El Señor te bendiga y te guarde.
El Señor haga resplandecer su rostro
sobre ti y tenga de ti misericordia.
El Señor vuelva hacia ti su rostro
y ☩ te conceda su paz.
Amén.

The Lord bless you and keep you.
The Lord’s face shine on you
with grace and mercy.
The Lord look upon you with favor
and ☩ give you peace.
Amen.

Blessing: Numbers 6:24-26, Spanish translation from sundaysandseasons.com

Wednesday,
October 6, 2021

Photo: Tall maple tree against a crisp blue autumn sky with a carpet of orange/red fallen leaves on the ground near Staff Lounge. October 5, 2021 by JHS.
Abba, Father,
the trees are ablaze with your glory.
The seasons change,
but you never do.
You are always beautiful,
in the green and freshness of spring
as in the golds and reds
and chills of autumn.

Let my life reflect your beauty,
season after season,
as the calendar of my life
turns and turns and turns.
The trees are letting go
of this year's foliage.
Help me let go
of both blessings and burdens,
and surrender them both
to your loving care.
Fallen leaves pattern the ground
with variety.
So design my own fallings and failings
into whatever design
will please you most.
In Jesus' name, I pray,
Amen.

Prayer: Adapted from “An Autumn Prayer” by Bob Hostetler Posted in Power of Prayer https://www.guideposts.org/.../4-simple-prayers-for-fall

Tuesday,
October 5, 2021

Photo: Migrating geese stopping at Calumet’s soccer field, September 28, 2021 by JHS.
We lift up in prayer the wildlife and coastlands affected by the oil spill off the coast of California.
Lord, in your mercy…Hear our prayer.

We bless you,
God of Seed and Harvest
and we bless each other
that the beauty of this world
and the love that created it
might be expressed though our lives
and be a blessing to others
now and always.
Amen.

Prayer: Author unknown, https://www.xavier.edu/.../prayer-index/autumn-prayers

Monday,
October 4, 2021

Photo: Peaceful skies over Ossipee Lake, September 18, 2021, during School of Lay Ministry Weekend at Calumet; photo courtesy of SLM student Marie Sturdevant.
Lord,
make us instruments of your peace.
Where there is hatred,
let us sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is discord, union;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy.

Grant that we may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving
that we receive;
it is in pardoning
that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying
that we are born to eternal life.
Amen.

Prayer: attributed to St. Francis of Assisi, renewer of the church, who died in 1226; Born into the family of a wealthy merchant, Francis gave up his inheritance to serve poor people. He formed the Order of Friars Minor (called Franciscans), who took on poverty and the task of preaching "using words if necessary." Francis had a spirit of gratitude for all of God's creation. October 4 is the commemoration day for St. Francis. (Sundays & Seasons)

Sunday,
October 3, 2021

Photo: Fall view of Calumet’s Outdoor Chapel, September 2021 by JHS.
All creatures of our God and King,
lift up your voice with us and sing:
Alleluia! Alleluia!
O burning sun with golden beam
and silver moon with softer gleam:
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia,
alleluia, alleluia!

O rushing wind and breezes soft,
O clouds that ride the winds aloft:
Alleluia! Alleluia!
O rising morn, in praise rejoice,
O lights of evening find a voice.
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia,
alleluia, alleluia!

Let all things their Creator bless
and worship God in humbleness.
Alleluia! Alleluia!
Oh, praise the Father,
praise the Son,
and praise the Spirit,
Three in One:
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia,
alleluia, alleluia!

For more worship texts and music for the month of October, today’s appointed Psalm, a prayer attributed to St. Francis and prayers of intercession, please go to our worship blog at https://www.calumet.org/about/sundaymoments

Prayer: Francis of Assisi, 1182-1226; adapted by JHS from a translation by William Draper from Lutheran Book of Worship #527.

Saturday,
October 2, 2021

Photo: “Calumet Chipmunk” photographed by Calumet Fall Flavors Lutherhostel guest, Dave Legg, September 29. 2021.
Blessed are you, Lord our God,
King of the universe,
who has withheld nothing
from your world,
and has created therein
beautiful creatures and godly trees
for the enjoyment of humankind.
Amen.

Prayer: Adapted from a Traditional Hebrew prayer from “Blessing the Animals: Prayers and Ceremonies to Celebrate God’s Creatures, Wild and Tame © 2006 By Lynn L. Caruso, page 161.

Friday,
October 1, 2021

Photo: Bright red autumn maple leaves atop the moss-covered tree stump in the staff lounge parking lot, September 2021 by JHS.
Autumn God,
the planet turns
and the earth signals a change.
Open me to transitions
I need to face in my own life.
Be with me in the letting go,
the saying goodbye to habits,
relationships, and plans
that stand in the way of growing.
Deepen my trust that as I let go,
like the falling leaves,
I will always fall into your embrace.
Amen.

Prayer: “October Prayer” from “Openings: A Daybook of Saints, Sages, Psalms and Prayer Practices” © 2014 Larry J. Peacock, p. 287.

Thursday,
September 30, 2021

Photo: Archway of golden fall leaves looking across Ossipee Lake Road to the Archery Range from the beginning of the path connecting the campground to the Conference Center. Photo taken September 29, 2021 at 9:15am during a photography walk during the Fall Flavors Lutherhostel by JHS.
Come, Lord God, among us.
Give light to our minds,
which hunger for truth.
Give peace to our hearts,
which hunger for rest.
Give strength to our spirits,
which hunger for help.
Renew your work of grace
within us today,
so that we may go today,
strong in your strength
to be your people to do your will.
Through our Lord, Jesus Christ.
Amen.

Prayer: Invocations and Benedictions for the Revised Common Lectionary by John M. Drescher © 1998, p. 90-91.

Wednesday,
September 29, 2021

Photo: Calumet’s waterfront with boats ready to be stored in Luther Hall soon. September 28, 2021 by JHS.
Merciful God, we pray for the well-being of health care workers who continue to labor long and hard in responding to the pandemic, preventing the spread of COVID and its variants, and equitably treating the ill and infected. Amen.

Prayer: Adapted from ELCA Prayer Ventures for September 25, 2021.

Tuesday,
September 28, 2021

Photo: Sites 49 & 50 in the Family Campground, September 25, 2021, on an unexpected beautiful day; by JHS.
When morning gilds the skies,
my heart awakening cries:
may Jesus Christ be praised!
When evening shadows fall,
this rings my curfew call:
may Jesus Christ be praised!

Let all of humankind
in this their concord find:
may Jesus Christ be praised!
Let all of earth around
ring joyous with the sound:
may Jesus Christ be praised!

Sing, sun and stars of space,
sing, all who see his face,
sing, “Jesus Christ be praised!”
God’s whole creation o’er,
today and evermore
shall Jesus Christ be praised!
Amen.

Prayer: ELW #853, German hymn, 19th century, translated by Robert Bridges.

Monday,
September 27, 2021

Photo: Late afternoon view of East Junior End cabins on an unexpected (not raining) beautiful fall weekend day at Calumet. September 25, 2021 at 5:07pm by JHS.
Go in peace this week
to serve the Lord.
Remember the healing love
that has taken place in your life.
Be open to all the wonders
and opportunities
that God puts before you.
Go in peace.
Amen.

Blessing/Dismissal: https://www.ministrymatters.com/.../worship-connection...

Sunday,
September 26, 2021

Photo: Immanuel Lutheran Church, Holden, MA on a weekend retreat outside at Calumet’s waterfront; September 25, 2021; photo courtesy of John Junkins.
How good and pleasant it is when God's people live together in unity! (Psalm 133:1)

Gracious God,
you have poured into our hearts
the precious oil of your Spirit.
Make of us one heart and one will,
that as members of the body of Christ,
we may be united in the bonds of love;
through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.
Amen.

Prayer: ELW Psalm Prayer #133 from sundaysandseasons.com.© 2021 Augsburg Fortress, Augsburg Liturgies License SAS006505

Saturday,
September 25, 2021

Photo: Tree standing tall by the steps to the beach in front of Johnson Hall (Lakeside Dining Hall) as the sun is setting and the rain has stopped over and around Ossipee Lake; additional light from exterior lights from Johnson Hall porch; September 24, 2021 at 7:04pm by JHS.
Their delight is in the law of the LORD, and they meditate on God’s teaching day and night. They are like trees planted by streams of water, bearing fruit in due season, with leaves that do not wither… (Psalm 1: 2-3a)

Eternal God,
in your loving wisdom
you set us beside the fountain of life,
like a tree planted by running streams.
Fill us with delight in your teaching,
that we may bear fruit
in every season of life;
through Jesus Christ,
our Savior and Lord.
Amen.

Prayer: ELW Psalm Prayer #1 from sundaysandseasons.com © 2021 Augsburg Fortress, Augsburg Liturgies License SAS006505

Friday,
September 24, 2021

Photo: Afternoon view of Calumet’s Waterfront near Luther Hall, September 18, 2021, by JHS.
Loving God,
we pray that our lives
will manifest the wisdom of God,
wisdom that “is first pure,
then peaceable, gentle,
willing to yield,
full of mercy and good fruits,
without a trace of partiality
or hypocrisy.”
Amen.

Prayer: Adapted from ELCA Prayer Ventures for September 23, 2021. Prayer based on James 3:17.

Thursday,
September 23, 2021

Photo: Late afternoon view of the Family Camping Beach with the clouds reflecting in the stream, September 18, 2021 by JHS.
Compassionate God,
may our actions toward one another
be a reflection of your handiwork.
Let there be mercy and love
in all we do.
Amen.

Prayer: Verse & Voice 09.22.21, Sojourners daily email.

Wednesday,
September 22, 2021

Photo: Changing leaves towering over the new bath house addition for Staff Lounge, (This view is taken from the path to the archery range.); September 18, 2021 by JHS.
O God of Creation,
you have blessed us
with the changing of the seasons.
As we welcome the autumn months,
may the earlier setting of the sun
remind us to take time to rest.

May the brilliant colors of the leaves
remind us of the wonder
of your creation.

May the steam of our breath
in the cool air remind us
that it is you who give us the breath of life.

May the harvest from the fields
remind us of the abundance
we have been given
and bounty we are to share with others.

May the dying of summer's spirit
remind us of your great promise
that death is temporary and life is eternal.

We praise you for your goodness
forever and ever.
Amen.

Prayer: “Autumn Months”, author unknown, https://www.xavier.edu/.../prayer-index/autumn-prayers

Tuesday,
September 21, 2021

Photo: Noontime sun and shadows surrounding the Health Center/Retreat Lodge on a beautiful autumn-like September day. September 18, 2021 by JHS.
Gracious God,
give us the courage,
the patience,
the serenity,
the self-honesty,
and the gentleness of spirit
that are needed in a world
filled with turmoil and terror.
Amen.

Prayer: Jack Knox, Sojourners Verse and Voice 09.09.21 daily email.

Monday,
September 20, 2021

Photo: View of sunset skies over Ossipee Lake from Johnson Hall porch during School of Lay Ministry Weekend, 7pm, September 18, 2021 by JHS.
As you begin your week,
may God’s love sustain you,
and may you love those
who surround you.
May God’s Spirit empower you,
and may you empower
all those you meet.
May God’s joy fill your hearts,
and may this joy overflow
to the ends of the earth
for God’s glory, now and forever.
Amen.

Blessing: Adapted from The Worship Sourcebook, 2nd Ed., © 2013 Faith Alive Christian Resources, p.370.

Sunday,
September 19, 2021

Photo: Morning light shining in the Outdoor Chapel, September 18, 2021 by JHS.
People who walk
in darkness have sought a light
in the heart of the darkest night.
Just when we thought
all would be lost,
we were drawn to the light of God.

Dawn is in sight!
Gone is the night,
drawn to the light
and the morning.
Glorious and bright,
oh, what a sight
to be drawn to the light of God.

For today’s appointed prayer of the day, Psalm 54, prayers of intercession and other worship tools for this season, please go to our worship blog at https://www.calumet.org/about/sundaymoments

Hymn text: ELW #593 © 1990 by John C. Ylvisaker, 1937-2017, One License #700246.

Saturday,
September 18, 2021

Photo: Late afternoon shadows on the Conference Center Dining Room, Alice’s flowers and picnic table for outside dining, September 2021; photo by JHS.
You are great, O God, and greatly to be praised. You have made us for yourself, and our hearts are restless until they rest in you. Grant that we may believe in you, call upon you, know you, and serve you, through your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

Prayer: Evangelical Lutheran Worship, p. 41.

Friday,
September 17, 2021

Photo: Sunset from Jackman Ridge, August 2, 2021; photo courtesy of Mindy Olson.
All living creatures are sparks from the radiation of God’s brilliance, emerging from God like the rays of the sun. ~.Hildegard of Bingen

Every creature is a glittering, glistening mirror of Divinity. ~.Hildegard of Bingen

Let us pray,
O Holy Spirit,
root of life, creator,
cleanser of all things:
anoint our wounds and awaken us.
Amen.

Prayer: Adapted from ELW #399 “O Holy Spirit, Root of Life” by Jean Janzen and based on Hildegard of Bingen works.

Today is the commemoration of Hildegard, Abbess of Bingen, 1098 - 1179.

A mystic who was widely influential within the church, Hildegard advised and reproved kings and popes, wrote poems and hymns, and produced treatises in medicine, theology, and natural history. She was also a musician and artist. (Sundays and Seasons)

Thursday,
September 16, 2021

Photo:“The Morning Awakens” ~ Ossipee Lake, Labor Day, September 6, 2021; photo courtesy of Ray Purtell.
As the day’s light
breaks the darkness of the night,
as the first movements of the morning
pierce the night’s stillness,
so a new waking to life
dawns within me,
so a fresh beginning opens.
In the early light of this day,
in the first actions of the morning,
let me be awake to life.
In my soul and in my seeing
let me be alive
to the gift of this new day,
let me fully alive.
Amen.

Prayer: “Sounds of the Eternal: A Celtic Psalter, Morning and Night Prayer” by J. Philip Newell © 2002 William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., p. 26.

Wednesday,
September 15, 2021

Photo: Afternoon view of Luther Hall, September 11, 2021 by JHS.
Keeping in prayer the people along the Gulf Coast, still facing severe weather and recovery, the people in the south and east cleaning up from flooding and tornados, the western states still battling wildfires, and all people dealing with natural disasters…

Holy One, you are our comfort and strength in times of sudden disaster, crisis, or chaos. Surround us now with your grace and peace through storm or earthquake, fire or flood.

By your Spirit, lift up those who have fallen, sustain those who work to rescue or rebuild, and fill us with the hope of your new creation; through you, our rock and redeemer. Amen.

Prayer: Author Unknown, https://www.xavier.edu/.../in-times-of-natural-disaster

Tuesday,
September 14, 2021

Photo: Fall flowers blooming in front of “The Cottage” with a bonus afternoon view of Johnson Hall and Ossipee Lake! September 11, 2021 by JHS.
Dear God,
help us to learn from the flowers:
earthbound in their rooting,
patient in their growing,
glorious in their blooming,
humble in their fading,
blessed in their fruiting.
Amen.

Prayer: Adapted from “The Lion Book of Best-Loved Prayers” written and compiled by Mary Joslin ©2006 Lion Hudson, p. 15.

Monday,
September 13, 2021

Photo: Sunset view from Jackman Ridge, September 11, 2021; photo courtesy of Martha Tangney, Emanuel Lutheran Church, Fitchburg, MA.
The love of God,
the faithful creator,
the peace of Christ,
the wounded healer,
the joy of the challenging Spirit,
the hope of the Three in One…
surround and encourage you
today, tonight, and forever.

Blessing: Reprinted with permission from “The Worship Sourcebook, Second Edition” © 2013, Faith Alive Resources, p. 369.

Sunday,
September 12, 2021

Photo: Afternoon view of the new bridge built last spring between North Senior End (formally Girls Senior End) to the Outdoor Chapel and the Staff Lounge Parking Lot; September 11, 2021 by JHS.
At the dawn of a new day, you are with us, O God, filling us with hope, giving us a clear vision of the way to be taken.

In the heat of the day, you are with us, O God, strengthening us in the struggle and encouraging us when the way ahead is rough and testing.

In the cool of the evening, you are with us, O God, calling us to thanksgiving, enabling us to reflect on our experiences along the way.

You are with us, O God, calling us to follow Jesus, who is the way, the truth, and the life. Amen.

For today’s prayer of the day, intercessions and Psalm 116:1-9, please go to our worship blog at https://www.calumet.org/about/sundaymoments Prayer: Opening Prayer from Prayers to Share, Year B, © 2002 by David Sparks , Wood Lake Books, Inc. p. 143.

Saturday,
September 11, 2021

Photo: Calumet’s Outdoor Chapel, August 31, 2021 by JHS.
Gracious God, we remember. We remember the attacks on our country 20 years ago on 9/11. We remember each of the lives lost.

We remember flights 11, 175, 75 and 93. We remember the World Trade Center in New York City, The Pentagon in Washington, DC, the field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. We remember the clouds of destruction, the shouts of fear on the streets and the heroism of emergency personnel.

We remember the loss of life, the uncertainty and fear of those days, even if we were not yet born when they happened. Teach us to remember our history. Teach us to honor those who lost their lives. Teach us not to forget.

Most of all, Gracious God, teach us to trust in you, especially when the world is turned upside down and we don’t know which direction to go. Show us one another. Teach us our shared humanity. Teach us your peace. Amen.

Prayer: Pastor Geoff Sinibaldo, chaplain and firefighter at Old Saybrook Fire Department, Old Saybrook, Ct and Calumet friend, chaplain & guest.

Friday,
September 10, 2021

Photo: Rocks and lifejackets near the Calumet Boat House under possible stormy skies, Sunday afternoon, September 5, 2021 by JHS.
I will call upon the Lord,
who is worthy to be praised.
So shall I be saved from my enemies.

The Lord liveth
and blessed be the Rock;
And may the God of our salvation
be exalted.
The Lord liveth
and blessed be the Rock;
And may the God of our salvation
be exalted.
Amen.

Prayer/Song: Psalm 18:2 and 2 Samuel 22:47; Michael O’Shields © 1981 GIA Publications, One License 700246.

Thursday,
September 9, 2021

Photo: Morning view of Ossipee Lake and Calumet’s waterfront during 60’s & 70’s Alumni Weekend/Labor Day Weekend, September 2021; photo courtesy of Ray Purtell.
New every morning is your love, great God of light, and all day long you are working for good in the world. Stir up in us the desire to serve you, to live peacefully with our neighbors, and to devote each day to your Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Prayer: from Midday Prayer, “Glory to God” hymnal © 2013 Westminster John Knox Press, p. 27.

Wednesday,
September 8, 2021

Photo: A view of the new Conference Center porch from Founders' Way, the pathway between the Village Cabins and the Conference Center; September 4, 2021 by JHS.
Lord Jesus, we are your pilgrim people and you are our shepherd. Walk with us along life’s journey and help us to know your presence. When we are in trouble, give us peace, give us solace, and give us the gift of faithfulness. We pray in your holy name. Amen.

Prayer: “Spirituals” by Mark Bozzuti-Jones from the “Sing Your Faith” series © 2002 Augsburg Fortress, p. 40.

Tuesday,
September 7, 2021

Photo: Outdoor Chapel cross and beautiful flower arrangement at yesterday's memorial service for Karen Kent Hopkins, September 6, 2021 by JHS.
What wondrous love is this, O my soul, O my soul! What wondrous love is this, O my soul! What wondrous love is this that caused the Lord of bliss to bear the heavy cross for my soul, for my soul, to bear the heavy cross for my soul!

To God and to the Lamb I will sing, I will sing; to God and to the Lamb I will sing; to God and to the Lamb, who is the great I AM, while millions join the theme, I will sing, I will sing, while millions join the theme, I will sing.

And when from death I'm free, I'll sing on, I'll sing on; and when from death I'm free, I'll sing on; and when from death I'm free, I'll sing God's love for me, and through eternity I'll sing on, I'll sing on; and through eternity I'll sing on! Amen.

Prayer: “What Wondrous Love is This”; North American folk hymn, 19th cent., alt.; Southern Harmony.

Monday,
September 6, 2021

Photo: “Wild” Barn in the Family Campground, August 31, 2021 by JHS.
Almighty God, your Son Jesus Christ dignified our labor by sharing our toil. Guide us with your justice in the workplace, so that we may never value things above people, or surrender honor to love of gain or lust for power. Prosper all efforts to put an end to work that brings no joy, and teach us how to govern the ways of business to the harm of none and for the sake of the common good; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

God of justice, we remember before you those who suffer want and anxiety from lack of work. Guide the people of this land so to use our wealth and resources that all people may find suitable and fulfilling employment and receive just payment for their labor; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Prayers: Evangelical Lutheran Worship ©2006 Augsburg Fortress, p. 78 & 79.

Sunday,
September 5, 2021

Photo: Late summer flowers near the fruit trees in Alice’s garden behind the Conference Center, September 4, 2021 by JHS.
Even though you forget God, God does not forget you. Even when you lose sight of God, God sees you. Even when you are tempted to despair, God will lift you up and restore you to perfect peace.

May God,
who created us out of love
and sustains us in love,
guide us in the love of Christ,
this day and always.
Amen.

For more prayers and reflection time with Psalm 146, please go to our worship blog at https://www.calumet.org/about/sundaymoments

Words of Assurance and Benediction: The Abingdon Women’s Preaching Annual © 2000 by Abingdon Press, p. 129.

Saturday,
September 4, 2021

Photo: View of pink and blue sunset skies over Ossipee Lake through the tall pines in front of Johnson Hall during 60’s & 70’s Reunion, Friday evening, September 3, 2021 by JHS.
God, who stretched the spangled heavens infinite in time and place, flung the suns in burning radiance through the silent fields of space: we, your children in your likeness, share inventive powers with you; great Creator, still creating, shows us what we yet may do.

As each far horizon beckons, may it challenge us anew: Children of creative purpose, serving others, honoring you. May our dreams prove rich with promise; each endeavor well begun; great Creator, give us guidance till our goals and yours are one. Amen.

Prayer: ELW #771, “God, Who Stretched the Spangled Heavens” verses 1 & 3 by Catherine Cameron © 1967, Hope Publishing Co., CCLI #383771.

Friday,
September 3, 2021

Photo: Interesting evening clouds over the Conference Center, August 31, 2021; photo courtesy of Adrien Groleau.
Gracious God, we lift our prayers for those overwhelmed by tornadoes and floods from Maryland to Connecticut. We also pray for those experiencing desperation and exhaustion in Louisiana and Mississippi. We pray for all who are waiting for water, food, power, gas and shelter and we pray for all who are grieving for lost family members.

Almighty God, give us faith to live this day not knowing where it will lead, but with the assurance that your love and guidance are with us always. Amen.

Prayer: Concluding collect from The New Century Hymnal © 1995 The Pilgrim Press, p. 57.

Thursday,
September 2, 2021

Photo: Boat House along Calumet’s waterfront, August 31, 2021 by JHS.
Loving God, in the communion of Christ, we are joined with the trials and sufferings of all. Be with those in the south who are recovering from Hurricane Ida. Be with those in the northeast enduring historic flooding right now. Be with those in the west still fighting wildfires. Help loved ones find one another in the chaos. Provide assistance to those who need help. Ease the fears of all and make your presence known in the stillness of your peace; through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

Prayer: Adapted from Evangelical Lutheran Worship: Occasional Services for the Assembly, page 394.

Wednesday,
September 1, 2021

Photo: Calumet summer campers during July 2021; photo courtesy of resident camp summer photographer, Amy O’Riley
God, you were present at the beginning. Be with us as we start a new school year. Comfort us when we are unsure of our new surroundings. Strengthen us when we stumble, and help us to remember that your light shines in all places. All this we ask through you, our Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer. Amen.

Prayer: Episcopal Diocese of Maine Facebook page, August 30, 2021.

Tuesday,
August 31, 2021

Photo: Late afternoon sun on Paul Lindahl Way, the driveway in front of the Conference Center; note the Cross Window in the dining room to the left; August 30, 2021 by JHS.
We pray for those in the paths of wildfires in northern California, those recovering from Hurricane Ida, those who have left Afghanistan and all others in need of care today.

May those without shelter
be under your guarding this day,
O Christ.
May the wandering
find places of welcome.
May your cross this day
be shielding them.
Amen.

Prayer: Adapted from “Celtic Prayers from IONA” © 1997 by Dr. J. Philip Newell, Paulist Press, p. 75.

Monday,
August 30, 2021

Photo: Walking through Calumet’s Family Campground, August 2021; photo courtesy of Laura Cichon Almeida.
In Christ Jesus we meet the God who knows our weakness and bears the wounds of the world. Therefore, let us be bold as we pray, trusting that God draws near to those in any kind of need.

…Silent prayers…

God of all compassion, gather our prayers in your mercy and grant to us what you know we need, that we may walk in the life and peace of your Spirit, through Jesus Christ, our hope and salvation. Amen.

Prayer: Service of Word and Prayer from All Creation Sings © 2020 Augsburg Fortress, p. 44; Augsburg Liturgies Annual License SAS006505

Sunday,
August 29, 2021

Photo: Strong tall pines by Johnson Dining Hall, August 27, 2021 by JHS.
O God, who in Jesus stills the storm and soothes the troubled heart, bring hope and courage to all who are affected by Hurricane Ida as they wait in uncertainty. Bring assurance that you will be with them in whatever lies ahead. Give them courage to endure all that they now face, for you are their refuge and strength.

You are God, and we all need you. We pray in the name of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

For more prayers, scripture, worship music and a thought for the day, please go to our worship blog at https://www.calumet.org/about/sundaymoments

Prayer: Adapted from Evangelical Lutheran Worship: Pastoral Care, p. 174.

Saturday,
August 28, 2021

Photo: Peaceful evening skies at Calumet, August 16, 2021; photo courtesy Bonnie Lee, summer camp nurse coordinator.
Healer of our every ill,
light of each tomorrow,
give us peace beyond our fear,
and hope beyond our sorrow.

You who know our fears and sadness,
grace us with your peace and gladness;
Spirit of all comfort,
fill our hearts.

You who know each thought and feeling,
teach us all your way of healing;
Spirit of compassion,
fill each heart.
Amen.

Prayer: “Healer of Our Every Ill,” refrain, verses 1 & 4, by Marty Haugen, (C) 1987 GIA Publications, Inc., One License #700246. For the background of this hymn please go to https://www.umcdiscipleship.org/.../history-of-hymns...

Friday,
August 27, 2021

Photo: View from Jackman Ridge, June 28, 2021; photo courtesy of Sara J. Anderson.
Gracious and Holy God, our hearts are heavy as we mourn the loss of life in Afghanistan.

We pray for our country’s service members killed and wounded yesterday. We pray for the many Afghan civilians who lost their lives or were injured. We pray for their families and loved ones in mourning. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for your care for all people in Afghanistan and give them courage and strength to face the dangers around them. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Let peace fill our hearts, our world, and our universe. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Into your hands, gracious God, we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in your mercy; through Jesus Christ, our Savior. Amen.

Prayer: Last petition for peace from Evangelical Lutheran Worship, p. 76.

Thursday,
August 26, 2021

Photo: Calumet sailboats on a peaceful, moonlit Ossipee Lake, August 14, 2021; photo courtesy of Mindy Olson.
O God of creation, eternal majesty, you preside over land and sea, sunshine and storm. By your strength…pilot us, by your power…preserve us, by your wisdom…instruct us, and by your hand…protect us; through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

Prayer: Evangelical Lutheran Worship (c) 2006, Augsburg Fortress, p. 40.

Wednesday,
August 25, 2021

Photo: August 2021 view of Ossipee Lake from the Family Camping Beach by JHS.
Calm to the waves.
Calm to the wind.
Jesus whispers,
“Peace, be still.”

Balm to our hearts.
Fears at an end.
In stillness,
hear his voice.

Hymn text: “Calm to the Waves” by Mary Louise Bringle, (c) 2002 GIA Publications, Inc., One License #700246; ELW #794

Tuesday,
August 24, 2021

Photo: Peaceful early morning sunrise on nearby Mount Chocorua, the easternmost peak of the Sandwich Range in the White Mountains, as the “world lights up” on August 13, 2021; photo courtesy of summer camp nurse Mindy Olson.
Holy One, sometimes, life feels chaotic and uncertain. It’s hard to make sense of the things that happen to us. When we don’t know where to find answers, when confusion sets us spinning, nudge us out of our spiral. Turn us back to you. Speak to us again with the words of eternal life. Repeat them gently until we understand. Amen.

Prayer: “The Gospel According to Bread” Prayer of the Day for August 22, 2021 by Barn Geese Worship, licensed under CC BY-NC 4.0; www.barngeeseworship.com

Monday,
August 23, 2021

Luther Hall, August 2021 by JHS.
Today we lift up our prayers for those affected by the floods in Tennessee and the aftermath of Hurricane Fred and Tropical Storm Henri, the people in Afghanistan, and those recovering from COVID-19.

This weekend ELCA Bishop Eaton said, “During this week of devastating news, I encourage you to take a brief pause in silence, that we may be able to hear the voices of those affected by tragedy, listen for God, and respond to suffering in our world.”

Let us pray…
Only you, O God,
and you alone,
the broken heart console.
Only you, O God,
and you alone,
the wounded world make whole.
Amen.

Text: Susan Briehl (c) 2003 GIA Publications, Inc. One License #700246. This prayer may be sung to the refrain of the African-American spiritual, “There is a Balm in Gilead.”

Sunday,
August 22, 2021

Summer view of Calumet’s Outdoor Chapel, August 8, 2021 by JHS.
O God, who in Jesus stills the storm and soothes the troubled heart, bring hope and courage to all who are affected by Hurricane Henri as we wait in uncertainty. Bring assurance that you will be with us in whatever lies ahead. Give us courage to endure all that we now face, for you are our refuge and strength. You are God, and we need you. We pray in the name of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

For more Sunday worship tools, please go to our worship blog, Sunday Moments at https://www.calumet.org/about/sundaymoments

Prayer: adapted from Evangelical Lutheran Worship: Pastoral Care, Augsburg Fortress, p. 174.

Saturday,
August 21, 2021

Family Camping Beach at the beginning of Family Camp Plus Week, August 15, 2021; photo courtesy of Pastor Jeff Stalley, August camp volunteer.
God in heaven, your name is to be honored. May your community of hope be realized on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today the essentials of life. Release us from our wrongdoing as we also release those who wrong us. Do not test us beyond our enduring; save us from all that is evil. For you embrace justice, love and peace, now and to the end of time. Amen.

Prayer: The Lord’s Prayer from the IONA Community; Common Prayer for Children and Families © 2020 by Jenifer Gamber & Timothy J. S. Seamans, Church Publishing, p. 3.

Friday,
August 20, 2021

Beautiful moon shining over Ossipee Lake following Holden Evening Prayer during Family Camp Plus Week, August 18, 2021; Photo courtesy of Eloise McGarry.
Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart; naught be all else to me, save that thou art, thou my best thought by day or by night, waking or sleeping, thy presence my light.

Be thou my wisdom, and thou my true word; I ever with thee and thou with me, Lord; thou my redeemer, my love thou hast won, thou in my dwelling, and I with thee one. Amen.

Prayer: “Be Thou My Vision”, verses 1 & 2, an ancient Irish poem from the 8th century; translated into English prose by Mary E. Byrne in 1905 and then into verse form by Eleanor H. Hull in 1912. “Be Thou My Vision” is an example of a Celtic Lorica, a prayer for physical and spiritual protection. (New Century Hymnal Companion, p. 437.)

Thursday,
August 19, 2021

Peaceful morning view of Ossipee Lake during Family Camp Plus Week, August 18, 2021; Photo courtesy of Ray Purtell.
Almighty God, we lift up the people of Afghanistan to you right now. We pray that you will help them walk through this fearful time. Protect them under your wing. Grant safety and care especially for women and children in this crisis. Give the people of Afghanistan courage to face the perils that surround them and give them a sense of your abiding presence. Amen.

Prayer: Adapted from https://www.crosswalk.com/.../prayers-to-lift-up-for... and Prayers for Civic Life, Government, Nations, ELW, p. 77.

Wednesday,
August 18, 2021

Photo: Sunrise over Ossipee Lake, August 14, 2021; photo courtesy of Becci Barnett, summer RC & FC Staff.
Lord of the Universe,
I lift my voice in prayer
with the chorus of the cosmos,
grateful to be here
witnessing your graceful way
among us.

Your name is sung in praise by light.

May your wisdom flourish here on earth.
Amen.

Prayer: Centering Prayers: A One-Year Daily Companion for Going Deeper into the Love of God © 2013 by Peter Traben Haas, Paraclete Press, p. 111.

Tuesday,
August 17, 2021

Photo: Morning view of a still and quiet Ossipee Lake from “The Wall” while waiting for breakfast during Family Camp Plus Week, August 16, 2021, 7:56am by JHS.
Go into the world
with all humility, gentleness,
and patience,
bearing with one another in love,
in the unity of the Spirit,
in the bond of peace,
and in the name of Jesus,
who is the Bread of Life.
Amen.

Benediction: Based on Ephesians 4; https://www.ministrymatters.com/.../worship-elements...

Monday,
August 16, 2021

Photo: Peace filled sunset over Calumet's Village Cabins, August 12, 2021 by Calumet Alum Jeff Hill.
Gracious God, your word of peace stills the storms that rage in our world. Bring hope to Haiti that knows devastation in the calm after the earthquake. Bring comfort to those who grieve the loss of loved ones and property. Let your love be known through those who work to bring order in the chaos. Help us to shoulder the burden of suffering and make us bearers of the hope that can be found in you; through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

Prayer: ELCA Worship Resources for Earthquakes © Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Permission is granted to reproduce this material for local, non-sale use only.

Sunday,
August 15, 2021

Photo: Summer view of the cross and altar at the Outdoor Chapel, July 2021 by summer staff photographer, Amy O’Riley.
On this day that commemorates the end of World War II, we pray for world peace. Bless the people of Germany and Japan. Defend the children of Afghanistan, Ethiopia, and other places filled with violence. Give to every nation the resolve to be done with the horrors of warfare. Today we especially hold the people of Afghanistan in our prayers; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Lord, listen to your children praying.
Lord, send your Spirit in this place.
Lord, listen to your children praying.
Send us love,
send us power,
send us grace.
Amen.

For Sunday worship materials including the story of the hymn, “I Am the Bread of Life”, please go to our worship blog at https://www.calumet.org/about/sundaymoments

Prayer: Adapted from a prayer petition from ELCA Worship Blog for August 15, 2021;

Song: “Lord, Listen to Your Children Praying” by Ken Medema © 1973 Hope Publishing Co., CCLI #383771, ELW #752.

Saturday,
August 14, 2021

Photo: Waxing moon above Ossipee Lake, Camp Calumet, August 13, 2021, 7:53pm, by JHS.
As resident camp held their closing program last night, a waxing moon appeared over Ossipee Lake around 8pm outside Luther Hall. We hold in prayer campers and staff returning home today and preparing for school and/or work this fall. You are invited to take these lyrics from a beloved vespers song with you today and feel God’s amazing grace surrounding you.

Amazing grace-filled God…

You carry me through the waters
where your peace
clears away all my sorrow.
And nothing can separate us
from your love, oh your love,
it will always be.

Amazing Grace,
how sweet the sound,
I hear you singing over me.
I once was lost but now am found…
and it’s beautiful.
Amazing Grace,
how sweet the sound,
it covers every part of me.
My soul is silent I am found…
and it’s a beautiful sound.
It’s a beautiful, beautiful sound.
Amen.

Prayer: “How Sweet the Sound”, verse 2 and refrain, Josh Calhoun/Ben Calhoun © 2013 Fair Trade Music CCLi #383771, (www.citizenmusic.com)

Friday,
August 13, 2021

Photo: The trees standing tall toward the Thursday evening magnificent sunset skies above the Micah Room, August 12, 2021 by JHS.
How magnificent for us to ponder,
triune God of grace,
how your Word
spoke creation into being,
how your Spirit
breathed life into every living creature.
Receive now our praise in concert
with the symphony of praise
sung by the trees and fields on earth,
all saints and angels in heaven---
all offered through Jesus Christ.
Amen.

Prayer: The Worship Sourcebook, 2nd Ed., Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, © 2013 Faith Alive Christian Resources, p. 380.

Thursday,
August 12, 2021

Photo: Boathouse and life jackets in Boating Department, August 8, 2021, by JHS.
God is our shelter and strength,
always ready to help in times of trouble.
So we will not be afraid...
the God of Jacob is our refuge…
”Be still, and know that I am God…”
The LORD Almighty is with us.
Amen.

Prayer: Psalm 46:1-2a, 7, 10-11 (TEV)

Wednesday,
August 11, 2021

Photo: Cabins on the shores of Ossipee Lake at Camp Calumet, Summer 2021; photo by Amy O’Riley, summer resident camp photographer.
We continue to pray for our last session of the 2021 season and hold up in prayer all camps as the summer season comes to a close.

Jesus,
who promised to be with us always,
we welcome you
into our cabin or tent,
our home for a little while.
Bless this space for friendship,
fun, and rest.
Bless us also
that we may always remember,
wherever we are,
we make our home in you.
Amen.

Prayer: Adapted from a “Blessing of a Cabin” from Common Prayer for Children and Families © 2020 by Jenifer Gamber & Timothy J. S. Seamens, Church Publishing Inc., p. 93.

Tuesday,
August 10, 2021

Photo: Calumet’s bell to call campers to meals, August 8, 2021! Photo by JHS.
Come, Lord Jesus, be our guest and let these gifts to us be blessed. Amen.
(Germany)

Each time we eat, may we remember God‘s love. Amen.
(China)

The bread is warm and fresh,
the water cooling clear.
Lord of all life, be with us.
Lord of all life, be near. Amen.
(Nigeria)

Table graces: A World of Prayers edited by Jeremy Brooks, (c) 2004 Eerdmans Books for Young Readers.

Monday,
August 9, 2021

Photo: Grilled cheese sandwich on a green camp plate at Johnson Dining Hall on the shores of Ossipee Lake, August 2, 2021; Photo is courtesy of summer camp nurse, Mindy Olson.
If it’s Monday, it’s Grilled Cheese for lunch at Resident Camp! Calumet is grateful for all our food service staff as they prepare food for our last week of summer camp for kids.

A blessing for this week:
Go into the world
with all humility,
gentleness,
and patience,
bearing with one another in love,
in the unity of the Spirit,
the bond of peace,
and the name of Jesus,
the Bread of Life.
Amen.

Blessing: https://www.ministrymatters.com/.../worship-elements...

Sunday,
August 8, 2021

Photo: Sailing at Calumet’s third session, during Week 5, July 2021; photo by summer staff photographer Amy Gillam O’Riley.
Today Calumet begins its 4th session! Remember in prayer those campers and families headed to camp today and keep in prayer the best staff ever as they begin their last week serving in Resident Camp for 2021.

Bless us, O God,
as we leave for camp,
set our feet on the path of adventure,
prepare our hearts for new friendships,
show us the way to give you glory,
and through our days at camp,
may our faith in you
increase and deepen.
Amen.

For today's Sunday readings, prayers, a message for today and for worship music, please go to our worship blog at https://www.calumet.org/about/sundaymoments

Prayer: “Leaving for Camp” from Common Prayer for Children and Families © 2020 by Jenifer Gamber & Timothy J. S. Seamens, Church Publishing Inc., p. 93.

Saturday,
August 7, 2021

Photo: Sunset at Jackman Ridge, Camp Calumet. August 2, 2021. Photo is courtesy of summer camp nurse, Mindy Olson.
God,
who stretched the spangled heavens
infinite in time and place,
flung the suns in burning radiance
through the silent fields of space:
we, your children in your likeness,
share inventive powers with you;
great Creator, still creating,
show us what we yet may do.
Amen.

Prayer: ELW #771, “God, Who Stretched the Spangled Heavens” by Catherine Cameron © 1967 Hope Publishing Co., CCLI #383771.

Hymn Story: Catherine Arnott Cameron (1927-2019), was a professor of social psychology in California, who wrote this text over several months when she was experiencing a new sense of creativity in her own life. The hymn was first published in 1969, the same year as the first lunar landing by humans (Apollo 11, July 20, 1969). From: Hymns to the Creator by Gail Ramshaw from the Sing the Faith Series, © 2003 Augsburg Fortress, p. 34.

Friday,
August 6, 2021

Photo: The gift of a magnificent sunset fills the sky over site 26 in the campground, August 2, 2021. Photo is courtesy of summer campground guest, Georgette Wilson.
Glory to God for everything!
(St. John Chrysostom 347-407)

The heavens declare
the glory of God,
and the sky proclaims
its maker’s handiwork.
Let the words of my mouth
and the mediation of my heart
be acceptable in your sight,
O LORD,
my strength and my redeemer.
Amen.

Prayer: ELW Psalm 19: 1 & 14

Thursday,
August 5, 2021

Photo: Entrance signs to the Family Campground on a sunny day with blue skies, July 30, 2021 by JHS.
We continue to prayer for communities suffering destruction from wildfires especially the community of Greenville, CA which was destroyed by the Dixie Fire this week.

Blessed be the tie that binds our hearts in Christian love; the unity of heart and mind is like to that above.

Before our God we come and pour our ardent prayers; our fears, our hopes, our aims are one, our comforts and our cares.

We share our mutual woes, our mutual burdens bear, and often for each other flows the sympathizing tear.

From sorrow, toil, and pain, and sin we shall be free; and perfect love and friendship reign through all eternity. Amen.

Prayer: “Blest Be the Tie that Binds” by John Fawcett, 1740-1817 Evangelical Lutheran Worship #656 and The New Century Hymnal #393.

Hymn background: An English Baptist minister, John Fawcett published a number of poetic works. His entire ministry was spent at a church near Hebden Bridge, Yorkshire, where he wrote most of his hymns to follow his sermons. (TNCH #393).

Wednesday,
August 4, 2021

Photo: View of Alice’s gardens in the front courtyard near the Micah Room entrance at the Conference Center. Photo courtesy of summer guest, Carolyn Vittner, August 3, 2021.
Joyful, joyful, we adore thee,
God of glory, Lord of Love!
Hearts unfold like flowers before thee,
center of unbroken praise.
Melt the clouds of sin and sadness,
drive the gloom of doubt away.
Giver of immortal gladness,
fill us with the light of day.

All thy works with joy surround thee,
earth and heaven reflect thy rays,
stars and angels sing around thee,
center of unbroken praise.
Field and forest, vale and mountain,
flowery meadow, flashing sea,
chanting bird, and flowing fountain
call us to rejoice in thee.
Amen.

Prayer: ELW #836: “Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee,” verses 1 & 2, by Henry van Dyke, 1852-1922. Henry van Dyke was a noted church leader, U.S. ambassador, Navy chaplain, and prolific writer. Since the last movement of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony (The Choral) used Schiller’s secular text, “Ode to Joy,” van Dyke, while visiting Williams College and admiring the Berkshire Mountains, composed these sacred words with the admonition, “It must be sung to the music of Beethoven’s ‘Hymn to Joy’.” (Sources: Hymn notes in the “The New Century Hymnal” and Austin Lovelace’s “Hymn Notes for Church Bulletins.”)

Tuesday,
August 3, 2021

Photo: Bikes parked at Calumet's Family Camping Beach, July 2021 by JHS.
Spirit God,
you are always on the move.
We give thanks for wheels and pedals
that take us to new places;
for balance and for pathways
on adventures yet to know.
Protect us from spills and crashes
and keep us close to you.
Amen.

Prayer: “Learning to Ride a Bicycle” prayer from COMMON PRAYER for Children and Families © 2020 by Jenifer Gamber & Timothy J. S. Seamans, Church Publishing Inc., p. 83.

Monday,
August 2, 2021

Photo: Tall trees dividing the soccer field from the Family Camping Beach parking lot, looking toward the campground, July 31, 2021 by JHS.
Go forth this week as trees---
strong and healthy!
Rooted and grounded in God’s Word,
nurtured by God’s grace,
watered and enabled
by the power of the Holy Spirit,
blown and bent by enough distress
to make you strong.
God bless your going.
Amen.

Benediction: Invocations and Benedictions for the Revised Common Lectionary, compiled & edited by John M. Drescher © 1998 Abingdon Press, p. 78.

Sunday,
August 1, 2021

Photo: Summer view of the Conference Center Dining Room and the Cross Window, July 30, 2021 by JHS.
Show me your marvelous loving-kindness, O Savior.
(Psalm 17:7a)

O God, eternal goodness,
immeasurable love,
you place your gifts before us;
we eat and are satisfied.
Fill us and this world,
in all its need with the life
that comes only from you,
through Jesus Christ,
our Savior and Lord.
Amen.

For more Sunday prayers, music and a thought for this day, please go to our worship blog at https://www.calumet.org/about/sundaymoments

Prayer: Evangelical Lutheran Worship © 2006 Augsburg Fortress, p. 44.

Saturday,
July 31, 2021

Photo: Blue skies and puffy clouds above the Big Top Tent in the Campground following another brief afternoon rain shower, July 30, 2021 by JHS.
O God,
powerful and compassionate,
you shepherd your people,
faithfully feeding and protecting us.
Heal each of us,
and make us a whole people,
that we may embody
the justice and peace
of your Son, Jesus Christ,
our Savior and Lord.
Amen.

Prayer: Prayer for Time after Pentecost - Lectionary 16B, Evangelical Lutheran Worship ©2006 Augsburg Fortress, p. 42.

Friday,
July 30, 2021

Photo: “First Light at the Lake”, Calumet Waterfront, Ossipee Lake, July 29, 2021; Photo courtesy of Ray Purtell.
May my mouth
praise the love of God this morning.
O God, may I do your will this day.
May my ears
hear the words of God and obey them.
O God, may I do your will this day.
May my feet
follow the footsteps of God this day.
O God, may I do your will this day.
Amen.

Prayer: A prayer for the morning from Japan, “A World of Prayers”, edited by Jeremy Brooks, © 2004 Eerdmanns Books for Young Readers.

Thursday,
July 29, 2021

Photo: Sunset view from Jackman Ridge, July 22, 2021, photo courtesy of Debbie Johnson, Weeks 3 & 4 FC Program Staff.
Great is the LORD,
and worthy of praise,
in the city of our God,
his holy mountain.
Within your temple, O God,
we meditate on your unfailing love.
Like your name, O God,
your praise
reaches to the ends of the earth;
your right hand
is filled with righteousness…
For this God is our God
forever and ever;
…our guide even to the end.
Amen.

Prayer: Psalm 48:1, 9-10, 14 NIV

Wednesday,
July 28, 2021

Photo: Outside dining options along Ossipee Lake at Resident Camp, July 24, 2021 by JHS.
🎶 A camp table grace sung to the tune:
"Rock Around the Clock" 🎶

God is great, God is good;
And we thank God for our food.
We're gonna thank God
in the morning, noon and night!
We’re gonna thank our God
cuz God’s outta sight!
Amen, Amen, Amen!

Table grace: “Snappy Grace” ~ Unknown source.

Tuesday,
July 27, 2021

Photo: Family Camping Beach, July 26, 2021 by JHS.
Smoke particles (looking like haze or fog) from the fires in the western part of the United States and Canada were visible in the air at our Family Camping Beach on Ossipee Lake yesterday. Let us pray for all affected by these wildfires.

Almighty God, we pray for communities that lie in the paths of wildfires in the western United States and Canada. May your healing presence give them peace and hope in their time of need. Grant comfort to those who mourn and give strength to those working diligently to contain the fires and care for the affected communities. Through Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.

Prayer: Adapted from ELCA.org/disaster

Monday,
July 26, 2021

Photo: Family Camping Beach, late Saturday afternoon, July 24, 2021 by JHS.
May the God who searches our hearts,
knows our minds,
helps in our weakness,
attends to our sighs too deep for words,
and who is never separated from us,
be our source and sustenance,
today and always.
Amen.

Prayer: Benediction based on Romans 8:26-39, The Abingdon Women’s Preaching Annual, Lenora Tubbs Tisdale, editor, © 2000 by Abingdon Press, p. 79.

Sunday,
July 25, 2021

Photo: Outdoor Chapel, Saturday morning, July 24, 2021 by JHS.
Seek ye first the kingdom of God
and God’s righteousness;
And all these things
shall be added unto you.
Allelu, allelujah!

Ask, and it shall be given unto you;
Seek, and you shall find.
Knock, and the door
shall be opened unto you.
Allelu, allelujah!

We shall not live by bread alone,
but by every word
that proceeds
from the mouth of God.
Allelu, allelujah!
Amen.

For more prayers, songs, scripture readings, and a thought for the day, please go to our worship blog at https://www.calumet.org/about/sundaymoments

Prayer: Text and music by Karen Lafferty © 1972, Maranatha! Music, CCLI License # 383771.

“Seek Ye First”, Karen Lafferty’s signature song, was written during her early years in Christian music, following a Bible study on Matthew 6:33. Published first in Praise 1 in 1971, the second stanza and the “Alleluia” descant were added in Songs for Celebration (1980). The third stanza was added later. “Seek Ye First” has been included in almost every hymnal published in North America since 1980. The song even found a place in more “liturgical” traditions such as the Episcopal Hymnal 1982. https://www.umcdiscipleship.org/.../history-of-hymns-seek...

Saturday,
July 24, 2021

God of seasons and Sabbath,
God of our days and our hearts;
You bless us with greening time,
that we might be renewed.
Teach us to live slowly,
and taste the goodness of your love.
Show us how every moment
is alive with you,
far from ordinary,
trembling with hope,
shining with glory.
Through Christ,
who found us in corners of quiet,
and in whose arms we find rest.
Amen.

Prayer: “Ordinary Time” from Liturgy for the Whole Church: Multigenerational Resources for Worship © 2008 by Susan K. Bock, Church Publishing Inc., page 135.

Friday,
July 23, 2021

Gracious and holy God,
grant peace among nations
as the Olympics officially begin today.
We pray for the safety
of all athletes.
Cultivate among them
a spirit of friendly camaraderie,
and protect Tokyo
from the Covid contagion.
Let peace fill all hearts
throughout your world.
Amen.

Prayer: Adapted from the ELCA Worship Blog for July 18, 2021 and ELW prayers for peace.

Thursday,
July 22, 2021

Photo: Pottery Department, photo courtesy of summer resident camp staff photographer Amy Gillam O’Riley, July 2021.
Change my heart, O God;
make it ever true.
Change my heart, O God;
may I be like you.

You are the potter;
I am the clay.
Mold me and make me;
This is what I pray.

Change my heart, O God;
make it ever true.
Change my heart, O God;
may I be like you.
Amen.

Prayer: “Change My Heart, O God” by Eddie Espinosa © 1982 Mercy/Vineyard Publishing, CCLI 383771.

Wednesday,
July 21, 2021

Abundant and Living God,
we open our hands
to receive your blessings
as we share your blessings
with others.
We open our hands
to receive from whom we give.
Bless our gifts
and inspire us
to holy receptivity
as we live each day
by your abundant grace.
Amen.

Prayer: From Holy Adventures: 41 Days of Audacious Living © 2008 by Bruce G. Epperly. Upper Room Books. (ALIVE NOW September/October 2011, p. 31)

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Tuesday,
July 20, 2021

Dear God,
open my heart;
fill me with your spirit;
Holy Spirit,
come upon me now!

Dear God,
open my heart;
fill me with your wisdom;
Holy Spirit,
forgive me with your grace!

Dear God,
open my heart;
fill me with your love;
Holy Spirit,
transform me into wholeness!

Prayer: Jae Hyung Cho, Korea; from Gifts in Open Hands, Maren Tirabassi and Kathy Wonson Eddy, © 2011 The Pilgrim Press, p. 61.

Monday,
July 19, 2021

A blessing for this week:

May God go before you
to lead you.
May God go behind you
to guard you.
May God go beneath you
to support you.
May God go beside you
to befriend you.
Do not be afraid.
Let the blessing of God
-the Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit-
come upon you today
and settle in around you.
Do not be afraid.
Go in peace to love
and serve the Lord.
Amen.

Blessing: The Worship Sourcebook, 2nd Ed., Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, Faith Alive Christian Resources ©2013, page 371.

Sunday,
July 18, 2021

God is my shepherd,
who gives me all I need.
God gives me wonderful places
to rest and sleep.
God lets me splash and play
in cool, clear waters.
God helps me do what is right.
I am not afraid
even in the darkest nights
because you are with me, God,
and your protection comforts me.
When danger comes,
you give me strength.
My life is filled with your love,
and all I want
is to be with you
my whole life long.
Amen.

For more Sunday worship resources including scripture, prayers, music and a thought for the day, please go to our worship blog at https://www.calumet.org/about/sundaymoments

Prayer: Psalm 23 adapted from the Spark Story Bible © 2009 Augsburg Fortress, p. 163.

Saturday,
July 17, 2021

We pray for all who are ill, for their caregivers, and for their family members and friends:

Keep watch, dear Lord,
with those who work,
or watch,
or weep this night,
and give your angels
charge over those who sleep.

Tend the sick, Lord Christ;
give rest to the weary,
bless the dying,
soothe the suffering and afflicted,
shield the joyous;
and all for your love’s sake.
Amen.

Prayer: St. Augustine of Hippo (354-430)

Friday,
July 16, 2021

Holy God, in you alone
we find safety and shelter.
Be a refuge for those suffering
from wildfires, flash floods
and extreme temperatures.
Comfort those who are grieving.
Be with firefighters
and first responders.
Heal your whole creation
and bring your peace.
We pray through Jesus Christ,
our life and our strength.
Amen.

Prayer: Adapted from a prayer for natural disasters from “All Creation Sings” Augsburg Fortress © 2020, p. 50.

Thursday,
July 15, 2021

The revelation of GOD is whole
and pulls our lives together.
The signposts of GOD are clear
and point out the right road.
The life maps of GOD are right,
showing the way to joy.
The directions of GOD are plain
and easy on the eyes.
GOD’s reputation is 24 carat gold,
with a lifetime guarantee…
GOD’s Word is better than a diamond,
better than a diamond
set between emeralds…
GOD’s Word warns us of danger
and directs us to hidden treasure.

(Psalm 19:7-11 ~ The Message)

Wednesday,
July 14, 2021

Great is your faithfulness,
O God, Creator,
with you no shadow of turning we see.
You do not change,
your compassions they fail not;
all of your goodness forever will be.

Great is your faithfulness!
Great is your faithfulness!
Morning by morning
new mercies I see;
All I have needed
your hand has provided,
great is your faithfulness,
God, unto me!

Pardon for sin
and a peace so enduring,
your own dear presence
to cheer and to guide.
Strength for today
and bright hope for tomorrow,
blessings all mine
with ten thousand beside.
Amen.

Prayer: Great is Your Faithfulness, stanzas 1 & 3 with refrain by Thomas O. Chishom © 1923, renewed 1951 by Hope Publishing Co., One License A-700246. This hymn text was one of many by poet and Methodist minister Thomas O. Chisholm (1866-1960). (This translation is from The New Century Hymnal #423)

Tuesday,
July 13, 2021

Lord, be before us to guide us,
be behind us to push us,
be beneath us to carry us,
be above us to bless us,
be around us to protect us,
be in us so that in body and soul
we serve you
for the glory of your name.
Amen.

Prayer: Ecumenical Unity Prayer, inspired by St Patrick’s Breastplate, often attributed to Nathan Söderblom, Archbishop of Uppsala (1866-1931). A winner of the Nobel Prize for peace for his efforts to unite peoples after the First World War, Söderblom also called attention to the revival of early church worship principles, and helped to lay the groundwork for the World Council of Churches. He was first among clergy to see “a connection between liturgical worship, personal prayer and social justice.” The ELCA commemorates Nathan Söderblom annually on July 12.

Monday,
July 12, 2021

Please take this blessing with you this week.

May the balm of God’s healing power
anoint you.
May the fragrance of Christ’s presence
surround you.
May the wind of the Holy Spirit
breathe within you
and give you peace.
Amen.

Blessing: The Abingdon Women’s Preaching Annual, Series 2, Year C © 2000 Abingdon Press, p. 84.

Sunday,
July 11, 2021

Gracious God, your goodness surpasses everything else. Uphold us day after day, and teach us night after night, that we may follow in the path of life and be filled with resurrection joy; through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

For worship resources including today’s prayers, scripture readings, worship music and the story behind the worship song, “Open the Eyes of My Heart,” please go https://www.calumet.org/about/sundaymoments

Prayer: ELW Psalm Prayer for Psalm 16 © 2021 Augsburg Fortress, Augsburg Fortress Liturgies Annual License #SAS006505

Saturday,
July 10, 2021

Prayer of the Little Ducks

Dear God,
give us a flood of water.
Let it rain tomorrow and always.
Give us plenty of little slugs
and other luscious things to eat.
Protect all folk who quack
and everyone
who knows how to swim.
Amen.

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From Prayers from the Ark, by Carmen Bernos de Gasztold. These prayers were first published, in French, in 1947 by a private press. Rumer Godden discovered a volume of them and translated them into English. The poem-prayers are at once reverent, humorous, realistic and concise.

Friday,
July 9, 2021

O God, it is your will to hold both heaven and earth in a single peace. Let the design of your great love shine on the countries of Haiti and Afghanistan. Bring peace to these nations, to their homes, and to their hearts. We pray for peace for all the world; through your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Prayer: Adapted from a prayer for peace, Evangelical Lutheran Worship, Augsburg Fortress, page 76.

Thursday,
July 8, 2021

Your love, LORD,
reaches to the heavens,
your faithfulness to the skies.
Your righteousness
is like the highest mountains,
your justice like the great deep…

How priceless
is your unfailing love, O God!
People take refuge
in the shadow of your wings.
They feast on the abundance
of your house;
you give them drink
from your river of delights.
For with you
is the fountain of life;
in your light we see light.

Prayer: Psalm 36:5-6a, 7-9 NIV

Wednesday,
July 7, 2021

All you clear and shimmering waters,
praise the Lord.
All you tiny insects
hovering over the water,
praise the Lord.
All the winds in the trees,
praise the Lord.
All you bass that avoid our lures,
praise the Lord.
All you loons that glide and dive,
praise the Lord.
All you chipmunks and squirrels
and baby rabbits
that eat from our doorstep,
praise the Lord.
All you huge rocks and palisades,
praise the Lord.
All you silent canoes,
praise the Lord.
All you early morning fisherman,
praise the Lord.
Amen.

Prayer: Pat Corrick Hinton from Soul Weavings: A Gathering of Women’s Prayers, edited by Lyn Klug, © 1996 Augsburg Fortress, p. 22.

Tuesday,
July 6, 2021

You show up, Jesus,
in the most unlikely places.
Give us patience
to wait and watch
when we cannot see your presence
so that we may be ready
to greet you where we are.
Amen.

Prayer: Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals, by Claiborne, Wilson-Hartgrove & Okoro © 2010 Zondervan, p. 335.

Monday,
July 5, 2021

Go in confidence this week.
Know that God goes with you
to give you words of hope,
comfort and peace.
May God’s love flow through you
to all those whom you meet.
Amen.

Blessing: https://www.ministrymatters.com/.../worship-connection...

Sunday,
July 4, 2021

God of righteousness,
we pray for the nations:
bestow your peace
throughout the world;
raise up prophets
to speak truth to power;
uphold those
who work for human rights;
and protect the poor and the refugee.

On this Fourth of July,
we ask that you bless the United States:
free us from prejudices,
and grant to our elected leaders
a passion for justice
and a will to serve all the people.
Protect from danger
those who celebrate this day.
Amen.

Prayer: From Prayers of Intercession, ELCA Worship Blog for Sunday, July 4, 2021; https://blogs.elca.org/worship/4382

Saturday,
July 3, 2021

We give thanks for needed rain and cooling temperatures this weekend. We keep in our prayers those regions still experiencing extraordinary heat and those regions bracing for Hurricane Elsa.

Earth and all stars!
Loud rushing planets!
Sing to the Lord a new song!
Hail, wind, and rain!
Loud blowing snowstorm!
Sing to the Lord a new song!
God has done marvelous things.
I too sing praises with a new song!
Amen.

Prayer: Earth and All Stars, verse 1, by Herbert F. Brokering © 1968 Augsburg Publishing House. This hymn was written in 1964 for the 90th anniversary of St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota.

Friday,
July 2, 2021

This is the season for summer campfires, rain or shine. Traveling mercies for all on the roads, on the rails, on the water and in the skies this holiday weekend.

God of life and light,
we gather before you
around this great fire
as members of your great family,
part of the communion of saints.
Set our hearts and voices on fire
with your love that we may reflect
your faithful presence.
Be in our stories
and in our songs this night.
Be in our laughter and in our joy.
And when the night draws to a close
and our eyes grow heavy,
be our rest and renewal.
Amen.

Prayer: “Gathering Around a Campfire” prayer from Common Prayer for Children and Families by Jenifer Gamber & Timothy J. S. Seamans © 2020, Church Publishing Inc., p. 94. (Highly recommend this book celebrating prayer for all Christian Educators and families!)

Thursday,
July 1, 2021

Beloved God,
remind us that your life is living in us.
Your love is holding us.

Your presence is surrounding us.
Your being is blessing us.

Your wisdom is guiding us.
Your light is leading us.

Your creation is nurturing us.
Your power is protecting us.

Your will is shaping us.
Your name is claiming us.

Your Son is healing us.
Your Spirit is transforming us.

How could we ever feel alone?
Amen.

Prayer: Adapted from “Centering Prayers: A One-Year Daily Companion for Going Deeper into the Love of God” by Peter Traben Haas, © 2013, Paraclete Press, p. 233.

Wednesday,
June 30, 2021

We continue to pray to you almighty God, in this time of loss in Surfside, Fl. You are our refuge and strength, a very present help in time of trouble. Uphold and console the families of lost ones with your love. Give strength to search and rescue teams from all over the world. Be with survivors and give them peace; for the sake of your great mercy in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Prayer: Adapted from a prayer from All Creation Sings Worship Supplement, Augsburg Fortress © 2020, p. 49.

Tuesday,
June 29, 2021

“Be still, and know that I am God! I am exalted among the nations, I am exalted in the earth.” The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. (Psalm 46:10-11 NRSV)

Lord God,
our refuge and strength,
when raging waters rise up
against your holy city,
watch over it and keep it safe.
Make us still in your presence,
and bring an end to war and violence,
that all people may dwell in safety
along the river
that flows in the city of God;
through Jesus Christ,
our Savior and Lord.
Amen.

Prayer: Psalm 46, ELW Psalm Prayer, Augsburg Fortress Liturgies License SAS006505

Monday,
June 28, 2021

A daily blessing with motions:

God be in my head
(touch your forehead);
God be in my heart
(cross hands over your heart);
God be on my left
(place right hand on left shoulder);
God be on my right
(place left hand on right shoulder);
God be with me today
(open your hands in front of you
to the world).
Amen.

Blessing: Celtic blessing (attributed to St. Patrick) adapted for Leadership & Staff Weeks at Calumet 2021. The last phrase may be adapted to your location or what you may be doing today! Many versions of this blessing may be found in poetry, hymnody and songs.

Sunday,
June 27, 2021

Today is the first day of Resident Camp at Calumet! Please remember all camps and outdoor ministries sites that are already open or preparing to open in your prayers.

A prayer for campers:

God of life,
bless our campers today.
May this day bring friendship and joy.
Enliven their senses
that they may know
the wonders of your creation.
Bring campers to a deeper understanding
of your truth and love as
they play, work and learn together.
Amen.

Prayer: Adapted from “Common Prayer for Children and Families by Jenifer Gamber & Timothy J. S. Seamans, © 2020, Church Publishing Inc.

Saturday,
June 26, 2021

Photo: Welcome sign in the campground, June 2021 by JHS.
Loving God, we give thanks for Calumet and other outdoor ministry sites as summer programming begins this weekend in the Family Campground. We are called together for rest, refreshment, renewal and fun. May we greet old and new friends with love and joy. May we live in community and share each other’s joys and burdens. We give thanks for your creation and the opportunity to hear the loons and the whippoorwills, and to enjoy beautiful Ossipee Lake. Peace be with us in this beloved place and may your peace carry out into the world as we come and go throughout the season. In Christ we pray; Amen.

Friday,
June 25, 2021

God, our help and comfort, accompany the community of Surfside, FL in this time of uncertainty and loss after the sudden collapse of a condo building. We are grateful for those who have been found and pray for their healing. Be with rescue crews searching for survivors and with families and friends desperate for answers about their loved ones. As they wait, assure them of your unfailing presence; as they seek direction in the days ahead, guide them by your wisdom. We pray in the name of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

Prayer: Adapted from a prayer for civic distress from “All Creation Sings Worship Supplement” © 2020 Augsburg Fortress, #SAS006505.

Thursday,
June 24, 2021

Loving God,

open our hearts so that we may feel the breath and play of your Spirit.

Unclench our hands so that we may reach out to one another, and be healed.

Open our lips that we may drink in the delight and wonder of life.

Open our eyes so that we may see Christ in friend and stranger.

Breathe your Spirit into us and touch our lives with the life of Christ.

Amen.

Prayer: From Aotearoa (New Zealand), An IONA Prayer Book, compiled by Peter Millar, Canterbury Press © 1998, p. 130.

Wednesday,
June 23, 2021

Lord, make us instruments
of your peace.
Where there is hatred,
let us sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is discord, union;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy.

Grant that we may not so much
seek to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying
that we are born to eternal life.
Amen.

Prayer: An anonymous prayer attributed to Francis of Assisi, Prayers for Spiritual Life, Evangelical Lutheran Worship © 2006 Augsburg Fortress, p. 87.

Tuesday,
June 22, 2021

Merciful God, your healing power is everywhere about us. Strengthen those who work among the sick; give them courage and confidence in all they do. Be with summer camp nurses and medical staff partners as they prepare and welcome staff & campers this summer. Be with all nurses everywhere as they offer care and comfort to those in need; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Prayer: Adapted from a prayer for “health care providers”, Evangelical Lutheran Worship © 2006 Augsburg Fortress, p. 85.

Monday,
June 21, 2021

Go forth to greet the world at work.
Go forth in the name of God the Creator,
whose strength empowers us;
in the name of Christ the Redeemer,
whose love transforms us;
and in the name of the Holy Spirit,
whose presence guides us.
Amen.

Blessing: The Worship Sourcebook, 2nd Ed., © 2013 Faith Alive Resources, p. 731.

Sunday,
June 20, 2021

Jesus woke up and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” Then the wind ceased, and there was a dead calm. (Mark 4:39)

Come to us, O Christ
and forgive our feeble faith
when the winds of life
become blustery
and the waves seem to overtake us.
Send forth fresh courage to us today
and send us out in the world
with full confidence in your Word,
O Christ.
Amen.

Prayer: Adapted from “Invocations and Benedictions for the Revised Common Lectionary” by John M. Drescher © 1998 Abingdon Press, p. 82.

Saturday,
June 19, 2021

Holy and righteous God,
you created us in your image.
Grant us grace to contend fearlessly
against evil and to make no peace
with oppression.

Help us,
like those of generations before us
who resisted the evil of slavery
and human bondage in any form
and any manner of oppression.

Help us
to use our freedoms
to bring justice among people
and nations everywhere,
to the glory of your holy name
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

A blessed Juneteenth to you. May we be sent forth to live into justice and love for all. Amen.

To learn more about this new federal holiday, please go to https://juneteenth.com Prayer: Prayer of the Day for Juneteenth from Worship Resources: Juneteenth © 2019 Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

Friday,
June 18, 2021

Christ the healer,
thank you
for the variety and richness
of our individual stories,
and the weaving of your presence
through our lives.
Amen.

Prayer: An IONA Prayer Book, Peter Millar, Canterbury Press, p. 46.

Thursday,
June 17, 2021

O God of unconditional love,
you who show no partiality
in respect to people of nations,
we have heard your good news,
and in hearing, believe.
We know that your sanctuary
is a house of worship
for all people, with no regard
for the color of our skin.
As we worship you,
knit us into a people,
in a seamless garment of many colors.
May we celebrate our unity,
made whole in our diversity.
Forgive us for our inability
to let our “old selves” die to the world.
We acknowledge that we participate
in structures that are inherently racist,
and yet we do nothing to remedy it.
Show us when we fail,
when we judge others
according to the color of their flesh.
Amen.

On June 17, 2015, Clementa C. Pinckney, Cynthia Marie Graham Hurd, Susie Jackson, Ethel Lee Lance, DePayne Middleton-Doctor, Tywanza Sanders, Daniel Lee Simmons, Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, and Myra Thompson were murdered by a self-professed white supremacist while they were gathered for Bible study and prayer at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church (often referred to as Mother Emanuel) in Charleston, South Carolina. Pastors Pinckney and Simmons were both graduates of the Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary. A resolution to commemorate June 17 as a day of repentance for the martyrdom of the Emanuel Nine was adopted by the Churchwide Assembly of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America on August 8, 2019. Congregations of the ELCA are encouraged reaffirm their commitment to repenting of the sins of racism and white supremacy which continue to plague this church, to venerate the martyrdom of the Emanuel Nine, and to mark this day of penitence with study and prayer.

Prayer: Adapted from the United Church of Christ’s “Prayers for Racial Justice Sunday” and from the United Church of Canada, https://download.elca.org/ELCA.../60DaysGunViolence.pdf

Wednesday,
June 16, 2021

All things bright and beautiful,
all creatures great and small.
All things wise and wonderful,
our dear God made them all.

Each little flower that opens,
each little bird that sings,
God made their glowing colors,
and made their tiny wings.

The purple headed mountain,
the river running by,
the sunset and the morning
that brightens up the sky.

The cold wind in the winter,
the pleasant summer sun,
the ripe seeds in the garden,
God made them everyone.
Amen.

Prayer: With One Voice, #767 ~ A hymn for children published in 1848 based on the first article of the Apostles Creed: “Maker of heaven and earth”. Written by the Anglo-Irish hymn writer & poet Mrs. Cecil Frances Alexander (1818-1895) who also wrote the Holy Week hymn "There Is a Green Hill Far Away" and the Christmas carol "Once in Royal David's City".

Tuesday,
June 15, 2021

Oh Lord, the Holy Spirit,
Mother of Wisdom,
teach us, your children,
to be caring of one another
and to protect one another
as you gather the nations
under the feathers of your wings.
Help us to know peace
that steals gently in
through quiet acts of kindness.
Amen.

Prayer: Adapted from the Diocese of St. Albans, Church of England, Verse & Voice 06.14.21, www.sojo.net

Monday,
June 14, 2021

Our summer staff has arrived for two weeks of training. We ask that you keep Calumet in your prayers as preparations are made for the “best summer ever!”

May the power of God the Creator
guide them,
may the wisdom of the Son
instruct them,
and may the work of the Spirit
energize them.
May we all know the love of God
through one another,
in the name of the Father, Son,
and Holy Spirit.
Amen.

Blessing: Adapted from a prayer for ‘Counselors’, “COMMON PRAYER for Children and Families”, © 2020 Jennifer Gamber & Timothy J. S. Seamans, Church Publishing Inc., p. 94. (Highly recommended collection of prayers and liturgies written for kids and adults and the communities who pray with them.)

Sunday,
June 13, 2021

O God, you are the tree of life,
offering shelter to all the world.
Graft us into yourself
and nurture our growth,
that we may bear your truth
and love to those in need.

We continue to pray
for peace and justice
throughout the world
and remember
the victims of gun violence
across our nation this weekend,
through Jesus Christ,
our Savior and Lord.
Amen.

Prayer: Prayer for the Day with additional petitions, Evangelical Lutheran Worship, page 39, Augsburg Fortress Liturgies Annual License #SAS006505.

Saturday,
June 12, 2021

Shape our spirits
by Christ's transforming power,
that as one people
we may live out
your compassion and justice,
whole and sound
in the realm of your peace.
Amen.

Prayer: Revised Common Lectionary, First Friday of Advent, Year B; Revised Common Lectionary Prayers, © 2002 Consultation on Common Texts, Augsburg Fortress; https://lectionary.library.vanderbilt.edu/.../Advent_B...

Friday,
June 11, 2021

Oh, the Lord is good to me, and so I thank the Lord for giving me the things I need the sun, and the rain, and the apple seed. The Lord is good to me. Amen.

Prayer: The Johnny Appleseed Table Grace ~ Anonymous;
Johnny Appleseed, by name of John Chapman, (born September 26, 1774, Leominster, Massachusetts—died March, 1845, near Fort Wayne, Indiana, U.S.), was an American missionary nurseryman of the North American frontier who helped prepare the way for 19th-century pioneers by supplying apple-tree nursery stock throughout the Midwest. He is remembered for his cheerful generous nature, his affinity for the wilderness, his gentleness with animals, his devotion to the Bible, his knowledge of medicinal herbs, his harmony with the Native Americans, and above all his eccentric appearance. (www.britannica.com/biography/John-Chapman)

Thursday,
June 10, 2021

Spirit, spirit of gentleness,
blow through the wilderness,
calling and free;
Spirit, spirit of restlessness,
stir me from placidness,
wind on the sea.

You sang in a stable,
you cried from a hill,
then you whispered in silence
when the whole world was still;
And down in the city
you called once again,
when you blew through your people
on the rush of the wind.
Amen.

Text: ELW #396, “Spirit, Spirit of Gentleness,” refrain and verse 3 © 1978 by James K. Manley, One License #700246A. Manley was born in 1940 at Holyoke, Massachusetts, and received his education at Whittier College, Pacific School of Religion, and Claremont School of Theology. This popular hymn grew out of a sabbatical leave at the Claremont School of Theology at Claremont, CA when Manley felt the urging of the Holy Spirit to write this hymn after he had completed the rough draft of his Doctor of Ministry thesis. It was first sung at Waiokeola Congregational Church in Honolulu. (Hymn background from https://www.firstcongmadison.org/.../hymn-286-spirit...)

Wednesday,
June 9, 2021

Be a bright flame before me, O God,
a guiding star above me.
Be a smooth path below me,
a kindly shepherd behind me
today, tonight, and forever.
Alone with none but you, my God
I journey on my way;
what need I fear when you are near,
O Lord of night and day?
More secure am I within your hand
than if a multitude did round me stand.
Amen.

St. Columba was a monk from the British Isles who helped keep the light of learning alive during the Middle Ages. Columba founded three monasteries off the coast of Scotland. Columba died in 597. The ELCA commemorates this saint as well as two other renewers of the church today, Aidan who died in 651 and Bede who died in 735. (Biography from Sundays & Seasons)

Prayer: The Prayer of St. Columba from http://www.spiritofsaintandrews.org.uk/.../the-prayer-of.../

Tuesday,
June 8, 2021

"But all who find safety in you will rejoice; they can always sing for joy."
(Psalm 5:11a, Good News Translation)

O God,
I will pray to you in the morning,
I will pray to you at sunrise.
I will ask you to show me
the way that I should go.
I will trust you to protect me,
I will trust in your love.
Amen.

Prayer: From Psalm 5, The Lion Book of Best Loved Prayers, compiled by Mary Joslin, © 2006 Lion Hudson, page 86.

Monday,
June 7, 2021

Go forth in the world
to serve God with gladness;
be of good courage,
hold fast to that which is good;
render to no one evil for evil;
strengthen the fainthearted;
support the weak;
help the afflicted;
honor all people;
love and serve God,
rejoicing in the power
of the Holy Spirit.

Go in peace this week.
Christ is with you.
Thanks be to God!

Blessing and Dismissal: ELW, Service of the Word, page 222. Augsburg Fortress Liturgies Annual License #SAS006505

Sunday,
June 6, 2021

My Jesus, my Savior,
Lord, there is none like you;
All of my days I want to praise
The wonders of your mighty love.

My comfort, my shelter,
Tower of refuge and strength;
Let every breath, all that I am
Never cease to worship you.

Shout to the Lord,
all the earth, let us sing
Power and majesty,
praise to the King;
Mountains bow down
and the seas will roar
At the sound of your name.

I sing for joy
at the work of your hands,
Forever I'll love you,
forever I'll stand,
Nothing compares
to the promise I have in you.
Amen.

Prayer: “Shout to the Lord” by Darlene Zschech ©1993 Hillsong Publishing, CCLI 383771

Saturday,
June 5, 2021

"You will show me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy." ~ Psalm 16:11a (ELW)

Gracious God, your goodness surpasses everything else. Uphold us day after day, and teach us night after night, that we may follow in the path of life and be filled with resurrection joy; through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

Prayer: ELW Psalm 16 prayer, sundaysandseasons.com © 2021 Augsburg Fortress, Augsburg Fortress Liturgies Annual License #SAS006505

Friday
June 4, 2021

God of journeys and new beginnings,
we praise you for all you have given
and all you still have in store for us;
we thank you for bringing those
who are graduating this spring
to a new time of growth and possibility;
may you protect them on life’s journey,
and may they always be examples
of your loving kindness.
Amen.

Prayer: Adapted from “Common Prayer for Children and Families" by Jennifer Gamber & Timothy J. S. Seamans © 2020 Church Publishing Inc., page 90.

Thursday
June 3, 2021

For the beauty of the earth,
for the beauty of the skies,
for the love which from our birth,
over and around us lies.

For the wonder of each hour
of the day and of the night,
hill and vale and tree and flower,
sun and moon and stars of light.

God of all,
to you we raise
this our hymn of grateful praise. Amen.

Prayer: ELW #879, verses 1 & 2 with refrain from “For the Beauty of the Earth” by Folliott S. Pierpoint, 1835-1917. Pierpoint penned these verses near his native city of Bath, England, on a late spring day when flowers were in full bloom and all the earth seemed to rejoice. (refrain and hymn description from The New Century Hymnal #28)

Wednesday
June 2, 2021

Do not forget
the joy of the Lord is your strength.
But remember this…

We are called
not to be fearful,
we are called to love.
We are called
not to parade our holiness,
we are called to be faithful.
We are called
not to be all knowing,
we are called to believe.
We are called
not to claim,
we are called to give.
We are called
not to be victorious,
we are called to be obedient.

And we are called to serve
and to walk humbly with our God.
Amen.

Prayer: Adapted from a reflection from South Africa, from “An IONA Prayer Book,” compiled by Peter W. Millar, © 1998 Canterbury Press, p. 126.

Tuesday
June 1, 2021

May God, the Holy Trinity,
make you strong in faith and love,
defend you on every side,
and guide you in truth and peace;
and the blessing of God Almighty,
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,
be among you
and remain with you always.
Amen.

Blessing: The Book of Occasional Services 1994 © 1995, The Church Pension Fund, Church Publishing Inc., p. 28. (The Worship Sourcebook, 2nd Edition, p. 731)

Memorial Day,
May 31, 2021

Almighty God, you are our strength and our shield. We give you thanks for the men and women of our armed forces, past and present, and especially for those who have died while serving. May their sacrifices serve the cause of peace, and may our nation be ever grateful for their service.

With your wisdom and strength guide our military's leaders, and give to all people a desire for justice and peace. We pray in the name of Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Prayer: https://lutheranzephyr.com/.../27/a-prayer-for-memorial-day/

Trinity Sunday,
May 30, 2021

Sovereign Creator of earth and sky,
Savior always with us,
Spirit sweeping over the waters,
renew our hearts today,
surround us with grace,
fill us with wonder and awe,
so we may honor you
with our gifts of love and praise
and worship you
with our whole life.
Amen.

For more prayers, music, scripture readings and a reflection for this Sunday, please go to our worship blog at https://www.calumet.org/about/sundaymoments Prayer: Invocations and Benedictions for the RCL, John M. Drescher, © 1998 Abingdon Press, page 33.

Prayer: Invocations and Benedictions for the RCL, John M. Drescher, © 1998 Abingdon Press, page 33.

Saturday,
May 29, 2021

Come, Spirit, breath of God,
breathe new life into me.
Blow away
the cobwebs of my mind;
clear away
the debris in my soul.
Bring healing to my wounds
and comfort my grief.
Refresh my spirit,
set my feet to dancing,
and set my heart ablaze.
Wind of God,
touch my life
and open me to your direction.
Amen.

Prayer: Prayer for May, “Opening: A Daybook of Saints, Sages, Psalms and Prayer Practices, 2nd Edition”, Rev. Larry J. Peacock, © 2014, Skylight Paths Publishing, page 127.

Friday,
May 28, 2021

If I were a butterfly,
I'd thank you, Lord,
for giving me wings.
If I were a robin in a tree,
I'd thank you, Lord,
that I could sing.
If I were a fish in the sea,
I'd wiggle my tail
and I'd giggle with glee.
But I just thank you, Father,
for making me, me.

For you gave me a heart
and you gave me a smile.
You gave me Jesus
and you made me your child.
And I just thank you, Father,
for making me, me.
Amen.

Prayer: “If I Were a Butterfly” song, verse 1 and chorus, Brian Howard © 1974 Mission Hills Music, All rights reserved. CCLI License # 383771.

Thursday,
May 27, 2021

Our help comes from you, O Lord... you who made heaven and earth.

We remember today those who are victims of gun violence. In the midst of grief, you are our comfort. In the face of uncertainty, you are our rock. In the wake of tragedy, you are our hope.

So even as we weep, we praise you, and place our trust in you. We pray in the name of the one who suffered and died and was raised for us, our Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.

Prayer: Adapted from the closing prayer in “A Service after a Violent Event”, All Creation Sings Worship Supplement, © 2020 Augsburg Fortress, page 66. Augsburg Fortress Liturgies Annual License SAS006505.

Wednesday,
May 26, 2021

Spirit of God, you are the gift my soul has been waiting for in the silence and throughout all the seasons of my life, even when I didn’t know it.

Plant your Word in my heart and birth your wisdom through me in ways I can’t begin to comprehend...and to bless others through counsel, friendship, and a joyful countenance. Amen.

Prayer: “You Are a Gift” from Centering Prayers by Peter Traben Haas, © 2013 Paraclete Press, page 103.

Tuesday,
May 25, 2021

Where ignorance, self-love and insensitivity
have fractured life in community,
give your light, O God of love.

Where injustice and oppression
have broken the spirit of peoples,
give your light, O God who frees.

Where hunger and poverty, illness and death
have made life an unbearable burden,
give your light, O God of grace.

Where suspicion and hatred, conflict and fear
have challenged your goodness,
give your light, O God of peace.

Eternal God,
open the eyes of the nations and peoples
so that they may walk in the light of love;
remove the ignorance and stubbornness
of nations and peoples
so that they may drink
from the fountains of your goodness.
Amen.

Prayer: “A Litany for the World” by John Bell, © WGRG, Iona Community, Scotland; Chalice Hymnal © 1995 Chalice Press, #664.

Monday,
May 24, 2021

May the love of the Father
enfold us,
the wisdom of the Son
enlighten us,
and the fire of the Spirit
kindle us;
and may the blessing
of the Lord God
come down upon us
and remain with us always.
Amen.

Blessing: The Worship Sourcebook, Second Edition © 2013, Faith Alive Christian Resources, page 718.

Sunday,
May 23, 2021

Today is Pentecost, the fiftieth day of Easter, and we ask God to send the Holy Spirit on the church, the earth, and all who are in need.

God of life,
we pray for the church
around the globe:
for the church in Africa,
we pray: Come, Holy Spirit!
for the church in Asia,
we pray: Come, Holy Spirit!
for the church in Australia
and all the islands,
we pray: Come, Holy Spirit!
for the church in Europe,
we pray, Come, Holy Spirit!
for the church in North,
and Central,
and South America,
we pray: Come, Holy Spirit!
for our own congregations
we pray: Come, Holy Spirit!
for Camp Calumet
and other outdoor ministry sites
we pray: Come, Holy Spirit!
and for all who search for you,
we pray: Come, Holy Spirit!
Amen.

For more prayers, music, scripture readings and a thought for the day for this Pentecost Sunday, please go to our worship blog at https://www.calumet.org/about/sundaymoments

Prayer: from Worship in the Home, ELCA Worship Blog (with additional petitions), May 23, 2021.

Saturday,
May 22, 2021

Holy God,
you spoke the world into being.
Pour your Spirit
to the ends of the earth,
that your children
may return from exile
as citizens of your commonwealth,
and our divisions may be healed
by your word of love
and righteousness.
Amen.

Prayer: From Revised Common Lectionary Prayers, Verse & Voice 05.21.21, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Friday,
May 21, 2021

You have come down
to the lakeshore
seeking neither
the wise nor the wealthy,
but only asking for me to follow.

Sweet Lord,
you have looked into my eyes;
kindly smiling,
you’ve called out my name.
On the sand
I have abandoned my small boat;
now with you,
I will seek other seas.
Amen.

Prayer: ELW #817, “You Have Come Down to the Lakeshore,” verse 1 & refrain; © 1979, Cesáreo Gabaráin, OCP Publications, One License 700246-A.

The Spanish composer-author, was a parish priest known for his work among youth. One of the most popular hymns to emerge for the 70’s revival of religious songs in Spain, this text has been translated into more than 80 languages. (from The New Century Hymnal)

Gabaráin’s obituary noted that he “would simply smile when guides in Palestine boasted that ‘Pescador de Hombres’ was composed along the shores of Lake Tiberias, when, in fact, it was written in Madrid. Gabaráin, himself, knew the lake well as he frequently accompanied groups of pilgrims to the Holy Land.” (from umcdiscipleship.org)

Thursday,
May 20, 2021

“Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you, who walk in the light of your presence, Lord.” Psalm 89:15 NIV

Lord Jesus,
you shall be my song as I journey;
I’ll tell everybody about you
wherever I go:
You alone are our life
and our peace and our love.
Lord Jesus,
you shall be my song as I journey.
Amen.

Text: ELW #808, verse 1; Lord Jesus, You Shall Be My Song (Jesus, je voudrais te chanter); Les Petites Soeurs de Jesus and L’Arche Community, translated by Stephen Somerville © 1970. One License 700246-A

Wednesday,
May 19, 2021

Loving God, we come to you trusting in your mercy and knowing that your steadfast love endures forever.

Look with mercy on those who are harmed or displaced by flood waters especially in Texas & Louisiana. Give them your strength to meet the days ahead, and give them your peace which passes all understanding. Move in those who are able to give aid, that we may be your hands and heart on earth. Be with all who offer assistance, may your Spirit may uphold them.

As you have made water a sign of your kingdom, and of cleansing and rebirth, grant your people vision to see new life on the other side of disaster. To you be given all honor and praise, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

Prayer: Adapted by JHS from “Prayer after a Flood” adapted by Pastor Kay Braun © Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Permission is granted to reproduce this material for local, non-sale use only.

Tuesday,
May 18, 2021

"All things bright and beautiful,
all creatures great and small,
all things wise and wonderful,
the Lord God made them all."

Creator God, we bring our doubts and fears, our joys and concerns, our petitions and praise, and offer them for the earth and all its creatures. Amen.

Hymn refrain: Cecil F. Alexander, 1818-1895; With One Voice #767.
Prayer: Adapted from Revised Common Lectionary Prayers; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; Verse & Voice 05.14.21

Monday,
May 17, 2021

God of our salvation,
you have restored us to life and
have brought us back again
into your love
by the triumphant death
and resurrection of Christ.
Continue to heal us
as we go to live and work
in the power of your Spirit,
in praise and glory.
Amen.

Blessing: Adapted from A New Zealand Prayer Book by The Worship Sourcebook, 2nd Edition © 2013, Faith Alive Resources, p. 659.

Sunday,
May 16, 2021

God Most High,
you have given us
life on this earth,
and you meet us
with the richness of your grace.
Crown us
with your greatest blessing,
the fullness of eternal life
in Jesus Christ,
our Savior and Lord.
Amen.

For worship resources including photos, prayers, scripture readings, a reflection for this 7th Sunday after Easter and music with a version of “Thy Word” by Calumet alums Connor Read & Kiersten Bjork, please go to our Sunday Moments worship blog at https://www.calumet.org/about/sundaymoments

Prayer: ELW Psalm Prayer 21, sundaysandseasons.com © 2021 Augsburg Fortress, Augsburg Fortress Liturgies Annual License #SAS006505

Saturday,
May 15, 2021

The Lord gives strength to the people;
The Lord blesses the people with peace.
~Adapted from Psalm 29:11

Gracious and holy God, we pray for peace among nations especially between Palestine and Israel. We pray for an end to violence. We pray for those who have lost their lives or have been injured. We pray for those working toward reconciliation. May your justice rule over all nations and may peace fill all hearts. In Christ we pray. Amen.

Prayer: Judy Smith

Friday,
May 14, 2021

Almighty God
to whom all hearts are open,
all desires known
and from whom
no secrets are hid:
cleanse the thoughts
of our hearts
by the inspiration
of your Holy Spirit
that we may perfectly love you
and worthily magnify
your holy name
through Jesus Christ
our Lord.
Amen.

Prayer: Prayer of preparation from Gregorian Sacramentary (6th century), alt.; ELW page 95.

Thursday,
May 13, 2021

Thus says the Lord God: "On the mountain height of Israel I will plant the sprig of a lofty cedar tree, that it may bear branches and produce fruit and become a noble cedar. And under it will dwell every kind of bird; in the shade of its branches birds of every sort will nest. And all the trees of the field shall know that I am the Lord.” (Adapted from Ezekiel 17:22-24a)

Creator God,
out of chaos
you brought order.
Out of nothingness
you brought life.
In the middle of all life
stands the tree.

Trees provide the air
that nurtures all your creation.
Birds make them their homes.
Cats climb them for protection.
Trees recycle life that has come before.

Bless the trees of this world,
loving God.
Remind us to serve
as their caregivers and protectors.
Give them long limbs and long life.
The gift of their breath
is as special to us
as the breath of the Holy Spirit.
Amen.

Prayer: “A Prayer for Trees” by Rev. Dr. Chuck Curie, June 29, 2008, https://chuckcurrie.blogs.com/.../06/a-prayer-for-tr.html

Wednesday,
May 12, 2021

“Let me hear what God the Lord will speak, for God will speak peace to the people. To the faithful, to those who turn to God in their hearts.” Adapted from Psalm 85:8

O God,
who seeks a listening ear
in this noisy world:
Whisper in my soul
your longing for my life.
Quiet me so I may hear
your desire for your creation.
Amen.

Prayer: Alive Now March/April 1995, page 18.

Tuesday,
May 11, 2021

The commandment
that we have from Christ Jesus
is that we love one another,
treating each other
as beloved brothers and sisters.

Abide in God’s eternal love.
Let its power and joy
penetrate your hearts and spirits,
preparing you
for new growth in the Spirit.
Amen.

Words of Assurance: https://www.ministrymatters.com/.../worship-connection...

Monday,
May 10, 2021

Keeping all lifeguards preparing to work in summer camps all over the world in our prayers.

Remember these words of Jesus
as you go out in the world this week:

“This is my commandment,
that you love one another
as I have loved you.”
Go in joy and faithfulness,
knowing that you,
abide in Jesus’ love
and bear the gift of this love
to the world.
Amen.

Blessing: Adapted from Rebecca Gaudino, John 15:12 https://www.ministrymatters.com/.../worship-elements-may...

Sunday,
May 9, 2021

God of songs and marvels,
old and new,
your powerful love for this world
continues to astound us.
In these last days of Easter,
we recall the love
that brought Jesus
into this world
and into our lives:
as savior, friend and brother.
We thank you for welcoming us
into your household
and for trusting us
with your marvelous work
to draw all people
into the spacious home
of your love. Amen.

Prayer: Based on today’s readings from Acts 10, Psalm 98, 1 John 5, & John 15, from https://www.ministrymatters.com/worship/entry/5925/worship-elements-may-9-2021

Saturday,
May 8, 2021

In you, Father all-mighty,
we have our preservation
and our bliss.
In you, Christ,
we have our restoring
and our saving.
You are our mother, brother,
and savior.
In you, our Lord the Holy Spirit,
is marvelous and plenteous grace.
You are our clothing;
for love you wrap us
and embrace us.
You are our maker, our keeper.
Teach us to believe
that by your grace
all shall be well,
and all shall be well,
and all manner of things shall be well.
Amen.

Prayer: A prayer of Julian of Norwich, Evangelical Lutheran Worship, page 67.

May 8 is the Commemoration of Julian of Norwich, renewer of the church, who died around 1416. When she was about thirty years old, Julian (or Juliana) reported visions that she later compiled into a book, Sixteen Revelations of Divine Love, now a classic of medieval mysticism. The visions declared that love was the meaning of religious experience, provided by Christ who is love, for the purpose of love. (Sundays and Seasons)

Friday,
May 7, 2021

Open our hearts
to your power
moving around us
and between us
and within us,
until your glory
is revealed in our love
of both friend and enemy,
in communities transformed
by justice and compassion,
and in the healing
of all that is broken.
Amen.

Prayer: From Revised Common Lectionary Prayers, Verse & Voice 05.05.21, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Thursday,
May 6, 2021

Lord God,
you have declared
that your kingdom is among us.
Open our ears to hear it,
our hands to serve it,
our hearts to hold it.
This we pray in Jesus’ name.
Amen.

Prayer: From Morning Liturgy A, A Wee Worship Book: Fourth Incarnation, © Wild Goose Resource Group, GIA Publications, p. 17.

Wednesday,
May 5, 2021

Mighty and merciful God,
lover of justice and equity,
you call us to support the weak,
to help those who suffer,
and to honor all people.
By the power of your Holy Spirit,
make us advocates for your justice
and instruments of your peace,
so that all may be reconciled
in your beloved community;
through Jesus Christ our Savior.
Amen.

Prayer: From All Creation Sings, page 47, Augsburg Fortress, One License A-700246.

Tuesday,
May 4, 2021

For the beauty of the earth,
for the beauty of the skies,
for the love which from our birth
over and around us lies:
God of all
to you we raise
this our sacrifice of praise.

For the wonder of each hour
of the day and of the night,
hill and vale,
and tree and flower,
sun and moon,
and stars of light.
God of all,
to you we raise
this our sacrifice of praise.
Amen.

Hymn text: Folliott S. Pierpont, 1835-1917, author of many hymns, penned these verses near his native city of Bath, England, on a late spring day when flowers were near full bloom and all the earth seemed to rejoice. (Notes from The New Century Hymnal)

Monday,
May 3, 2021

Go forth this week as trees—-
strong and healthy!
Rooted and grounded
in God’s Word.
Nurtured by God’s Grace.
Watered and enabled
by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Blown and bent
by enough distress
to make you strong.
God bless your going.
Amen.

Blessing: Adapted from “Invocations and Benedictions for the Revised Common Lectionary “ by John Drescher, 1998, Abington Press, p. 78.

Sunday,
May 2, 2021

Jesus says, “Abide in me as I abide in you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in me.” John 15:4

Sacred Word,
speak to us today.
Give us life,
give us peace,
and guide us ever onwards
toward the day
we may see your perfect will
done on earth.
Amen.

Prayer: The Daily Texts, https://www.moravian.org/.../prayers-for-the-5th-sunday.../

Saturday,
May 1, 2021

“Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God” I John 4:7

Gracious God, we remember in prayer the people of India who are experiencing grave illness and death with Covid-19. Surround and protect the sick with your care, strengthen caregivers, and console those experiencing loss. We pray for your healing grace for India and for the whole world. Amen.

Prayer: JHS

Friday,
April 30, 2021

Eternal God,
restore health to the sick
and life to the dead.
Give us a voice,
your own voice,
to cry out to you
for mercy for the world.
You, light, give us light.
You, wisdom, give us wisdom.
You, supreme strength,
strengthen us.
Amen.

“Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire.” ― St. Catherine of Siena

Yesterday was the Commemoration Day (April 29) for Catherine of Siena who died in 1380. She was the first woman among Roman Catholics to receive the title "Doctor [teacher] of the Church." Catherine was a Dominican sister known for her mystical visions as well as her work on behalf of people who were poor and imprisoned. (Sundays and Seasons)

Prayer: St. Catherine of Siena, Evangelical Lutheran Worship, page 87.

Thursday,
April 29, 2021

How good and pleasant it is
when God’s people live together in unity!
(Psalm 133:1 NIV)

Make us worthy, Lord,
to serve our siblings
throughout the world,
who live and die
in poverty and pain.
Give them today,
through our hands,
their daily bread
and through our understanding love,
give peace and joy.
Amen.

Prayer: Mother Teresa of Calcutta (1910-1997)

Wednesday,
April 28, 2021

Give me strength
to meet each day with quiet will.
Give me faith
to know you are my shepherd still.
Give me light
to find my way when shadows fall.
Be my steady guiding star,
Father of all.
Amen.

Prayer: Prayer from Israel, “A World of Prayers” selected by Jeremy Brooks, © 2006 Eerdman’s Books for Young Readers, p. 6.

Tuesday,
April 27, 2021

"So then we pursue the things which make for peace and the building up of one another." Romans 14:19 (NASB)

We profess to be people of peace,
Lord, but keep us
from the temptation
to proclaim peace
when there is no peace.
Show us today
where peace is most needed
in our community and in our world.
Show us which of us
must plant the seeds of peace,
which of us must water them,
and which of us must yet
become gardeners of your peace.
Amen.

Prayer: Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals, Claiborne, Wilson-Hartgrove & Okoro, © 2010 Zondervan, page 255.

Monday,
April 26, 2021

The Good Shepherd
leads us forward this week,
into the world,
whether in person or remotely,
to serve God’s people,
and to witness to God’s love
in all that we do.
Go in peace
and know God’s peace
goes with you.
Amen.

Blessing: Adapted greatly from the Worship Connection benediction for April 25, 2021, www.ministrymatters.com

Sunday,
April 25, 2021

You, Lord, are my shepherd.
I will never be in need.
You let me rest in fields
of green grass.
You lead me to streams
of peaceful water,
and you refresh my life.
You are true to your name,
and you lead me
along the right paths.
I may walk through valleys
as dark as death,
but I won’t be afraid.
You are with me,
and your shepherd’s rod
makes me feel safe.
You treat me to a feast,
while my enemies watch.
You honor me as your guest,
and you fill my cup
until it overflows.
Your kindness and love
will always be with me
each day of my life,
and I will live forever
in your house, Lord.
Amen.

Prayer: Psalm 23, Contemporary English Version (CEV) © 1995 by American Bible Society.

Saturday,
April 24, 2021

See my hands and feet,” said Jesus,
love arisen from the grave.
“Be my hands and feet,” said Jesus,
“live as ones I came to save.”

Feed the hungry, clothe the naked,
visit ones in need of care,
give the homeless warmth and shelter:
Christ will find a welcome there.

Love and serve without distinction
all earth's people, first and least.
Know within each act of kindness
hope and wholeness are increased.

Text: Refrain and verses 2 & 3 from “Touch That Soothes and Heals” by Mary Louise Bringle © 2002 GIA Publications, Inc., One License #700246. From the new ELCA worship supplement hymnal, “All Creation Sings” #939. To listen to all the verses of this Easter hymn: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X5vDgtd3aJM

Friday,
April 23, 2021

We give thanks and glory to God
for the blessings and mysteries
of creation,
entrusted to us
to sustain and enrich all generations.
We pray that God will make us wise,
generous and responsible stewards
of nature and Earth’s resources
for the glory of our Creator
and the well-being of our neighbor.
Amen.

Prayer: ELCA Prayer Ventures ~ April 2021; this resource may be copied and shared among members and friends of the congregations of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Earth Day,
April 22, 2021

God of rain and sun, of land and sea: we praise you for the most generous gifts of life.

In the crunch of leaves underfoot in fall, in the smallest bulb which bursts through the soil in spring: on these days, our offering of praise comes easily.

In the trying moments, when the shivering cold bites in winter, when the scorching sun burns in the summer, we pray that we may still offer you praise for your goodness.

Let our praise and thanksgiving be unceasing. Let our praise move us to action. God of all, grant us the courage and strength to engage in the necessary hard work of change and care for our earth, for our brothers, sisters and siblings and for your name’s sake.
Amen.

Prayers:Adapted from https://www.chausa.org/.../2021-earth-day-prayer-service

Wednesday,
April 21, 2021

What does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? (Micah 6:8 NRSV)

Lord,
grant us the ability
to think with your mind,
to hear with your eyes,
to speak with your mouth,
to walk with your feet,
to love with your heart.
We ask this
through Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Prayer: Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals by Clairborne, Wilson-Hartgrove & Okoro © 2010 Zondervan, page 361.

Tuesday,
April 20, 2021

Healer of our ev'ry ill,
light of each tomorrow,
give us peace
beyond our fear,
and hope beyond our sorrow.

You who know
our fears and sadness,
grace us
with your peace and gladness;
Spirit of all comfort:
fill our hearts.

You who know
each thought and feeling,
teach us all
your way of healing;
Spirit of compassion:
fill each heart.
Amen.

Prayer: from “Healer of Our Ev’ry Ill”, refrain and verses 1 & 4, Marty Haugen © 1987 GIA Publications, Inc., One License A-700246, (ELW #612).

Monday,
April 19, 2021

Come, Lord Jesus,
bring your everlasting serenity,
not like the world gives,
but as you give,
into our hearts, our homes,
our neighborhoods,
and to the ends of the earth
today and everyday.
Amen.

Prayer: Adapted from a prayer by Melissa R. Meyers (“Alive Now” November/December 2013, p. 48.)

Sunday,
April 18, 2021

Lord of every pilgrim heart,
you are beside me
and before me on the way,
surprising me
through your Spirit
at every turning in the path.
Yet, like your disciples
on the Emmaus road,
I often fail
to recognize my companion.
In this morning hour,
and in whatever the day may hold,
open my eyes
to see your presence,
that I may celebrate with you
the gift of the morning,
O Lord of the unexpected.
Amen.

Prayer: from An IONA Prayer Book compiled by Peter W. Millar, Canterbury Press, p. 59.

Saturday,
April 17, 2021

Touch that soothes
and heals the hurting,
hands that break a loaf of bread;
steps that walk beside the weary,
bearing burdens in their stead:

Refrain:
"See my hands and feet,"
said Jesus,
love arisen from the grave.
"Be my hands and feet,"
said Jesus,
"live as ones I died to save."

Love and serve without distinction
all earth's people, first and least.
Know within each act of kindness
hope and wholeness are increased.

Hands that beckon little children,
bind a wound, prepare a meal,
feet that rush to share good tidings,
Christ arisen, still reveal.

(This hymn text refrain brings to life the Gospel reading from last Sunday, John 20:19-31 and tomorrow’s Gospel reading, Luke 24:36b-48 when Jesus makes himself known to the disciples after the resurrection.)

Text: Verses 1, 3 & 4 and refrain from the hymn “Touch That Soothes and Heals” by Mary Louise Bringle © 2002 GIA Publications, Inc., One License #700246. (All Creation Sings Worship Supplement #939)

Friday,
April 16, 2021

So then let us pursue the things which make for peace and the building up of one another. (Romans 14:19 NASB)

As we wake today
with news of more violence and death,
we continue to pray
for your peace in our broken world.
Let us be instruments of peace,
compassionate and loving God,
and empower us with strength
to be your agents of change.
Through Christ we pray,
Amen.

Prayer: Judy Smith

Thursday,
April 15, 2021

Gracious God,
by water and the Word
you made us living members
of the living Christ.
You broke death’s fearful hold
and raised us to Easter life.
Continue to strengthen us
with your Holy Spirit,
and daily increase in us
your gifts of grace until,
in the blazing joy
of your presence,
we live with you,
God the Three in One,
forever.
Amen.

Prayer: “Hymns of Community” by Susan Briehl, from Sing the Faith series © 2003 Augsburg Fortress, p. 8.

Wednesday,
April 14, 2021

Jesus came and stood among them and said, "Peace be with you." After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, "Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you." (John 20:19b-21 NRSV)

Longing for peace,
our world is troubled.
Longing for hope,
many despair.
Your word alone
has power to save us.
Make us your living voice.
Amen.

Prayer: ELW #715, Verse 2 of the hymn “Christ, Be Our Light” © 1993 Bernadette Farrell, OCP Publications, One License #A-700246.

Tuesday,
April 13, 2021

Christ of the cross
and of the empty tomb,
strengthen us
to bear the burdens of the day,
to seek you
amid the hurts and questions,
and to trust you for mercy
enough for this day.
Amen.

Loving God,
teach us to order
the desires of our hearts
according to the call
to do justice,
love kindness,
and walk humbly with you.
Amen.

Prayers: Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals © 2010 Zondavan, pages 251 and 250.

Monday,
April 12, 2021

O God,
you form all humanity
to bear your divine image,
and you intend for everyone
to live together
in harmonious dignity.

We pray for all people,
whether ourselves or others,
who suffer the cruelties
of racial or ethnic prejudice.
Grant your Spirit of power
to all who are oppressed.
Give healing to victims of violence,
protection to the vulnerable and abused,
better housing and worthy employment
to the mistreated,
courage to the fearful,
a remedy for rage,
strength to parents and caregivers,
and hope to children and youth.

Purge the privileged
of their sense of superiority,
and lead church and society
to foster communities
of equity and diversity;
through Jesus Christ,
our loving Savior.
Amen.

Prayer: All Creation Sings Worship Supplement, (Prayers, Thanksgivings and Laments section) © 2020 Augsburg Fortress, p. 50. Augsburg Fortress Liturgies Annual License #SAS006505.

Sunday,
April 11, 2021

Christ,
who stood among the disciples,
showing them your hands and feet
to take away their doubts,
we welcome you.

Christ,
who spoke to the disciples,
opening their minds
to reveal God’s promise,
we welcome you.

You,
who stand among us,
meet with us, speak to us,
have mercy on us.
Amen.

For more prayers, scripture readings, music with a song offered by Andie & Rich Carroll (Calumet alums), and a thought for this day, please go to our worship blog at: https://www.calumet.org/about/sundaymoments

Prayer: Francis Brienen from An IONA Prayer Book compiled by Peter W. Millar, Canterbury Press, p. 12.

Saturday,
April 10, 2021

When the path is simple,
peace.
When the way is complicated,
peace.
May Christ not only show you
the way
but also be the way you travel:
way of blessing, way of peace.
Amen.

Prayer: Jan L. Richardson, "In the Sanctuary of Women: A Companion for Reflection and Prayer" © 2010. (Alive Now Nov/Dec 2013, p. 24.)

Friday,
April 9, 2021

We give you thanks, great God,
for the hope we have in Jesus,
who died
but is risen and rules over all.
We praise you
for his presence with us.
Because he lives,
we look for eternal life,
knowing that nothing past,
present, or yet to come
can separate us
from your great love
made known in Jesus Christ,
our Lord.
Amen.

Prayer: Reprinted by permission from “The Worship Sourcebook, 2nd Edition” © 2013 Faith Alive Christian Resources, p. 636.

Thursday,
April 8, 2021

Risen Lord Jesus,
give us your blessing:
Help us to bring peace
in our world’s strife.
Death has been conquered-
you are the victor!
Come and transform us-
give us new life.
Amen.

(May be sung to “Bunessan”, the tune for Morning Has Broken.)

Prayer: Jan Chamberlin, from the book “Gifts in Open Hands by Marne Tirabassi and Kathy Wonson Eddy, © 2011 The Pilgrim Press, p. 87.

Wednesday,
April 7, 2021

God of openness and new life,
in this Easter season,
remove me from the tombs
of doubt and despair,
turn me from dead ends
and shattered dreams,
and lead me to new hope
and a bright tomorrow.
Walk with me
down uncharted roads
and ordinary paths,
always leading me to a deeper trust
and more faithful service.
I open my heart to your Easter joy.
Amen.

Prayer: Rev. Larry J. Peacock, Openings: A Daybook of Saints, Sages, Psalms and Prayer Practices, 2nd Edition, © 2014, Skylight Paths, p. 95.

Tuesday,
April 6, 2021

Jesus,
you are the King of Glory
and the King of Creation.
Teach us to recognize
the ways of your kingdom that we might participate
as faithful and devout residents
in the space between a broken world
and the coming kingdom of God.
Amen.

Prayer: Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals © 2010 by the Simple Way and School for Conversion, p. 228.

Monday,
April 5, 2021

Everlasting God,
the whole universe
sings a song of praise:
the rivers clap their hands,
the hills ring out for joy.
As you have raised us
to new life in Christ,
give us voices
ready to cry out for justice
and proclaim resurrection joy
wherever your Spirit leads us.
In Jesus’ name we boldly pray.
Amen.

Prayer: Sundays and Seasons, Cycle B, 2009, p. 172, Augsburg Fortress Liturgies License SAS006505.

Easter Sunday,
April 4, 2021

Now all the vault of heaven responds
in praise of love that still abounds:
“Christ has triumphed!
He is living!”
Sing, choirs of angels loud and clear!
Repeat their song of glory here:
“Christ has triumphed!
He is living!”
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

Hymn text: Paul Z. Strodach, 1876-1947, © 1958 Service Book and Hymnal, Augsburg Fortress Liturgies License SAS006505; ELW #367.



Holy Saturday,
April 3, 2021

O God, creator of heaven and earth:
grant that,
as the crucified body of your dear Son
was laid in the tomb
and rested on this holy Sabbath,
so we await with him
the coming of the third day,
and rise with him to newness of life;
and who now lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.
Amen.

God, our help and comfort,
accompany our nation
in these days of violence and loss of life
yesterday in our nation’s capitol
and last night in North Carolina.
Assure us of your unfailing presence
and guide us by your wisdom.
We pray in the name of Jesus Christ,
our Savior and Lord.
Amen.

Prayers: 1. The Book of Common Prayer, p. 283, Sundays & Seasons Year B 2009, p. 150. 2. Adapted from Prayers for Civic Distress, All Creation Sings, p. 49. Augsburg Fortress Liturgies License SAS006505.


Look for a Calumet Easter Vigil Video for Saturday Night to be posted this afternoon on our Facebook Page. This Easter Vigil Service Video may be found now on our Calumet YouTube Channel BoomChickaTube. Folks from all across Calumet Nation participated in this evening service of light, music, stories and prayers to begin the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Good Friday,
April 2, 2021

Were you there
when they crucified my Lord?
Were you there
when they crucified my Lord?
Oh, sometimes it causes me
to tremble, tremble, tremble.
Were you there
when they crucified my Lord?

Were you there
when they nailed him to the tree?
Were you there
when they nailed him to the tree?
Oh, sometimes it causes me
to tremble, tremble, tremble.
Were you there
when they nailed him to the tree?

Were you there
when they pierced him in the side?
Were you there
when they pierced him in the side?
Oh, sometimes it causes me
to tremble, tremble, tremble.
Were you there
when they pierced him in the side?

Were you there
when the sun refused to shine?
Were you there
when the sun refused to shine?
Oh, sometimes it causes me
to tremble, tremble, tremble.
Were you there
when the sun refused to shine?

Were you there
when they laid him in the tomb?
Were you there
when they laid him in the tomb?
Oh, sometimes it causes me
to tremble, tremble, tremble.
Were you there
when they laid him in the tomb?

Text: African American spiritual, a song of sorrow, ELW #353.

Maundy THursday,
April 1, 2021

Christ at table there with friends
sharing bread and wine, and then
speaking words of mystery:
Thus remember me,
thus remember me.”

In the garden Jesus bows.
Harsh the cry that rises now:
“Father, some way let it be!
Take this cup from me,
take this cup from me!”

“Yet, your will. Not mine, be done.
For this purpose I am come.
Thus to make all people new
I take this cup from you,
I take this cup from you.”

At our table Jesus stands,
Word of God with nail-scarred hands.
“Come, receive the mystery.
Take this cup from me,
take this cup from me.”

Anabel Miller, born in China of American missionary parents, wrote this poem during Lent in 1982. Ten years later, she shared it with composer Emma Lou Diemer, who served as organist at her Presbyterian church in California. Diemer recognized its potential as a hymn text, and supplied the musical setting.

New Century Hymnal #227: Words ©1994 Anabel Schlosser Miller and Music ©1994 Emma Lou Diemer

Wednesday in Holy Week,
March 31, 2021

What wondrous love is this,
O my soul, O my soul!
What wondrous love is this,
O my soul, O my soul!
What wondrous love is this
that caused the Lord of bliss
to bear the dreadful curse for my soul,
for my soul,
to bear the dreadful curse for my soul.

When I was sinking down,
sinking down, sinking down,
when I was sinking down,
sinking down, sinking down,
when I was sinking down
beneath God’s righteous frown,
Christ laid aside his crown for my soul,
for my soul,
Christ laid aside his crown for my soul.

And when from death I’m free,
I’ll sing on, I’ll sing on,
and when from death I’m free,
I’ll sing on, I’ll sing on;
and when from death I’m free,
I’ll sing God’s love for me,
and through eternity I’ll sing on,
I’ll sing on;
and through eternity I’ll sing on.

Text: This anonymous North American folk hymn has appeared in many versions. The melody WONDROUS LOVE was included in one of the most important 19th century American tune books called Southern Harmony compiled by William Walker in 1835.

Tuesday in Holy Week,
March 30, 2021

As we continue to plead for justice and ask for healing, let us pray,

Lord Jesus,
you have called us to follow you.
Grant that our love may not grow cold
in your service,
and that we may not fail or deny you
in the time of trial,
for you live and reign
with the Father and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.
Amen.

Prayer: Prayer for Tuesday in Holy Week, Evangelical Lutheran Worship, p. 30, Augsburg Liturgies License SAS006505.

Monday in Holy Week,
March 29, 2021

Holy Week Blessing for Monday, March 29, 2021:

And so it begins,
we walk through this week
from palms now to passion, it’s Jesus we seek.
Each moment we walk
through these days now with Jesus,
is time to see people,
the way Jesus…sees us.

To watch for the ones,
who need hope, who need kindness.
Seeking the light,
not the darkness that blinds us.
As you walk through these days,
may the love you now know
be spread to each person
you meet on the go.

And may God who now blesses
and keeps you in love;
Whose face shines upon you
with grace from above;
Who looks on you
with such joy and such favor,
This God, three in One (+)
gives you peace - life to savor.
Amen!

Prayer: First Lutheran Church, St. Paul, Minnesota http://www.eastsidefirst.com/.../a-palm-sunday-blessing...

Palm Sunday,
March 28, 2021

All glory, laud, and honor
to you, redeemer, king,
to whom the lips of children
made sweet hosannas ring.

You are the king of Israel
and David's royal Son,
now in the Lord's name coming,
our King and Blessed One.

The multitude of pilgrims
with palms before you went;
our praise and prayer and anthems
before you we present.

To you, before your passion,
they sang their hymns of praise.
To you, now high exalted,
our melody we raise.

Their praises you accepted;
accept the prayers we bring,
great author of all goodness,
O good and gracious King.
Amen.

Text: ELW #344, a Palm Sunday hymn, based on Matthew 21:1–11 marking the occasion of Christ's triumphal entry into Jerusalem; Latin hymn written in 820 by Theodulph of Orleans, 760-821, Bishop of Orléans under Charlemagne; English translation by John Mason Neale, 1818-1866, an Anglican Churchman.

Saturday,
March 27, 2021

Lord of all life,
when we cannot see
the beauty of your creation,
open our eyes,
that all living things thrive and grow.

When we neglect the poor,
the sick, and the grieving,
open our hands
to do your work in the world.

When we ignore the cries of injustice
in our midst,
open our ears,
that all will know your love.

When we are hardened
against our neighbor,
open our hearts
and heal our resentment.

When we are closed
to the grace you long to give us,
open our lives
and turn us to follow
in the way of the cross.
Amen.

Prayer: “Midweek Lenten Series: Open My Life, Lord” Week 5, Sundays and Seasons © 2021 Augsburg Fortress, Augsburg Liturgies License SAS006505.

Friday,
March 26, 2021

Almighty and ever living God,
we pray for the communities
recovering from destructive storms
in our Southeastern states.
We pray for those who have suffered
injury, damage or loss
and ask that you would comfort them
with your healing love.
Guard those who yet remain
in harm's way today.
Help us always to place our hope,
our fears, and our trust in you,
for in you alone is life;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Prayer: Adapted from Prayer Book for the Hurricane & Tornado Seasons: Litanies, Liturgies & Prayers by The Rev. Thomas L. Weitzel. http://www.liturgybytlw.com/OccChs/Hurrican.html

Thursday,
March 25, 2021

Open our ears, Lord,
to heed your will for our lives.
Help us not only to hear,
but to listen and understand
with our hearts.
In Jesus’ name we pray.
Amen.

As children, we hear:
Don’t touch! Slow down!
As teenagers, we hear:
Your curfew begins in an hour.
As adults, we hear:
Cash or credit?
In the water and the word, we hear:
You are loved, my precious child.

Prayer & Dialogue: “Midweek Lenten Series: Open My Life, Lord” Week 3, Sundays and Seasons © 2021 Augsburg Fortress, Augsburg Liturgies License SAS006505.

Wednesday,
March 24, 2021

Open our hands, Lord,
to reach out to a world in need.
May our arms enfold those who sorrow,
our palms bear mercy and grace,
and our fingers point to your love.
In Jesus’ name we pray.
Amen.

We use our hands to pick up a child, to serve a meal, to play an instrument, to wipe away a tear. Jesus used his hands for healing and for deeds of great power. Give thanks for the many hands of your own community who open their hands in service to others.

Prayer: “Midweek Lenten Series: Open My Life, Lord” Week 2, Sundays and Seasons © 2021 Augsburg Fortress, Augsburg Liturgies License SAS006505.

Tuesday,
March 23, 2021

Gracious God,
the news of this day from Colorado,
less than a week
after the violence in Georgia,
has ripped our hearts and torn our souls.
In the depths of pain and anger,
we pray to you,
O God, our rock and our refuge.
You are our only comfort.
You are our only hope.

Merciful God, be with these families
as they begun to mourn.
Continue to comfort all families
mourning the loss of loved ones.
And let there be peace on earth.
In the name of Jesus Christ, our Savior,
we pray.
Amen.

Prayer: Adapted greatly from the opening prayer in “Service after a Violent Event,” All Creation Sings Worship Supplement © 2021 Augsburg Fortress, page 64. All rights reserved. Augsburg Liturgies License SAS006505.

Monday,
March 22, 2021

Open our eyes, Lord,
to perceive your desire
for the world.
Remove those things
that block our vision
and widen our gaze
to encompass all
you would have us see.
In Jesus’ name we pray.
Amen.

As individuals and communities, what do we have difficulty seeing? How does our perspective change when we view the world through the eyes of Christ?

Prayer: “Midweek Lenten Series: Open My Life, Lord”, Week 1, Sundays and Seasons © 2021 Augsburg Fortress, Augsburg Liturgies License SAS006505.

Sunday,
March 21, 2021

O God of all,
with wonderful diversity
of languages and cultures
you created all people in your own image.
Free us from prejudice and fear,
that we may see your face
in the faces of our Asian siblings
and people around the world,
through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.
Amen.

Prayer: ELCA Facebook page, March 19, 2021. Adapted from ELW Occasional Services, page 398.

Saturday,
March 20, 2021

As frozen ground thaws,
gentle God,
also soften my hard attitudes
and melt my cold heart.
Ready me for new life.
Tender my soul
for the arrival of spring.
Let Easter happen in me
and all around me.
Warm my expectations
and make me ready
for what you have prepared
as I deepen my prayer
and my walk with you.
Amen.

Prayer: Rev. Larry J. Peacock, “Openings: A Daybook of Saints, Sages, Psalms and Prayer Practices, © 2014 Skylight Publishing, page 63.

Friday,
March 19, 2021

As we continue to remember those who are victims of racial violence and for those affected by the pandemic in so many ways, we pray:

Eternal God,
amid all the turmoil
and changes of the world
your love is steadfast
and your strength never fails.
In this time of danger and trouble
be to us a sure guardian
and rock of defense.
Guide the leaders of our nation
with your wisdom,
comfort those in distress,
and grant us courage and hope
to face the future;
through Jesus Christ,
our Savior and Lord.
Amen.

Prayer: Evangelical Lutheran Worship, p. 76, Augsburg Fortress Liturgies License SAS006505.

Thursday,
March 18, 2021

Merciful Lord,
protect those in the path of danger.
Grant peace and reassurance
to all those affected
by storms and tornadoes.
May your comfort ease their anxiety
and give them strength.
Amen.

Prayer: Lutheran Disaster Relief, www.elca.org/LDR

Wednesday,
March 17, 2021

Gracious God, by day and night
we pour out our prayer to you.
We are crying out for justice,
yearning for what is right,
longing for your peace.
We weep for the shooting victims
in Georgia last night.
We pray for an end
to racial hate crimes.
Come quickly to help us, O God;
save those who call upon your name.
Amen.
(Adapted from All Creation Sings, Prayer for Lament, p. 61, Augsburg Fortress Liturgies License SAS006505.)

Christ be with me,
Christ before me,
Christ behind me,
Christ in me,
Christ beneath me,
Christ above me,
Christ on my right,
Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down,
Christ when I sit down,
Christ when I arise.
Amen.
( St Patrick’s Breastplate, is an Old Irish prayer of protection of the "lorica" type attributed to Saint Patrick.)

Today is the commemoration of Patrick, bishop, missionary to Ireland, who died 461. A native of Britain, Patrick was kidnapped by pirates at age sixteen and sold into slavery in Ireland. After a few years, he escaped, returned home, and entered the ministry. Returning to Ireland, he successfully served as a bishop and missionary there. (Sundays and Seasons)

Tuesday,
March 16, 2021

God of all seasons,
in your pattern of things
there is a time for keeping
and a time for losing,
a time for building up
and a time for pulling down.

In this season of Lent
as we journey to the cross,
help us to discern in our lives
what we must lay down
and what we must take up,
what we must end
and what we must begin.

Give us grace
to lead a disciplined life,
in glad faithfulness
and with the joy that comes
with a closer walk with Christ.
Amen.

Prayer: The Book of Common Order for the Church of Scotland, Saint Andrew Press © 1994, Panel on Worship of the Church of Scotland, p. 431-432.

Monday,
March 15, 2021

Dear Lord Jesus,
your family on earth
knew the life of refugees
when they fled Egypt.
Bless all who seek refuge on this earth.
Meet their needs for safety and for home.
Move the hearts of your people
to show them welcome.
Cause wars to cease
and bring justice to the nations
In your great mercy, we pray.
Amen.

Prayer: Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, www.lirs.org/prayers-immigrants-refugees

Sunday,
March 14, 2021

As the sun with longer journey
melts the winter’s snow and ice,
with its slowly growing radiance
warms the seed beneath the earth,
may the sun of Christ’s uprising
gently bring our hearts to life.

Through the days of waiting, watching,
in the desert of our sin,
searching on the far horizon
for a sign of cloud or wind,
we await the healing waters
of our Savior’s victory.

Praise be given to the maker
of the seasons’ yearly round:
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit –
Source, Sustainer, Lord of life,
as the ever turning ages
roll to their eternal rest.

Prayer: Lenten hymn ELW #329, “As the Sun with Longer Journey” by John Patrick Earls © 1981 Order of Saint Benedict, Liturgical Press, One License A-700246.

Saturday,
March 13. 2021

Lord Jesus,
you shall be my song as I journey;
I’ll tell everybody about you
wherever I go:
You alone are our life
and our peace and our love.
Lord Jesus,
you shall be my song as I journey.

Lord Jesus,
I’ll praise you as long as I journey;
May all of my joy
be a faithful reflection of you.
May the earth and the sea and the sky
join my song.
Lord Jesus,
I’ll praise you as long as I journey.
Amen.

Prayer: Text by Les Petites Soeurs de Jesus and L’Arche Community © 1970 translation by Stephen Somervile; ELW #808, verses 1 & 2, used with permission, One License #A-700246.



Friday,
March 12, 2021

Lord,
help us to see that our well-being
is inextricably bound
to the well-being of our neighbor.
Our sorrows are shared.
Our longings are shared.
Our fears are shared.
Enable us to share compassion,
patience, and courage today.
Amen.

Prayer: Zondervan: Claiborne, Wilson-Hartgrove & Okoro, Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2010), p. 252.

Thursday,
March 11, 2021

God,
you are with us all the time.
All the time you are with us.

Today we remember.
We remember
how things used to be.
We remember how many things
we have gone through.
We remember things we missed
and people we lost.

Today we hope.
We hope for healing.
We hope for vaccines.
We hope for wisdom.

Today we share.
We share smiles with one another.
We share our joys and our sorrows.
We share our dreams for the future.
Amen.

Prayer: “A Prayer Marking One Year of Pandemic Life for All Ages” by Traci Smith, used by permission www.traci-smith.com
Photo: Late winter view of snow covered Ossipee Lake & the Boathouse, mid-afternoon, March 7, 2021 by JHS.

Wednesday,
March 10, 2021

O God of justice, miracles, and mighty deeds, we lift up to you those who have been silenced by hardship, affliction, and injustice. Forgive us for not speaking up for the least among us. We confess that we have not exercised our influence and position to change things. Grant us the courage to be agents of change and instruments of justice. Empower us with the will and the desire to see your kingdom manifest on earth as it is already done in heaven. In Jesus’ name, we pray, Amen.

Prayer: Junius Dotson, The Africana Worship Book, For Year B, Valerie Bridgeman Davis, PhD and Safiyah Fosua, eds., (Discipleship Resources, 2007), 156.
Photo: GC12, Naomi, GIrls' Senior End Cabin, March 7, 2021 by JHS.

Commemoration Day, March 10:
Harriet Tubman, died 1913;
Sojourner Truth, died 1883;
renewers of society

Harriet Tubman, born into slavery, helped about 300 others to escape slavery until the institution was abolished. Sojourner Truth, whose birth name was Isabella, was freed after slavery was abolished, and discerned a call to be a preacher. Taking the name Sojourner Truth, she set out on an evangelistic journey, where people found her testimony to be deeply moving. (sundaysandseasons.com)

Tuesday,
March 9, 2021

Mender of division,
you sent Christ to heal the world
and to gather those on the margins.
Bring your healing power to us.
May we extend
your power and grace
to those separated
from their communities
and those longing
for a tangible sign of your love.
In Jesus’ name we pray.
Amen.

Prayer: “Created for Community: A Midweek Service for Lent”, sundaysandseasons.com, Augsburg Fortress Liturgies License SAS006505.

Photo: Conference Center Dining Room “I am the Light of the World” Quilt based on designs by Angela Madden & Judy Mathieson and made by Maureen Anderson and Cyndi Meaney, 1999.

Monday,
March 8, 2021

Creator God,
we celebrate this month
the women in our lives and histories.
Thank you for our mothers, daughters,
siblings, friends, neighbors and leaders.
May women across the globe
be empowered by your great love.
Amen.

May we, inspired by God’s grace
and the faithful women in our lives,
go forth into the world,
ready to serve,
ready to listen,
ready to answer God’s call.
Amen.

Prayers: Adapted from https://www.xavier.edu/jes.../online-resources/prayer-index/ and https://www.faithward.org/worship-resources-celebrating.../

Photos: Winter Views of Girls’ Senior End cabins and Girls’ Junior End cabins, March 7, 2021 by JHS.

Sunday,
March 7, 2021

Confession and Words of Assurance

Fountain of living water,
pour out your mercy over us.
Our sin is heavy,
and we long to be free.
Rebuild what we have ruined
and mend what we have torn.
Wash us in your cleansing flood.
Make us alive in the Spirit
to follow in the way of Jesus,
as healers and restorers
of the world you so love.
Amen.

Beloved,
God’s word never fails.
The promise rests on grace:
by the saving love of Jesus Christ,
the wisdom and power of God,
your sins are ☩ forgiven,
and God remembers them no more.
Journey in the way of Jesus.
Amen.

Prayer: Sundays and Seasons worship texts for Sunday, March 7, 2021, Augsburg Fortress Liturgies License SAS006505.

Photo: March 3, 2021 view of Ossipee Lake with summer sign, “Swimming Section is Located at Family Camping Beach Only. Thank You” and winter warning sign, “Please Stay of the Ice”. Photo courtesy of John Junkins.

Saturday,
March 6, 2021

You have come down to the lakeshore
seeking neither
the wise nor the wealthy,
but only asking for me to follow.

You need my hands, my exhaustion,
working love
for the rest of the weary:
a love that’s willing to go on loving.

Sweet Lord,
you have looked into my eyes;
kindly smiling
you’ve called out my name.
On the sand
I have abandoned my small boat;
now with you,
I will seek other seas.
Amen.

Text: ELW #817, “You Have Come Down to the Lakeshore”, verses 1 & 3, by Cesareo Gabarain © 1979 OCP Publications, One License #A-700246.
Photo: All season lifeboat on the Johnson Hall porch on Ossipee Lake, Winter 2021. Photo courtesy of Adrien Groleau.


Hymn background:
Monseñor Cesáreo Gabaráin (1936-1991) was one of the best-known composers of Spanish liturgical music following the reforms of the Second Vatican Council (1962-65). He was inspired by the feelings and actions of the humble people he met during his ministry.

“Pescador de Hombres” (“Fisher of Men”), the original Spanish title, is one of his most popular hymns. Written in 1979, “Tú has venido a la orilla” (the Spanish opening line) is based on the parallel passages found in the synoptic gospels on Jesus’ calling of his first disciples (Matthew 4:18-20; Mark 1:16-20; Luke 5:1-11).

This hymn was used in the 1993 movie Alive, based on a book about the survivors of the Andes plane crash in 1972.
(Adapted from Discipleship MInistries/History of Hymns.)

Friday,
March 5, 202

Neighbor to all people,
you call us into human communities
to serve and be served by one another.
Open our hearts
to the needs of all our neighbors,
and teach us to recognize the gifts
you have given each of us
to use in service to others.
In Jesus’ name we pray.
Amen.

Prayer: “Created for Community, A Midweek Lenten Service” sundaysandseasons.com, Augsburg Liturgies License #SAS006505.
Photo: Flashback Friday photo of the “Red Bus” with Sara J. Anderson & Tom Schauer, February 2009, photo courtesy of Frank Cichon.

Thursday,
March 4, 2021

You calm and quiet us, eternal God,
as a mother holds her children close;
all people have refuge
in the shadow of your wings.
Spread over us
the shelter of your peace.
Hold before us
the wisdom of your cross,
where we are drawn to you
not by might or power,
but by your boundless love
and forgiveness in Jesus Christ,
our Savior and Lord.
Amen.

Prayer: Prayer for Peace, All Creation Sings worship supplement © 2020 Augsburg Fortress, page 48, Augsburg Liturgies License SAS006505.

Wednesday,
March 3, 2021

Calm to the waves.
Calm to the wind.
Jesus whispers,
“Peace be still.”

Balm to our hearts.
Fears at an end.
In stillness,
hear his voice.

Text: “Calm to the Waves” ELW #794 by Mary Louise Bringle © 2002 GIA Publications, Inc. Used with permission. One License A-700246.

Tuesday,
March 2, 2021

Oh, for a thousand tongues to sing
my great Redeemer’s praise,
the glories of my God and king,
the triumphs of God’s grace!

The name of Jesus charms our fears
and bids our sorrows cease,
sings music in the sinner’s ear,
brings life and health and peace.

To God all glory, praise and love
be now and ever given
by saints below and saints above,
the church in earth and heav’n.
Amen.

Hymn Text: ELW #886, “Oh, for a Thousand Tongues to Sing”, verses 1, 3 & 5, by Charles Wesley.


Commemoration Day, March 2, 2021: John Wesley, died 1791 and Charles Wesley, died 1788; These brothers led a revival originally intended to remain within the Church of England, one that involved frequent communion, fasting and advocacy for the poor. Except for a brief time as missionaries in the colony of Georgia, they worked in England. Following a conversion experience while reading Luther’s “Preface to the Epistle to the Romans”, John was perhaps the greatest force in 18th century revival. After their deaths, their work led to the formation of the Methodist Church. (From Sundays and Seasons, Year B, 2009, p. 118)

Charles wrote over 600 hymn texts including these hymns in the ELW: Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus; Hark! The Herald Angels Sing; Jesus Christ is Risen Today; Christ the Lord is Risen Today; Love Divine, All Loves Excelling.

Monday,
March 1, 2021

I want Jesus to walk with me;
I want Jesus to walk with me;
all along my pilgrim journey,
Lord, I want Jesus to walk with me.

In my trials, Lord, walk with me;
In my trials, Lord, walk with me;
when my heart is almost breaking,
Lord, I want Jesus to walk with me.

When I’m in trouble, Lord, walk with me;
When I’m in trouble, Lord, walk with me;
when my head is bowed in sorrow,
Lord, I want Jesus to walk with me.
Amen.

Prayer: “I Want Jesus to walk with Me”, ELW #325, African American spiritual.

Sunday,
February 28, 2021

Merciful God,
accompany our journey
through this Lenten season.
Renew us in the gift of baptism,
that we may provide
for those who are poor,
pray for those in need,
fast from self-indulgence,
and above all that we may find
our treasure in the life of your Son,
Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord,
who lives and reigns with you
and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.
Amen.

Prayer: ELCA Worship Blog, Worship in the Home: February 28, 2021.
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Saturday,
February 27, 2021

Gracious Creator,
you fashioned us in your image
in the midst of a world
beyond our knowledge
and understanding.
Continue to weave us together
in community
with all created things,
and deepen our awareness
of the ways you connect us
to the earth.
In Jesus’ name we pray.
Amen.

Prayer: from “Created for Community: A Midweek Lenten Series,” sundaysandseasons.com. © 2021 Augsburg Fortress.
Augsburg Liturgies License SAS006505. .

Friday,
February 26, 2021

Loving Spirit,
throughout this day
enliven our minds,
inspire our conversation,
inform our decisions,
and protect those we love.
And should today bring
what we neither anticipate or desire,
increase our faith
and decrease our pride until we know
that when we face the unexpected,
we do not stand alone.
Through Jesus Christ we pray.
Amen.

Prayer: Daytime Liturgy B, A Wee Worship Book, Fourth Incarnation, GIA Publications, Inc., p. 52.

Thursday,
February 25, 2021

“I love to think of nature as unlimited broadcasting stations, through which God speaks to us every day, every hour. “ (George Washington Carver)

O God,
you are the tree of life,
offering shelter to the world.
Graft us into yourself
and nuture our growth,
that we may bear your truth
and love to those in need,
through Jesus Christ,
our Savior and Lord.
Amen.

Prayer: Evangelical Lutheran Worship, page 39, Augsburg Liturgies License #SAS006505.

Wednesday,
February 24, 2021

Almighty God,
how many are the stars
that fill the eternal night?
Yet you walk among them,
knowing them each from time to time
when you created them.

O Fullness of Wisdom,
how many worlds have you counted?
Each race, lifting its voice
to magnify your greatness,
lives age to age in you.

Eternal Spirit,
how great is your creation!
In the fullness of time,
bring all to that place
where all are one
and no shadows fall.
Amen.

Douglas R. Briggs, from Race and Prayer: Collected Voices Many Dreams edited by Malcolm Boyd and Chester L. Talton (Morehouse Publishing, 2003), 191.

Tuesday,
February 23, 2021

Holy God,
holy and mighty,
holy and immortal,
have mercy on us.

O God,
we remember
with thanksgiving
those who have loved
and served you on earth,
who now rest from their labors,
especially lives lost to coronavirus.
Keep us in union with all your saints,
and bring us with them
to the joyous feast of heaven;
through Jesus Christ,
our Savior and Lord.
Amen.

Prayers: Adapted from Occasional Services for the Assembly, sundaysandseasons.com © 2021 Augsburg Fortress. All rights reserved. Augsburg Liturgies License SAS006505.

Monday,
February 22, 2021

A Blessing for the Week

You are what God made you to be:
created in Christ Jesus
for good works,
chosen as holy and beloved,
freed to serve your neighbor.
God bless you ☩
that you may be a blessing,
in the name of the holy
and life-giving Trinity.
Amen.

Blessing: sundaysandseasons.com. © 2021 Augsburg Fortress. All rights reserved. Augsburg Liturgies License SAS006505.

Sunday,
February 21, 2021

"I have set my bow in the clouds, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth." Genesis 9:13

God of the covenant,
you are ever faithful.
Your love never ends.
Teach us your ways.
And guide us in your paths
of love and forgiveness,
that we may witness
to your grace and salvation.
Amen.

Prayer: https://www.ministrymatters.com/.../worship-elements...

Saturday,
February 20, 2021:

God of all hope,
we pray today so deeply aware
of the world’s grief and pain-
especially in Texas-
and of our own.
Comfort us, we pray,
with the sure knowledge
that our Lenten journey
culminates in Easter joy.
Amen.

Prayer: Adapted from The Worship Sourcebook, 2nd Ed., Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, © 2013 Faith Alive Christian Resources, page 563.

Friday,
February 19, 2021

The season of Lent has begun again,
as with so many times before,
we find that we are not really ready
for this journey of discipleship.
So many things claim our lives
and prevent us from being ready
to take the steps in faith.

As we look
at our barrier of readiness,
help us to remember
that Christ is with us,
every step of the way.
We are not alone.
Christ will help lift
our hearts and spirits
and direct our paths.
Enable us, loving Savior,
to take this journey of faith
to new life with you.
Amen.

Prayer: https://www.ministrymatters.com/.../worship-connection...

Thursday,
February 18, 2021

Open our eyes, Lord,
to perceive your desire
for the world.
Remove those things
that block our vision
and widen our gaze
In Jesus’ name we pray.
Amen.

Prayer: Midweek Lenten Series: Open My Life, Lord, from sundaysandseasons.com. © 2021 Augsburg Fortress. All rights reserved. Augsburg Liturgies License SAS006505.

Ash Wednesday,
February 17, 2021

A Prayer and a Blessing for Ash Wednesday,

Gracious God, we pray today for the residents of Texas who are dealing with power outages which is turn is causing the lack of heat, food storage and safe food preparation. Be with those repairing and working through this crisis to restore electricity safely and soon. We also keep in our prayers all our neighbors in the South who are dealing with unusual freezing temperatures, snow and ice. Bring solace and reassurance in the midst of their fears. In Christ, we pray. Amen.

Blessing the Dust
A Blessing for Ash Wednesday

All those days
you felt like dust,
like dirt,
as if all you had to do
was turn your face
toward the wind and be scattered
to the four corners

or swept away
by the smallest breath
as insubstantial—

Did you not know
what the Holy One
can do with dust?

This is the day
we freely say
we are scorched.

This is the hour
we are marked
by what has made it
through the burning.

This is the moment
we ask for the blessing
that lives within
the ancient ashes,
that makes its home
inside the soil of
this sacred earth.

So let us be marked
not for sorrow.
And let us be marked
not for shame.
Let us be marked
not for false humility
or for thinking
we are less
than we are

but for claiming
what God can do
within the dust,
within the dirt,
within the stuff
of which the world
is made,
and the stars that blaze
in our bones,
and the galaxies that spiral
inside the smudge
we bear.

Prayer for Texas: jhs;
Ash Wednesday Blessing: by Jan Richardson, http://paintedprayerbook.com/.../ash-wednesday-the.../
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Tuesday,
February 16, 2021

God of infinite mercy,
grant that we who know
your compassion
may rejoice in your forgiveness
and gladly forgive others
for the sake of Jesus Christ,
our Savior,
who is alive with you
and the Holy Spirit,
one God now and for ever.
Amen.

Prayer: https://liturgy.co.nz/shrove-tuesday


Shrove Tuesday is held on the day preceding Ash Wednesday. It signals the end of Epiphany and the beginning of Lent (a time of penance and renewal prior to Easter) in the liturgical calendar of many Christian traditions. Its name is derived from the term 'shrive', which refers to the ritual of confession for sins leading into the penitential season of Lent. Traditionally Shrove Tuesday or Fat Tuesday was the day that households would use up all their fatty and rich foods like milk, eggs and butter before the Lenten fast began. Before this pandemic, churches often held pancake suppers as an ongoing practice of being a community in both feasting and fasting times, and to sustain each other, and the whole world, in body, soul, and spirit.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mardi_Gras https://members.sundaysandseasons.com/Library

Monday,
February 15, 2021

The darkness of winter
has been our companion, Lord.
Now the days are lengthening.
Bring your light to us,
that we might see your glory
and may work for you,
offering hope and peace
to this world.
We ask this, in Jesus’ name.
Amen.

Prayer: Nancy Townley, https://www.ministrymatters.com/.../worship-connection...
Photo: The days are getting longer as this glimpse of snow covered Ossipee Lake beyond Johnson Hall/Lakeside Dining Hall around 4:30pm on February 4, 2021 shows us. Photo by JHS.

Sunday,
February 14, 2021:

Shine, Jesus, shine,
fill this land
with the Father's glory.
Blaze, Spirit, blaze,
set our hearts on fire.
Flow, river, flow,
flood the nations
with grace and mercy.
Send forth your word
Lord, and let there be light.

As we gaze on your kingly brightness.
So our faces display your likeness.
Ever changing from glory to glory,
mirrored here
may our lives tell your story.
Shine on me,
shine on me.
Amen.

Today’s prayer: “Shine, Jesus, Shine” chorus and verse 2, Graham Kendrick © 1987 Make Way Music, CCLI #383771, ELW #671.

Saturday,
February 13, 2021

God,
help us hear
with the ears
of our hearts
the whisperings
of your Spirit.
Amen.

Prayer: Marjorie J. Thompson, Alive Now! J/F ‘92 issue, back cover.
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Friday,
February 12, 2021

From the very beginning,
God has blessed you
and planted within your spirit
the words:
"I can do all things
through God
who strengthens me".
Do not fear the task
God sets before you.
Rejoice, for God is with you
every moment and God’s love
washes over you always,
healing and nourishing your life.
Amen.

From: Words of Assurance by Nancy C. Townley, https://www.ministrymatters.com/.../worship-connection...
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Thursday,
February 11, 2021

Gracious God,
pour out your Spirit
upon our divided nation and world.
As we are led by your Spirit,
may we work to bind
and to heal the divide
and bring unity and peace
to our country and all nations.
Amen.

Prayer: Adapted from a prayer by Rev. Phil Tom, Executive Director, International Council of Community Churches https://nationalcouncilofchurches.us/topics/weekly/

Wednesday,
February 10, 2021

Open unto me,
light for my darkness.
Open unto me,
courage for my fear.
Open unto me,
hope for my despair.
Open unto me,
peace for my turmoil.
Open unto me,
joy for my sorrow.
Open unto me,
strength for my weakness.
Open unto me,
wisdom for my confusion.
Open unto me,
forgiveness for my sins.
Open unto me,
tenderness for my toughness.
Open unto me,
love for my hates.
Open unto me,
Thy Self for myself.
Lord, Lord, open unto me!
Amen.

Prayer: Lord, Lord, Open Unto Me - Howard Thurman, from "Meditations of the Heart." Thurman who was born in 1899 and raised in the segregated South. He is recognized as one of the great spiritual leaders of the 20th century renowned for his reflections on humanity and our relationship with God. Thurman was a prolific author (writing at least 20 books); perhaps the most famous is Jesus and the Disinherited (1949), which deeply influenced Martin Luther King, Jr. and other leaders of the Civil Rights Movement. Thurman served as dean of Rankin Chapel at Howard University from 1932 to 1944 and as dean of Marsh Chapel at Boston University from 1953 to 1965. In 1944, he co-founded, along with Alfred Fisk, the first major interracial, interdenominational church in the United States. https://www.xavier.edu/.../prayers-for-black-history...

Tuesday,
February 9, 2021

Holy God,
out of your great love for the world,
your Word became flesh
to live among us
and to reconcile us to you
and to one another.
Rekindle among us the gift of your Spirit
so that we seek to live in unity
with all people,
breaking down the walls that divide,
ending the hostility among us,
and proclaiming peace
to those who are near
and to those who are far away;
through Christ Jesus,
in whom we all have access
in the one Spirit to you,
both now and forever.
Amen.

Prayer: All Creation Sings © 2020 Augsburg Fortress, p. 48. Augsburg Liturgies License SAS006505.

Monday,
February 8, 2021

Come. Lord Jesus, be our guest,
and let these gifts to us be blessed.

Blessed be God, who is our bread;
may all the world be clothed and fed.
Amen.

Table Grace: Two verses (from many variations) from the Common Table Prayer. Author unknown, but often attributed to Martin Luther.
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Sunday,
February 7, 2021

Go into God’s world,
aware of God’s call in your life.
Follow our Lord Jesus Christ
who will lead you
in paths of service and hope.
Lean on the power of the Holy Spirit
to give you courage and strength.
May peace, joy and love
flow through you to others,
in God’s name.
Amen.

Benediction/Commission: Nancy C. Townley, https://www.ministrymatters.com/.../worship-connection...

Saturday,
February 6, 2021

Today, may we be awe struck
by your marvelous works, O God,
in each and every human
we encounter.
So much so,
that we are forever transformed
by the light, love, and hope
present in each being
unapologetically created
in your image,
moving us closer
into right relationship
with one another,
ourselves and you, Creator God.
Amen.

Prayer: Rev. Dr. Marilyn Pagán-Banks, Senior Pastor of San Lucas United Church of Christ and Executive Director of A Just Harvest, in Chicago, IL. https://nationalcouncilofchurches.us/topics/weekly/

Friday,
February 5, 2021

God, our creator,
the resurrection of your Son
offers life to all the peoples
of the earth.
By your Holy Spirit,
kindle in us the fire of your love,
empowering our lives for service
and our tongues for praise,
through Jesus Christ,
our Savior and Lord.
Amen.

Prayer: Evangelical Lutheran Worship, p. 36, Augsburg Liturgies License SAS006505.

Thursday,
February 4, 2021

Holy God,
our strength and our redeemer,
by your Spirit hold us forever,
that through your grace
we may worship you
and faithfully serve you,
follow you and joyfully find you,
through Jesus Christ,
our Savior and Lord.
Amen.

Prayer: Evangelical Lutheran Worship, p. 22, Augsburg Liturgies License SAS006505.

Wednesday,
February 3, 2021

Creator God,
you desire your people
to live in peace and harmony
with one another.
While we await
the Peaceable Kingdom,
we live in hope!
Hope for an equitable dispersal
of the vaccine,
hope for peace in our country,
and hope for the end
of” every “ism”
that separates all your people.
Shalom! Amen!

Prayer: The Rev. Gerry Rickel, retired ELCA pastor, https://nationalcouncilofchurches.us/topics/weekly/

Tuesday,
February 2, 2021

Earth and all stars!
Loud rushing planets!
Sing to the Lord a new song!
Hail, wind, and rain!
Loud blowing snowstorm!
Sing to the Lord a new song!
God has done marvelous things.
I too sing praises with a new song!
Amen.

As we clean up from the snow storm that hit the East Coast, we remember Herbert Brokering (1926-2009), a Lutheran pastor, writer, poet, playwright, and popular speaker. He wrote this text for the ninetieth anniversary of St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minnesota, in 1964. "Earth and All Stars" invites us to join with a whole host of natural and cultural phenomena to "sing to the Lord a new song!" The text alludes to Psalm 96:1 in each stanza and to Psalm 98:1 in the refrain. (www.hymnary.org)

Prayer: Earth and All Stars, verse 1, Herbert F. Brokering © 1968 Augsburg Publishing House, ELW #731, One License.net A-700246.

Monday,
February 1, 2021

Lift ev'ry voice and sing
till earth and heaven ring,
ring with the harmonies of liberty.
Let our rejoicing rise
high as the list'ning skies,
let it resound loud as the rolling sea.
Sing a song full of the faith
that the dark past has taught us;
sing a song full of the hope
that the present has brought us;
facing the rising sun
of our new day begun,
let us march on till victory is won.

Stony the road we trod,
bitter the chast'ning rod,
felt in the days
when hope unborn had died;
yet with a steady beat,
have not our weary feet
come to the place
for which our parents sighed?
We have come over a way
that with tears has been watered;
we have come,
treading our path
through the blood
of the slaughtered,
out from the gloomy past,
till now we stand at last
where the white gleam
of our bright star is cast.

God of our weary years,
God of our silent tears,
thou who hast brought us thus far
on the way;
thou who hast by thy might
led us into the light,
keep us forever in the path,
we pray.
Lest our feet stray from the places,
our God, where we met thee;
lest, our hearts drunk
with the wine of the world,
we forget thee;
shadowed beneath thy hand
may we forever stand,
true to our God,
true to our native land.
Amen.

Hymn background: Lift Every Voice and Sing – often called “The Black National Anthem” – was written as a poem by NAACP leader James Weldon Johnson (1871-1938) and then set to music by his brother John Rosamond Johnson (1873-1954) in 1899. It was first performed in public in the Johnsons’ hometown of Jacksonville, Florida as part of a celebration of Lincoln’s Birthday on February 12, 1900 by a choir of 500 schoolchildren at the segregated Stanton School, where James Weldon Johnson was principal. (https://www.naacp.org/naacp-history-lift-evry-voice-and.../)

Sunday,
January 31, 2021

Quiet your hearts,
beloved of God,
for God is speaking to you
with love.
Rest your spirits,
struggling ones,
for God will surround you
with peace.
Open your lives
to God’s power and presence
and do not be afraid.
God is with us,
now and for all time.
Amen.

Words of Assurance: ministrymatters.com, Worship Connection for January 31, 2021;

Saturday,
January 30, 2021

Give us your eyes, O Lord.
Help us see clearly as you do.
Grant us your perspective
that we may act in you.
May your wisdom rule our minds.
Let your words your truth impart.
Come, O Holy Spirit.
Bring healing to our hearts.

Your ways are higher;
Your thoughts are not our own;
Free us from our fear.
Help us draw near
and let your will be known.
Open our eyes, O Lord.
We long to hear your voice anew.
Come, O Holy Spirit.
We want to follow you.
Amen.

Prayer: Prayer for Guidance © 2010 Gloria Flanery, ALIVE NOW May/June 2010 issue, page 30-31.

Friday,
January 29, 2021

God,
you have bound us together
in a common life.
Help us,
in the midst of our struggles
for justice and truth,
to confront one another
without hatred or bitterness,
and to work together
with mutual mercy, respect,
and love.
Amen.

Prayer: Adapted from the Book of Common Prayer, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 1/28/21.

Thursday,
January 28, 2021

Good and gracious God,
you invite us to recognize
and reverence your divine image
and likeness in our neighbor.
Enable us to see
the reality of racism
and free us to challenge
and uproot it from our society,
our world, and ourselves.
Amen.

Prayer: from Society & Justice, All Creation Sings ©2020 Augsburg Fortress, page 50, Augsburg Liturgies License SAS006505

Wednesday,
January 27, 2021

Lord,
mold us and form us
into the kind of people
you want us to be.
Be patient with us
when we fall short
of what love demands of us.
And give us patience with ourselves.
Catch us in the arms of your grace.
Amen.

Prayer: Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals, © 2010 by The Simple Way and School for Conversion, Zondervan, page 198.

Tuesday,
January 26, 2021

God, our refuge and strength,
we thank you for the compassion
you infuse in your people,
especially those who care for
the physical and emotional
needs of friends, family, and strangers.
Strengthen all caregivers
in body and spirit.
Refresh them when weary;
console them when anxious;
comfort them in grief;
and hearten them in discouragement.
Giver of peace,
enlarge our patience
and enable us to embrace
all those who live with difficulties
we may one day share;
in Jesus’ name.
Amen.

Prayer: Prayer for Caregivers from All Creation Sings ©2020 Augsburg Fortress, page 54, Augsburg Liturgies License SAS006505

Monday,
January 25, 2021

As the disciples walked
with Christ so long ago,
walk with Christ
in your hearts and spirits.
Feel the power
of the Holy Spirit
guiding your path.
Know the love of God
which is poured out
for you and rejoice.
Go in peace
and may God’s peace
go with you.
Amen.

Benediction: https://www.ministrymatters.com/.../worship-connection...

Sunday,
January 24, 2021

Thrice-holy God,
we thank you
for having created and loved us.
We thank you for your presence
in us and in creation.
May we learn
to look upon the world
as you look upon it, with love.
In the hope of this vision,
may we be able to work for a world
where justice and peace flourish,
for the glory of your name.
Amen.

Prayer: Monastic Community of Grandchamp, https://www.oikoumene.org/.../worship-and-background...

Saturday,
January 23, 2021

Words of Assurance:

Do not be afraid.
God is with you!
That is good news.
You do not have to go
through life alone,
wondering if anyone cares
about you or knows your heart.
God knows and God loves you.
Rejoice for thus it is,
has always been,
and will continue to be.
God’s love for you is eternal.
Amen.

Prayer: Nancy C. Townley, https://www.ministrymatters.com/.../worship-connection...

Friday,
January 22, 2021

Blessed Lord,
we ask your loving care
and protection for those
who are sick
in body, mind, or spirit
and who desire our prayers.
Take from them all fears
and help them put their trust in you,
that they may feel
your strong arms around them.
Touch them
with your renewing love,
that they may know
wholeness in you
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Prayer: From Service of the Word for Healing, sundaysandseasons.com. © 2021 Augsburg Fortress. Augsburg Fortress Liturgies License SAS006505

Thursday,
January 21, 2021

Gracious God,
we pray for our public servants
especially our nation’s
new president and vice president,
that they do their work
in a spirit of wisdom,
charity, and justice.
Inspire them to use their authority
to serve faithfully
and to promote our common life.
Guide our leaders
to govern in such a way
that all people enjoy
a peaceful and just society.
In Jesus’ name we pray.
Amen.

Prayer: All Creation Sings, "Civic Life, Government, and Nations Prayers", sundaysandseasons.com, Augsburg Liturgies License SAS006505

Wednesday,
January 20, 2021

“Love one another as I have loved you.” (John 15:12b)

God,
you reveal to us your love
through Christ and through
our brothers, sisters and siblings.
Open our hearts so that
we may welcome each other
with our differences
and live in forgiveness.
Grant us to live united in one body,
so that the gift
that is each person
comes to light.
May all of us together
be a reflection of the living Christ.
Amen.

Prayer: Adapted from Day 3 of Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2021, Monastic Community of Grandchamp, , https://www.oikoumene.org/.../worship-and-background...

Tuesday,
January 19, 2021

“Abide in me as I abide in you.” (John 15:4a)

Holy Spirit,
May we receive in our hearts
the presence of Christ,
and may we cherish his love.
Nourish our prayer,
enlighten our reading of Scripture,
act through us,
so that the fruits of your gifts
can patiently grow in us.
Amen.

Prayer: Adapted from Day 2 of Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2021, Monastic Community of Grandchamp, https://www.oikoumene.org/.../worship-and-background...

Monday,
January 18, 2021

Words from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: “Love is the most durable power in the world. This creative force, so beautifully exemplified in the life of our Christ, is the most potent instrument available in mankind’s quest for peace and security.”
(From: Strength to Love, pages 50-51 © 1963 Martin Luther King, Jr. © 2010 Fortress Press edition.)

Jesus Christ,
you seek us,
you wish to offer us your friendship
and lead us to a life
that is ever more complete.
Grant us the confidence
to answer your call
so that we may be transformed
and become witnesses
of your tenderness for the world.
Amen.

Prayer: Week of Prayer for Christian Unity ~ Day 1, Monastic Community of Grandchamp, https://www.oikoumene.org/.../worship-and-background...

Sunday,
January 17, 2021

Faithful God,
surround us
with your everlasting arms.
Hear our cries of despair,
heed our calls for justice,
and do not let us lose hope,
in the name of Jesus Christ,
our Savior, we pray.
Amen.

Prayer: All Creation Sings (new ELCA Worship Resource), sundaysandseasons.com, Augsburg Fortress Liturgies License SAS006505
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Saturday,
January 16, 2021

A Meditation on Psalm 46:10

Be still and know that I am God.
Be still and know that I am.
Be still and know.
Be still.
Be.

Prayer for Friday,
January 15, 2021

God, we thank you for the inspiration of Jesus. Grant that we will love you with all our hearts, souls, and minds, and love our neighbors as we love ourselves, even our enemy neighbors. And we ask you, God, in these days of emotional tension, when the problems of the world are gigantic in extent and chaotic in detail, to be with us in our going out and our coming in, in our rising up and in our lying down, in our moments of joy and in our moments of sorrow, until the day when there shall be no sunset and no dawn. Amen.

Adapted from "Thou, Dear God": Prayers That Open Hearts and Spirits, The Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King, Jr., edited by Lewis V. Baldwin (Beacon Press, 2014).

Today is the Commemoration Day for Martin Luther King Jr., renewer of society & martyr. An American prophet of justice among races and nations, King was an eloquent preacher, a leader of the nonviolent resistance to race-segregated society, and recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964. Born on this date, he was assassinated on April 4, 1968. https://members.sundaysandseasons.com/.../TextsAndResourc...

Photo: Mid-morning vIew of Ossipee Lake and campfire benches, January 12, 2021 by JHS.

Prayer for Thursday,
January 14, 2021

Where there is cruelty,
may I model your kindness.
Where there is despair,
may I model your hope.
Where there is anxiety,
may I model your comfort.
Where there is loneliness,
may I model your presence.
And where there is strife,
may I model your peace.
Amen.

Prayer: Alydia Smith, from Parables, Prayers, and Promises (UCPH),
https://www.united-church.ca/prayers/prayer-hospitality

Prayer for Wednesday,
January 13, 2021

Gracious God,
you sustain your people
through seasons
of change and challenge.
Breathe into us your Spirit,
drive us from our waiting places
and into the world
to be part of the promise
you proclaim.
Inspire us with hope and courage
to confront our needs —
for justice, for health,
for liberation,
for one another and for you —
and restore our relationships
with one another
and with all of creation.
In the name of your Son,
Jesus Christ.
Amen.

Prayer: From “God With Us” ELCA World Hunger Advent Study 2020, Week 1.
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Prayer for Tuesday,
January 12, 2021

Loving God,
journey with us this year
so that we may feel your presence,
abide in your forgiveness,
grow in your strength,
and dwell in your love.
Give us open hearts,
open minds,
and open eyes
so that we may sing your praise
and follow your path always
and everywhere.
Amen.

Prayer: Adapted from “January” from Openings: A Daybook of Saints, Sages, Psalms and Prayer Practices, 2nd Edition by Rev. Larry J. Peacock © 2014, p. 1.

Prayer for Monday,
January 11, 2021

Gracious God,
keep us working and praying
for the day when your justice
will roll down like waters,
and your righteousness
like an ever-flowing stream.
Replenish our strength
and stir up our hope
as we look for signs
of your coming reign.
And fill us with the peace
that passes understanding—
the deep peace of
Jesus Christ our Savior,
in whose holy name we pray.
Amen.

Prayer: Prayer of Lament from “All Creation Sings” © 2020 Augsburg Fortress, Augsburg Liturgies License SAS006505

Prayer for Sunday,
January 10, 2021

Bless us, O God,
with the presence of your Holy Spirit
hovering over the deep waters
of our journey,
wrapping us with light,
scattering our night with day!
Don’t abandon us to our own chaos---
spiritless, formless, and empty.

Bless us, O God,
with the presence of your creating Spirit,
filling our empty hearts with love,
bringing sunrise to our troubled night.
Let there be morning.
Let there be day.
Amen.

Prayer: Invocations and Benedictions for the Revised Common Lectionary, edited by John M. Drescher, © 1998 Abingdon Press, p. 62.

Prayer for Saturday,
January 9, 2021

Almighty and merciful God,
you are the only source
of health and healing;
you alone can bring
calmness and peace.
Grant to us, your children,
an awareness of your presence
and a strong confidence in you.
In our pain, our weariness,
and our anxiety,
surround us with your care,
protect us by your loving might,
and permit us once more
to enjoy health and strength
and peace;
through Jesus Christ,
our Savior and Lord.
Amen.

Prayer: From Healing Prayers, Evangelical Lutheran Worship, page 85.

Prayer for Friday,
January 8, 2021

O God,
you made us in your own image
and redeemed us
through Jesus your Son.
Look with compassion
on the whole human family;
take away
the arrogance and hatred
that infect our hearts;
break down the walls that separate us;
unite us in bonds of love; and,
through our struggle and confusion,
work to accomplish
your purposes on earth;
through Jesus Christ,
our Savior and Lord.
Amen.

Prayer: adapted from Social Ministry prayers on the human family, Evangelical Lutheran Worship, p. 79.
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Prayer for Thursday,
January 7, 2021

Eternal God,
amid all the turmoil
and changes of the world
your love is steadfast
and your strength never fails.
In this time of danger and trouble,
be to us a sure guardian
and rock of defense.
Guide the leaders of our nation
with your wisdom,
comfort those in distress,
and grant us courage and hope
to face the future;
through Jesus Christ,
our Savior and Lord.
Amen.

Prayer: Evangelical Lutheran Worship, page 76.

Prayer for Epiphany,
January 6, 2021

Almighty and ever-living God,
you revealed
the incarnation of your Son
by the brilliant shining of a star.
Shine the light of your justice
always in our hearts
and over all lands,
and accept our lives
as the treasure we offer
in your praise and for your service,
through Jesus Christ,
our Savior and Lord,
who lives and reigns with you
and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.
Amen.

Prayer: Evangelical Lutheran Worship, p. 21.

Prayer for Tuesday,
January 5, 2021

Lord, the light of your love is shining,
in the midst of the darkness shining;
Jesus, Light of the world,
shine upon us.
Set us free by the truth
you now bring us.
Shine on me, shine on me.

Shine, Jesus, shine,
fill this land
with the Father's glory.
Blaze, Spirit, blaze,
set our hearts on fire.
Flow, river, flow,
flood the nations
with grace and mercy.
Send forth your word, Lord,
and let there be light!
Amen.

Prayer: Graham Kendrick © 1987 Make Way Music, CCLI License # 383771

Prayer for Monday,
January 4, 2021

Holy Child within the manger,
long ago yet ever near;
come as friend to ev’ry stranger,
come as hope for ev’ry fear.
As you lived to heal the broken,
greet the outcast, free the bound,
as you taught us love unspoken,
teach us now where you are found.

Holy Child within the manger,
lead us ever in your way,
so we see in ev’ry stranger
how you come to us today.
In our lives and in our living
give us strength to live as you,
that our hearts might be forgiving
and our spirits strong and true.
Amen.

Prayer: "Holy Child Within the Manger (Carol at the Manger)" verses 1 & 3 by Marty Haugen, With One Voice #638, © 1987 GIA Publications, Inc. One License #A-700246.

Blessing for Sunday,
January 3, 2021

Beloved children of God,
what came into being in Christ was life,
and the life was the light of all people.
The light shines in the darkness,
and the darkness did not overcome it.
May the light of Christ shine on you
with grace and mercy
and fill you with joy and peace.
Amen.

Prayer: Based on John 1:1, 3-5, from "We Too Have A Star to Guide Us" service, from sundaysandseasons.com © 2020, License SAS006505.

Prayer for Saturday,
January 2, 2021

It may seem naive,
in a world of grief,
to choose to live in joy;

It may seem foolish,
in a world where solemnity
is power,
to sing and dance
to a different tune;

It may seem cruel,
in a world of suffering
and injustice,
to speak of light
and celebration;

But you have come, Jesus,
to bring joy into our grief,
light into our darkness,
singing into our mourning;
and it is an act of healing
and proclamation
to believe and embrace
the joy you offer.

Joy to the world!
The Lord is come!
Hallelujah!
Amen.

Prayer: Joy to the World, Copyright © 2010 John van de Laar, on his website Sacredise.com
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Prayer for Friday,
January 1, 2021

God of the New Year,
as we stand on the morning
of this New Year
fill us with peace and hope.
Give us open eyes
to see the possibilities
you offer to us.
Amen.

Prayer: Adapted from Alive Now, Jan/Feb 2009 issue, p.54.
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Prayer for Thursday,
December 31, 2020

At the turn of the year we meditate on endings and beginnings, knowing that all the world’s time begins and ends in God. We watch and keep vigil for the coming of God’s justice as we continue to hold in our prayers all those who are ill.

Eternal God,
you have placed us
in a world of space and time,
and through the events of our lives
you bless us with your love.
Grant that in the new year
we may know your presence,
see your love at work,
and live in the light of the event
that gives us joy forever—
the coming of your Son,
Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.
Amen.

Prayer: ELW page 63; https://members.sundaysandseasons.com/.../TextsAndResourc...

Prayer for Wednesday,
December 30, 2020

God of Glory,
your splendor shines
from a manger in Bethlehem
into the darkness of human night.
Open our eyes to Christ’s presence
in the shadows of our world
so that we, like him,
may become beacons of your justice
and defenders of all
for whom there is no room.
Amen.

Prayer: The Worship Sourcebook, Second Edition © 2011, Faith Alive Christian Resources, p. 475.

Prayer for Tuesday,
December 29, 2020

God,
as we near the end of a difficult year,
may we look to your love
to bring restoration
to this nation and to this world.
Amen.

Prayer: Verse & Voice 12.28.20 from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Charge for Monday,
December 28, 2020

Go now into the world,
carrying Christmas with you
into everyday life.
Open the inn within you
and make room for that Gift of gifts,
even our Lord Jesus Christ.
Amen.

Prayer: from Reaching for Rainbows by Ann Weems (p. 90), © 1980 Ann Barr Weems, Westminster John Knox Press; http://www.reformedworship.org/.../o-come-let-us-adore-him
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Prayer for Sunday,
December 27, 2020

Gracious God,
we pray for all in need.
Come to all the hungry,
the homeless, the war-torn.
Guide us in and through
this fearsome pandemic.
Visit those sick with COVID-19.
Comfort all who live
with depression or fear.
Abide with all
for whom the holiday season
is overwhelmed by sorrow.
Lighten all hearts with your living hope.
Amen.

Prayer: Prayer petition from ELCA Worship Blog for December 27, 2020 at https://blogs.elca.org/worship/3214/
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Prayer for Saturday,
December 26, 2020

Blessed are you, Prince of peace.
You rule the earth
with truth and justice.
Send your gift of peace
to all nations and cities of the world
especially the Nashville community.

Blessed are you, Son of Mary.
You share our humanity.
Have mercy on the sick, the dying,
and all who suffer this day.

Blessed are you, Son of God.
You dwell among us
as the Word made flesh.
Reveal yourself
that we may bear your light
to all the world.
Amen.

Prayer: Responsive Prayer with adaptations, Lessons & Carols 2, sundaysandseasons.com, © 2020 Augsburg Fortress, License SAS006505

Prayer for Friday,
December 25, 2020

Gracious God of heaven and earth,
you have thrown a lifeline to us
in our darkness—
a beam of light
that shines through Jesus.
Though born in a manger,
he is the firstborn of all creation.
Though crucified on a cross,
he is the Lord of life.
Fill us with the wonder and joy
of his presence in the world
and in our hearts.
Amen.

Prayer: Lessons and Carols for Christmas,
from sundaysandseasons.com
© 2020 Augsburg Fortress, License SAS006505.

Prayer for Thursday,
December 24, 2020

O holy child of Bethlehem,
descend to us we pray,
Cast out our sin, and enter in,
be born in us today.
We hear the Christmas angels
the great glad tidings tell.
O come to us, abide with us,
our Lord Emmanuel.
Amen.

Prayer: Verse 4, O Little Town of Bethlehem by Phillips Brooks, minister of Holy Trinity Church in Philadelphia. Written after a visit to Bethlehem, Brooks wrote this hymn for his Sunday School's Christmas service.

Prayer for Wednesday,
December 23, 2020

Holy God,
we are preparing for your Son,
our Joy to the World to come.
Help every heart prepare room
and let heaven and nature sing!

Remember those who are sick
and be with those who grieve losses.
Take away sin and sorrow
and make your blessings flow
for all people.

We give thanks
that you rule the world
with truth and grace.
May we all live in your peace
and the wonders of your love.
Amen.

Prayer: Adapted by Judy Smith from Isaac Watts’ Advent hymn,
Joy to the World, based on Psalm 98:4-7, 10.

Prayer for Tuesday,
December 22, 2020

All earth is hopeful,
the Savior comes at last!
Furrows lie open
for God's creative task:
this, the labor of people
who struggle to see
how God's truth and justice
set ev'rybody free.

People of Israel,
you heard the prophet tell:
"A virgin mother will bear Emmanuel";
she conceived him, "God with us,"
our brother, whose birth
restores hope and courage
to children of this earth.

Mountains and valleys
will have to be prepared;
new highways opened,
new protocols declared.
Almost here! God is nearing,
in beauty and grace!
All clear ev'ry gateway,
in haste, come out in haste!
Amen.

Text: Advent hymn, v. 1-3, ELW #266,
text by Alberto Taule, translated by Madeline Forell Marshall, © 1993 & © 1995,
OCP Publications, One License #A-700246

Prayers for Monday,
December 21, 2020

From Sundays and Seasons: In the Northern Hemisphere, December 21 is the longest night, the winter solstice. It marks the shortest day of the year, the official start of winter. Tradition says that nature and all her creatures stop and hold their breath to see if the sun will turn back from its wanderings, if the days will lengthen and the earth will once again feel the sun’s warmth. On this darkest day of the year, we come with our honest yearnings seeking the return of light and hope.

While Advent is a season of hope and Christmas is a season of joy, not everyone feels hopeful or like celebrating. Grief, illness, aging, depression, loneliness, unemployment, and loss are magnified. Even those who are not struggling with losses may feel the stress of preparations and expectations around Christmas time.

Take these prayers & hymns with you today as comfort.

Lord God,
our light and our salvation,
grant that your servants
who seek your face in times of trouble
may see your goodness
in the land of the living,
and that we may be set safely
on the rock of our faith,
Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.
Amen.

Come and fill our hearts
with your peace.
You alone, O Lord, are holy.
Come and fill our hearts
with your peace. Alleluia!
Amen.

Deep peace
of the running waves to you,
Deep peace
of the flowing air to you,
Deep peace
of the quiet earth to you,
Deep peace
of the shining stars to you.
Deep peace
of the gentle night to you.
Deep peace of Christ,
of Christ the light of the world to you.
Deep peace of Christ to you.
Amen.

Prayers: © 2020 Augsburg Fortress SAS006505;
Psalm 136:1; Taize Community, GIA Publications, One License A-700246;
Gaelic blessing;

Prayer for Sunday,
December 20, 2020

Holy God,
we praise you
for the coming of Jesus our Lord,
who lifts up the lowly,
heals the suffering world,
and proclaims your way
of mercy and truth.
For your Word who is Christ,
we magnify you, O God.
Amen.

Prayer: https://blogs.elca.org/worship/3148/

Prayer for Saturday,
December 19, 2020

Lord,
during this Advent season we pray
that we would embrace the freedom
to celebrate your expected arrival
and acknowledge the pain
of this difficult year,
knowing that you are present
in both joy and pain.
Amen.

Prayer: From Verse & Voice 12-17-20, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Prayer for Friday,
December 18, 2020

Ever-present God,
through sickness, violence,
discord and injustice
we have yearned
for the fulfillment of your promise.
Make us, your church,
a sign of the day to come,
that we may reflect this hope to others.
Knit us together with one another
and with our neighbors,
that none may feel alone or isolated
from your life-giving love.
In your holy name, we pray.
Amen.

Prayer: ELCA World Hunger Advent Study, https://blogs.elca.org/.../advent-2020-week-two-study-guide/

Prayer for Thursday,
December 17, 2020

As we wake up to snow all over New England and pray for safety for those clearing our roads and sidewalks, we also pray:

God of Israel,
with expectant hearts
we, your people, await Christ’s coming.
As once he came in humility,
so now may he come in glory,
that he may make all things perfect
in your everlasting kingdom.
For he is Lord forever and ever.
Amem.

Prayer: https://worship.calvin.edu/.../healer-of-our-every-ill-2020
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Prayer for Wednesday,
December 16, 2020

Come now, O Prince of peace,
make us one body.
Come, O Lord Jesus,
reconcile your people.

Come now, O God of love,
make us one body.
Come, O Lord Jesus,
reconcile your people.

Come now and set us free,
O God, our Savior.
Come, O Lord Jesus,
reconcile all nations.

Come, Hope of unity,
make us one body.
Come, O Lord Jesus,
reconcile all nations.
Amen.

Text: (ELW #247) Geon-yong Lee, b. 1947; tr. Marion Pope © 1991 Geonyong Lee,
admin. GIA Publications, Inc. One License A700246

Prayer for Tuesday,
December 15, 2020

Almighty God,
as you have sent your Word
to be the light of the world,
let that light shine in our hearts
that we may be filled with
the joy and peace
that you alone can provide.
Amen.

Prayer: From The New Century Hymnal (C) 1995 The Pilgrim Press, p. 60.

A blessing for Monday,
December 14, 2020

The Creator of the stars
bless our Advent waiting,
the long-expected Savior
fill us with love,
the unexpected Spirit
guide our journey,
+ now and forever.
Amen.

Blessing: Advent Day Texts, www.sundaysandseasons.com, Annual License SAS006505

Prayer for Sunday,
December 13, 2020

Lord of hope,
as night workers long for the sunrise,
we long for the coming of Christ.
Today we yearn for your Spirit
to give us a glimpse of your glory,
that one day we will see in full,
when all will be made new,
through Christ, our Lord, our Light.
Amen.

Prayer: The Worship Sourcebook, 2nd Ed., Calvin Institute of Christian Worship © 2013 Faith Alive, p. 437. Used with permission.

Prayer for Saturday,
December 12, 2020

As we give thanks
for approved vaccines
we continue to ask you to
keep watch, dear Lord,
with those who work
or watch or weep,
and give your angels charge
over those who sleep.
Tend the sick,
give rest to the weary,
bless the dying,
soothe the suffering,
comfort the afflicted,
shield the joyous;
and all for your love’s sake.
Amen.

Prayer: Evangelical Lutheran Worship © 2006 Augsburg Fortress, pages 74 and 326.
Photo: Girls Junior End, December 7, 2020 by JHS.

Prayer for Friday,
December 11, 2020

Covenant God,
you heard your people
yearning for a Savior.
Thank you
for sending your Son so long ago.
We now rehearse your promise
that Christ will come again,
that death and suffering will end
and every tear will be wiped away.
Come, Lord Jesus, come.
As you fulfilled
Israel’s hopes long ago,
so we long for these promises
to be fulfilled.
Amen.

Prayer: The Worship Sourcebook, 2nd Ed., Calvin Institute Christian Worship
© 2013 Faith Alive, p. 434. Used with permission.

Prayer for Thursday,
December 10, 2020

O Christ, the healer, we have come
to pray for health, to plead for friends.
How can we fail to be restored
when reached by love that never ends?

From ev’ry ailment flesh endures
our bodies clamor to be freed;
yet in our hearts we would confess
that wholeness is our deepest need.

In conflicts that destroy our health
we recognize the world’s disease;
our common life declares our ills.
Is there no cure, O Christ, for these?

Grant that we all, made one in faith,
in your community may find
the wholeness that, enriching us,
shall reach the whole of humankind.
Amen.

Prayer: ELW hymn #610 by Fred Pratt Green
© 1969 Hope Publishing Co., CCLI License #383771

Prayer for Wednesday,
December 9, 2020

Almighty and everlasting God,
comfort of the sad
and strength to those who suffer:
Let the prayers of your children
who are in any trouble rise to you.
To everyone in distress
grant mercy,
grant relief,
grant refreshment;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Prayer: Service of Word for Healing, sundaysandseasons.com, 2020 Augsburg Fortress, Liturgies Annual License #SAS006505

Prayer for Tuesday,
December 8, 2020

God of the covenant,
we hear the voice of John the Baptist
breaking into our world:
The kingdom is near!
Prepare the way!
Come and dwell
in the pathways of our hearts,
that we may be ready
for the Messiah’s birth,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Prayer: “Prepare the Royal Highway” Midweek Advent Service, sundaysandseasons.com © 2020 Augsburg Fortress, Liturgies Annual License: SAS006505
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Prayer for Monday,
December 7, 2020

Stir up our hearts, O Lord,
to prepare the way
for the coming of your Son.
Give us courage and faith
to proclaim, in word and deed,
the good news of your coming,
even as we wait in patience
for that day
when Christ will come again.
Amen.

Prayer: From Watch, Wait, Wonder and Worship Advent Service, sundaysandseasons.com © 2020 Augsburg Fortress,
Liturgies Annual License: SAS006505

Prayer for the second Sunday in Advent,
December 6, 2020

Stir up our hearts, O Lord,
to prepare the way for your only Son.
By his coming give us strength
in our conflicts
and shed light on our path
through the darkness of this world.
Amen.

Prayer: Lutheran Book of Worship, Augsburg Publishing House, 1978, p. 13.

Prayer for Saturday,
December 5, 2020

(Little is known about Nicholas according to sundaysandseasons.com, except that he was a bishop in present-day Turkey. According to legend, he was famous for his giving to the poor, and so has become a symbol of anonymous gift-giving. Nicholas, Bishop of Myra, died around 342. The church commemorates this saint tomorrow, December 6.)

Loving God,
we thank you for the example
of St. Nicholas,
who fed the hungry,
brought hope to the Imprisoned,
gave comfort to the lost,
and taught the truth to all.
May we strive to imitate him
by putting you first in all we do.
Give us the courage,
love and strength
of St. Nicholas, so that,
like him, we may serve
you through loving
our brothers, sisters and siblings.
Amen.

Prayer: Adapted from “The Example of St. Nicolas” by Amy Welborn, http://www.xavier.edu/.../prayer-index/st-nicholas-prayers


In this time when we are worshiping at home, it is very fitting to find ways to mark St. Nicholas Day at home. Here are some ideas from the ELCA Worship Blog blogs.elca.org/worship/3121/:

St. Nicholas Eve. On the eve of St. Nicholas Day (December 5), have children place a shoe or boot outside their bedroom door. Parents or caregivers can fill the shoe with little gifts, much as you would a Christmas stocking. Gold coins are the traditional gift, associated with the legend of St. Nicholas providing dowries in the form of bags of gold to three impoverished young girls, to save them from prostitution.

Act of kindness. Have each family member draw another family member’s name from a hat. Perform a secret act of kindness for the person whose name you have drawn.

Surprise your neighbors. You can leave a small gift such as a tin of cookies on a neighbor’s doorstep. You could include a simple note, mentioning a little about St. Nicholas and his generosity.

Keep Advent. St. Nicholas Day might be a way to gradually introduce Christmas decorating while still observing Advent. Perhaps you hang Christmas stockings on St. Nicholas Day or make your plans for giving to others in need this season.

Prayers for Friday,
December 4, 2020

The Spirit and the church cry out:
Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.
All those who await his appearance pray:
Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.
The whole creation pleads:
Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.

We continue to pray for those suffering from Covid-19. We lift up healthcare workers including first responders, hospital staffs, local physician office staffs, nursing home staffs, home care support personnel, family caregivers and all providing love and support to those who are ill.

We also lift up emergency workers especially fire service personnel who are dealing with new life-threatening forest fires in Southern California.

Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.

Prayer: Opening dialogue from "The Great O Antiphons: A Service for Advent" sundaysandseasons.com © 2020 Augsburg Fortress, Augsburg Fortress Liturgies Annual License SAS006505

Prayers for Thursday,
December 3, 2020

During these weeks of waiting and expecting,
where people live in fear of the unknown,
we pray for peace.

Where people are confused
about your will for their lives or for the world,
we pray for clarity.

Where people doubt
your presence and your word,
we pray for trust.

Where people are curious,
and await the future
with hopeful anticipation,
we pray for wonder.

Most of all,
when the world longs for you,
we pray you help us respond
with glad tidings of comfort and joy.

We pray all this in the name of Jesus,
our long-expected Savior.
Amen.

Prayers: From Sundays and Seasons Advent service: "Tidings of Comfort and Joy"
© 2020 Augsburg Fortress, Augsburg Fortress Liturgies Annual License SAS006505.

Prayer for Wednesday,
December 2, 2020

Slow us down, O God,
as we journey to Bethlehem.
As we breathe in
the calming presence of Christ,
open our hearts to ways
that make peace.

Help us bring peace
to the dinner table,
to harried salespeople,
to the work place,
to school,
to online meetings,
to anxious friends and family members
and to our troubled hearts.

As we journey
this Advent season and beyond,
let us diligently follow in the footsteps
of the greatest peacemaker
the world has ever known,
Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace.
Amen.

Prayer: Adapted for 2020 from “An Advent Prayer of Peace” by Melanie Silva,
ALIVE NOW November/December 2013 issue, p, 30.

Prayer for Tuesday,
December 1, 2020

Awake! Awake,
and greet the new morn,
for angels herald its dawning.
Sing out your joy,
for soon he is born,
behold! the Child of our longing.
Come as a baby weak and poor,
to bring all hearts together,
he opens wide the heav'nly door
and lives now inside us forever.

Rejoice, rejoice,
take heart in the night,
though dark the winter and cheerless,
the rising sun
shall crown you with light,
be strong and loving and fearless.
Love be our song
and love our prayer
and love our endless story;
may God fill ev'ry day we share
and bring us at last into glory.

In 1983 liturgical composer Marty Haugen wrote both words & music for this popular Advent hymn. His purpose was to provide an easy congregational chorale using the images from Isaiah 12:6, 26:9, 35:6 and Matthew 11:5.

Prayer: Verse 1 & 4 from “Awake! Awake, and Greet the New Morn” by Marty Haugen,
© 1983 GIA Publications, Inc., One License #A700246

Prayer for Monday,
November 30, 2020

Stir up your power, Lord Christ, and come.
As darkness falls,
may we watch for your light.
Keep us awake and alert to your coming
and strengthen us to the end,
that we may be blameless
on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Amen.

Prayer: From Watch, Wait, Wonder and Worship Advent Service, sundaysandseasons.com © 2020 Augsburg Fortress, Liturgies Annual License: SAS006505

Prayer for the first Sunday in Advent,
November 29, 2020

Blessed are you, O God.
Wake us up
so that we are ready
to greet our Lord Jesus
when he comes,
and prepare us
to welcome him
into our hearts and homes.
Amen.

Prayer: From ELCA Worship, Worship in the Home Resources, https://blogs.elca.org/worship/3067/

Prayer for Saturday,
November 28, 2020

Lord,
just as your love knows no bounds
and finds endless ways to reveal itself,
so help us to express a gratitude
too deep for words.
Help us to learn
to reveal our thanksgiving
in the countless ways there are
to love others,
to provide for those in need,
to serve where service is rare.
Amen.

Prayer: Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals, © 2010 Zondervan, p. 535.

Prayer for Friday,
November 27, 2020

O God,
in you we live and move
and have our being.
Guide and govern us in this day
by your Holy Spirit,
that in all the cares
and occupations of our life
we may not forget you,
but remember that always
we are walking in your sight;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Prayer: Daily Prayer: Responsive Prayer, ELW, Augsburg Fortress, p. 330.

Prayers for Thursday,
November 26, 2020

Great and generous God,
visit our homes on Thanksgiving Day.
When we are separated
from loved ones,
embrace us with your care.
Keep gatherings safe.
Even in our reduced celebrations,
give us voices to offer thanks to you
for your perpetual blessings.

A brief silence.

Great and healing God,
we beg for an end
to the earth’s pandemic.
Bring healing to the millions
who are suffering from the coronavirus:
any who are sick, dying,
despairing, isolated, unemployed,
and all exhausted medical workers.
We give thanks for the researchers
tirelessly working on vaccines
and ask for guidance in the delivery
of these vaccines to all your people.

A brief silence.

Great and gracious God,
show your loving power to all
who are in need.
Equip us to feed the hungry,
to provide clean water for the thirsty,
to welcome the stranger,
to clothe the naked,
to care for the sick,
to visit the prisoners.

A brief silence.

These petitions we ask
through your Son, Jesus Christ,
our Savior and Lord.
Amen.

Prayer: Adapted from “Worship in the Home: November 22, 2020,” www.blogs.elca.org

Prayer for Wednesday,
November 25, 2020

Gracious and merciful God,
slow to anger, rich in love,
we bless your name
and give you thanks.
In our need,
you make haste to help us.
You plant us
beside streams of your wisdom,
teach us in pastures
greening with truth,
and guide us
on the path of your promise.
By your Spirit awaken our faith,
that, feasting on your Word,
we may love you more fully
and serve our neighbor more faithfully;
through Jesus Christ,
our Savior and Lord.
Amen.

Prayer: Service of the Word: Supplemental Materials,
Updated 11/5/2020 © 2020 Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Prayer for Tuesday,
November 24, 2020

Merciful God,
nothing can separate us from you.
When the distance between you and us
seems unbearable,
help us to move closer to you,
knowing that by your mercy
you are never beyond our reach.
Amen.

Prayer: Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals,
© 2010 by Zondervan, p. 281.

Prayer for Monday,
November 23, 2020

God of the changing seasons,
the winter trees stand naked,
graceful against a cold, crisp sky,
lines etched like lace,
full of promise.

God of the changing seasons,
let me see the beauty in simple things
and hold me as I disencumber myself,
striving for simplicity
that is graceful, joyous
and full of promise.
Open me to the wisdom
that comes from maturity.
Amen.

Prayer: Rev. Larry J. Peacock, “Openings: A Daybook of Saints, Sages, Psalms and Prayer Practices, 2nd Ed., © 2014 SkyLight Paths Publishing, p. 319.

Prayer for
November 22, 2020,
Christ the King Sunday:

Beautiful Savior,
King of creation,
Son of God and Son of Man!
Truly I'd love thee,
truly I'd serve thee,
light of my soul,
my joy, my crown.

Beautiful Savior,
Lord of the nations,
Son of God
and Son of Man!
Glory and honor,
praise, adoration,
now and forevermore
be thine!
Amen.

Prayer: Beautiful Savior, Gesangbuch, Münster, 1677; tr. Joseph A. Seiss, 1823-1904.

Prayer for Saturday,
November 21, 2020

O Lord,
your word is a lamp
unto our feet
and a light for our pathways.
Stay with us today
as we walk in your word
and in your world.
Amen.

Prayer: Based on Psalm 119:105 by JHS.

Prayer for Friday,
November 20, 2020

O God of many names,
lover of all peoples:
We pray for peace
in our hearts and homes,
in our nations and in our world;
the peace of your will,
the peace of our need.
Amen.

Prayer: From Midday Prayer, A New Zealand Prayer Book, Harper Collins, p. 161.

Prayer for Thursday,
November 19, 2020

Loving God,
help us
to focus on what we have,
not on what is removed or changed.

Strengthen us
when we feel discouraged
or overwhelmed.

Embrace us
so that us we know your loving presence
within us and among us.

Walk with us
as we bring your love,
and carry your light,
into our world.
Amen.

Prayer: Sandra Lucas, MDiv. BCC, “Prayers During the Coronavirus Pandemic”, https://www.xavier.edu/.../prayer-index/coronavirus-prayers

Prayer for Wednesday,
November 18, 2020

Joyous Light…

You who made the heaven's splendor,
ev'ry dancing star of night,
make us shine with gentle justice,
let us each reflect your light.

Mighty God of all creation,
gentle Christ who lights our way,
loving Spirit of salvation,
lead us on to endless day.
Amen.

Text: Joyous Light of Heavenly Glory, Greek hymn, 3rd century, verse 3,
paraphrased by Marty Haugen, © 1987 GIA Publications, Inc.,
One License.net A-700246.
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Prayer for Tuesday,
November 17, 2020

Joyous Light...

In the stars that grace the darkness,
in the blazing sun of dawn,
in the light of peace and wisdom,
we can hear your quiet song.
Love that fills the night with wonder,
love that warms the weary soul,
love that bursts all chains asunder,
set us free and make us whole.
Amen.

Prayer: Joyous Light of Heavenly Glory, Greek hymn, 3rd century, verse 2,
paraphrased by Marty Haugen, © 1987 GIA Publications, Inc.,
One License.net A-700246.

Prayer for Monday,
November 16, 2020

Joyous light of heav'nly glory,
loving glow of God's own face,
you who sing creation's story,
shine on ev'ry land and race.

Now as evening falls around us,
we shall raise our songs to you.
God of daybreak,
God of shadows,
come and light our hearts anew.
Amen.

Prayer: Joyous Light of Heavenly Glory, Greek hymn, verse 1, 3rd century,
paraphrased by Marty Haugen, © 1987 GIA Publications, Inc.,
One License.net A-700246.

Prayer for Sunday,
November 15, 2020

Almighty God,
your sovereign purpose
brings salvation to birth.
Give us faith to be steadfast
amid the tumults of this world,
trusting that your kingdom comes
and your will is done;
through your Son, Jesus Christ,
our Savior and Lord.
Amen.

Prayer: Evangelical Lutheran Worship, p. 53.

Prayer for Saturday,
November 14, 2020

Lord God,
You have declared
that your kingdom is among us.
Open our eyes to see it,
our ears to hear it,
our hearts to hold it,
our hands to serve it.
This we pray in Jesus’ name.
Amen.

Prayer: The Worship Sourcebook, 2nd Edition, © 2013,
Faith Alive Christian Resources, p. 143.
.

Prayer for Friday,
November 13, 2020

Gracious God,
Your word of peace stills the storms
that rage in our world.
Bring hope to places
including North Carolina
that know devastation from flooding
as a result of Hurricane Eta.
Bring comfort to those who grieve
the loss of loved ones and property.
Let your love be known through those
who work to bring order in the chaos.
Help us to shoulder
the burden of suffering
and make us bearers of the hope
that can be found in you.
Through Jesus Christ,
our Savior and Lord.
Amen.

Prayer: Adapted from Evangelical Lutheran Worship: Occasional Services for the Assembly, page 394.

Prayer for Thursday,
November 12, 2020

God before me,
God behind me,
God above me,
God beneath me.

I on your path, O God.
You, O God, on my way.
in the twisting of the road,
in the currents of the river.

Be with me by day,
be with me by night,
be with me by day and by night.

Prayer: Celtic Prayers from IONA edited by J. Philip Newell, Paulist Press, 1997, p. 28.

Prayer for Wednesday,
November 11, 2020

Almighty God,
we commend
to your gracious care and keeping
all the men and women of our armed forces
at home and abroad.
Defend them day by day
with your heavenly grace;
strengthen them
in their trials and temptations;
give them courage
to face the perils that surround them;
and grant them a sense
of your abiding presence
wherever they may be;
through Jesus Christ,
our Savior and Lord. Amen.

Prayer: Evangelical Lutheran Worship, p. 77.

Prayer for Tuesday,
November 10, 2020

God of Mercy and Grace,

We come to you trusting that you are our refuge and our strength, our very present help in trouble.

We continue to pray for people who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and for the family and medical staff who surround them in care.

We pray for those who are most vulnerable to this disease, whether from underlying health conditions or other contributing factors. May they rest in your peace and protection.

We pray for healthcare workers and people on the front lines of this disease. Keep them healthy; keep them safe.

It is in the strong name of Jesus that we do pray. Amen.

Prayer: Adapted from Bread for the World,
https://www.bread.org/blog/prayer-healing-covid-19

Prayer for Monday,
November 9, 2020

O Holy One of wisdom,
throughout human history
and today among us here,
you call us to walk
the paths of justice and peace.
We praise you, O God of truth,
for your precious words.
Grant that sheltered
under their richness
as under the tree of life,
we live in gratitude
and faithfulness,
through Jesus Christ,
your Word and our Wisdom,
now and forever.
Amen.

Prayer: Based on Prov. 3:13-18; 8:1-21 from General Use prayers
in “Service of the Word, Supplemental Materials for Thanksgiving”
© 2020 Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
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Prayer for Sunday,
November 8, 2020

Sovereign God,
your Son Jesus
lived within the structures of society
even as he spoke truth to those in power
and challenged systems of oppression.
Empower us to be
courageous disciples
and responsible citizens.
Grant that our life in the public realm
be grounded in the love for our neighbors,
care for the most vulnerable in our midst
and respect for the common life we share,
following the example of
Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.
Amen.

Prayer: From ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton’s Election Message,
November 4, 2020, https://elca.org/News-and-Events/8077

Prayer for Saturday,
November 7, 2020

Guide and Friend
of every seeking heart,
you take upon yourself
all that burdens our lives:
our days of doubt,
our divided hearts,
our physical weaknesses
and that fear of the future
which is often our companion.
And you transfigure them,
freeing us of all
that weighs us down.

Lord of the perplexed,
enable us today to rediscover
your amazing truth -
that in your strength
we truly can begin to walk anew
with lightened steps
and clearer vision,
moving from the shadows
into the clear, flowing waters
of your healing, gentle grace.
Amen.

Prayer: An IONA Prayer Book, Peter Millar, Canterbury Press, (C) 1998, p. 53.

Prayer for Friday,
November 6, 2020

O Jesus,
be the canoe that holds me up
in the sea of life;
Be the rudder that keeps me
in a straight road;
Be the outrigger that supports me
in times of temptation.
Let your Spirit be my sail
that carries me through each day.
Keep my body strong,
so that I may paddle steadfastly
on the voyage of life.
Amen.

Prayer: # 876, An Islander's prayer from Melanesia, (c) 1995, The New Century Hymnal, The Pilgrim Press, Cleveland, Ohio.

Prayer for Thursday,
November 5, 2020

O God,
grant us your peace,
comfort, and patience
in this time of uncertainty.
Help us to wait well;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Prayer: Verse & Voice 11-4-20, Sojourners Prayer of the Day, (C) 2020, www.sojo.net

Prayer for Wednesday,
November 4, 2020

God, our refuge and strength,
you have bound us together
in a common life.
In all our conflicts,
help us to confront one another
without hatred or bitterness,
to listen for your voice
amid competing claims,
and to work together
with mutual forbearance
and respect;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Prayer: Evangelical Lutheran Worship, p. 76.

Prayer for Tuesday,
November 3, 2020

May there be peace on earth.
May the hearts of all people
be open to themselves
and to each other.
May all people awaken
to the divine light deep within.
May all creation be blessed
and be a blessing to all that is.
Amen.

Prayer: "Praying for the Earth" prayer from Openings: A Daybook of Saints, Psalms, and Prayers © 2003 by Larry James Peacock.

Prayer for Monday,
November 2, 2020

O God, you crafted the universe as a divine tapestry in which the well-being of the entire cosmos is forever intertwined. In this election season, give us hearts and minds focused on nurturing all that you have made. Forgive us when we are unjust or accept unjust behavior in our leaders. Remind us of your call to not withdraw from the world, but to be in the world as your very own broken and beloved people. Ignite in us a passion for the welfare of those who are most vulnerable, and empower us to lead with a love that reflects your love revealed in Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen.

Prayer: Worship Resources for a National Election, Worship Resources, www.elca.org

Prayer for Sunday,
November 1, 2020

Lord,
your saints come
from every nation and every tribe.
Such is the beauty of your kingdom,
where every race and people
are honored and recognized
as being made in your image.
Help us live lives
of peace and reconciliation
that pay homage to the diversity
of your great cloud of witnesses.
Amen.

Prayer: Common Prayer~A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals, p. 505.

Prayers of Intercession,
Reformation Day,
Saturday, October 31, 2020

Living in the gift of baptismal grace, let us pray for the church, the world, and all who long to experience God's compassionate love.

Continue to reform and renew your church, O God, that it may be a beacon of hope, a sign of grace, a voice of prophetic truth, and a worker of justice.
God of steadfast love,
hear our prayer.

Our broken world longs for peace, economic opportunity, and healthy living conditions. Pour your blessing upon all nations and peoples, that all may share in the goodness you intend for your creation.
God of steadfast love,
hear our prayer.

Gracious God, you call us into freedom, and yet we continually choose the bondage of sin. Draw us ever more powerfully into the truth of Jesus Christ who died and rose again to free us from the slavery of sin.
God of steadfast love,
hear our prayer.

O Holy One, our refuge and strength, be a very present help to all who suffer in any way in spirit, mind, or body epecially those suffering from the coronavirus, racial injustice, wildfires, hurricanes, tropical storms and election anxieties.
God of steadfast love,
hear our prayer.

As we recall those who have raised faithful and courageous voices on behalf of your church, we now give thanks for all who serve faithfully in your church today.
God of steadfast love,
hear our prayer.

Accept our thanks for the witness of all who have blazed the path of faith ahead of us, and keep us true to that way.
God of steadfast love,
hear our prayer.

Listen as we call on you, O God, and enfold in your loving arms all for whom we pray, in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Prayer: Adapted from Sundays & Seasons, 2005 edition, Annual License #SAS006505.

Prayer for Friday,
October 30, 2020

Lord God,
our hands are open to you.
Our ears are listening to you.
Our eyes are watching you.
Our hearts are trying
to beat with yours.
Live in us
and love others
through us today.
Amen.

Prayer : Common Prayer~A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals, p. 370.

Prayer for Thursday,
October 29, 2020

Gracious God,
bring peace and aid
to those in need today.
We remember those recovering
from Tropical Storm Zeta
in Louisiana and surrounding states.
Be present in our cities
all over the world
especially Philadelphia and Nice, France.
Comfort and heal all who suffer from
violence, grief, sickness
and the loss of family members.
Gather us under your wings
and fulfill your promise
to be with us in trouble.
Through Christ, our Lord.
Amen.

Prayer: Inspired by prayers from the Gulf Coast Synod Disaster Prep & Recovery webpage.

Prayer for Wednesday,
October 28, 2020

Sweet Lord,
save us.
Heal all that is broken
in our lives,
in our streets,
and in our world.
Amen.

Prayer: Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals, Zondervan, 2010, p. 420.

Prayer for Tuesday,
October 27, 2020

Ever-living God,
author of creation,
we give you thanks
for your gift of water
that brings life
and refreshes the earth.
Send your Holy Spirit today,
that we may be renewed
by your loving promise to us,
to those who are near and far,
and to all creation. Amen.

Prayer: From "Rejoice Now All the Earth" liturgy, www.lutheranworld.org
Photo: Ossipee Lake view from the boathouse, October 26, 2020.

Blessing for Monday,
October 26, 2020

God be your comfort,
your strength;
God be your hope
and support;
God be your light
and your way;
and the blessing of God,
Creator, Redeemer
and Giver of life,
remain with you now
and forever.
Amen.

Prayer: A New Zealand Prayer Book, Harper Collins, 1989, p. 745.

Prayer for Sunday,
October 25, 2020

O God of justice and love,
draw us ever closer
into your community
that we may love one another
and work with one another
in ways that mirror your care
and unending love.
Amen.

Prayer: Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals, p. 499.

Prayer for Saturday,
October 24, 2020

O Holy One of wisdom,
throughout human history
you call us to walk the paths
of justice and peace.
We praise you, O God of truth,
for your precious words.
Grant that sheltered
under their richness
as under the tree of life,
we live in gratitude and faithfulness,
through Jesus Christ,
your Word and our Wisdom,
now and forever.
Amen.

Prayer: Based on Prov. 3:13-18; 8:1-21,
Supplemental Materials for Service of the Word,
https://elca.org/Resources/Worship#Liturgy

Prayer for Friday,
October 23, 2020

O God, our refuge and strength,
we continue to pray
for those places, people, and animals
affected by wildfires in the western states.
We are mindful of those
in the wake of raging wildfires
especially our sister camp,
Sky Ranch Lutheran Camp in northern Colorado.
Grant safety
in the midst of chaos and fear;
grant strength
to those affected as they recover and rebuild;
grant courage and hope
to face the future;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Prayer: Adapted from Northwest Washington Synod website.
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Prayer for Thursday,
October 22, 2020

God,
our peace and our strength,
we pray for our nation and the world
as we continue to face the coronavirus.
Protect the most vulnerable among us,
especially all who are currently sick or in isolation.
Grant wisdom, patience,
and clarity to health care workers,
especially as their work caring for others
puts them at great risk.
Give us courage to face these days
not with fear but with compassion,
concern, and acts of service,
trusting that you abide with us always;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Prayer: Adapted from Prayers for Times of Public Health Concern: COVID-19/Coronavirus, www.elca.org

Prayer for Wednesday,
October 21, 2020

Sovereign God,
your Son Jesus lived
within the structures of society
even as he spoke truth to those in power
and challenged systems of oppression.

Empower us
to be courageous disciples
and responsible citizens.
Grant that our life in the public realm
be grounded in love for our neighbors,
care for the most vulnerable in our midst,
and respect for the common life we share,
following the example of Jesus Christ,
our Savior and Lord.
Amen.

Prayer: From forthcoming worship book "All Creation Sings" Augsburg Fortress, 2020.

Prayer for Tuesday,
October 20, 2020

We give you thanks, O God,
that through water and the Holy Spirit
you give us new birth,
cleanse us from sin,
and raise us to eternal life.
Stir up in your people
the gift of your Holy Spirit:
the spirit of wisdom
and understanding,
the spirit of counsel and might,
the spirit of knowledge
and the fear of the Lord,
the spirit of joy in your presence
both now and forever.
Amen.

Prayer: From Affirmation of Baptism, Evangelical Lutheran Worship, page 237.

Prayer for Monday,
October 19, 2020

Gracious God,
We pray for all ministries of healing:
that hospitals and clinics
receive adequate resources;
that medical care be improved
in neighborhoods of poverty,
in prisons, and in refugee camps;
that physicians and nurses be upheld;
that kindly hospice care
be available to the dying;
and that that all health care providers
working with coronavirus patients
are strengthened, encouraged and safe;
through Jesus Christ, your Son,
our healer.
Amen.

Prayer: Adapted from ELCA Worship Blog, remembering Luke, Physician & Evangelist, October 18, 2020.

Prayer for Sunday,
October 18, 2020

God of love,
Where there is cruelty,
may we model your kindness.
Where there is despair,
may we model your hope.
Where there is anxiety,
may we model your comfort.
Where there is loneliness,
may we model your presence.
And where there is strife,
may we model your peace;
through your Son,
Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Prayer: Adapted from Alydia Smith, from Parables, Prayers, and Promises, www.united-church.ca/prayers/prayer-hospitality

Prayer for Saturday,
October 17, 2020

God of compassion,
you have given us Jesus Christ,
the great physician,
who made the broken whole
and healed the sick.
Touch our wounds,
relieve our hurts,
and restore us to wholeness of life,
through the same Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Prayer: Book of Common Prayer © 2018 Westminster John Knox Press.

Prayer for Friday,
October 16, 2020

In times of difference
and division,
save us from rancor
and meanness, O God.
Help us focus ourselves on things
that are excellent and worthy.
Make us witnesses
to your way of justice
and righteousness.
Transform us and
transform the world,
we pray.
Amen.

Prayer: Hans Holznagel, inspired by Psalm 106:1-6, 19-23
and Philippians 4:1-19, www.ministrymatters.com

Prayer for Thursday,
October 15, 2020

Lord,
Open unto me –
light for my darkness.
Open unto me –
courage for my fear.
Open unto me –
hope for my despair.
Open unto me –
peace for my turmoil.
Open unto me –
joy for my sorrow.
Open unto me -
strength for my weakness.
Open unto me –
wisdom for my confusion
Open unto me –
forgiveness for my sins.
Open unto me –
love for my hates.
Open unto me –
thy Self for my self.
Lord, Lord, open unto me!
Amen.

Prayer: by Howard Thurman, https://urbansimplicity.net/.../five-or-seven-quotes-and...

Prayer for Wednesday,
October 14, 2020

Lord,
grant us the ability
to think with your mind,
to hear with your ears,
to see with your eyes,
to speak with your mouth,
to walk with your feet,
to love with your heart.
We ask this through
Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Prayer: Common Prayer ~ A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals, page 361.

Prayer for Tuesday,
October 13, 2020

Lord of every mountain top,
thank you for the beauty
and mystery of creation
and for all new horizons.
Amen.

Prayer: An Iona Prayer Book, edited by Peter Millar, page 100.

Prayer for Monday,
October 12, 2020

Triune God,
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,
we come before you
as many parts of a single body.
people drawn from every tribe,
every nation, every language;

some indigenous—
peoples of the land;
some refugees, immigrants, pilgrims—
people on the move;
some hosts, some guests,
some both hosts and guests;
all of us searching
for an eternal place
where we can belong.

Creator, forgive us.
The earth is yours
and everything that is in it.
But we forget.
In our arrogance
we think we own it.
In our greed
we think we can steal it.
In our ignorance
we worship it.
In our thoughtlessness
we destroy it.
We forget
that you created the earth
to bring praise and joy to you.
That you gave it as a gift,
for us to steward,
for us to enjoy,
for us to see more clearly
your beauty and your majesty.

Jesus, save us.

We wait for your kingdom.
We long for your throne.
We hunger for your reconciliation,
for that day where people
from every tribe and every tongue
will gather around you
and sing your praises.

Holy Spirit, teach us.
Help us to remember
that the body is made up
of many parts,
each one unique
and every one necessary.
Teach us to embrace the discomfort
that comes from our diversity
and to celebrate the fact
that we are unified,
not through our sameness,
but through the blood
of our Lord and Savior,
Jesus Christ.

Triune God, we love you.
Your creation is beautiful.
Your salvation is merciful.
And your wisdom is beyond compare.

We pray all this in Jesus’s name.
Amen.

Prayer: Mark Charles, www.findingsolace.org;

Prayer for Sunday,
October 11, 2020

Lord God,
time and again you provide for us
with your near, ready, and sure love.
Give us eyes to recognize
that all goodness and joy
are from your hand,
that we may praise you
with our lives,
forever and ever.
Amen.

Prayer: "Common Prayer ~ A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals" p. 344.

Prayer for Saturday,
October 10, 2020

Guide us, O God,
by your Word and Spirit,
that in your light
we may see light,
in your truth
find freedom,
and in your will
discover peace,
through Jesus Christ,
our Lord. Amen.

Prayer: The Worship Sourcebook, Faith Alive Christian Resources, p. 141.

Prayer for Friday,
October 9, 2020

Gracious God,
you are our refuge and strength,
a very present help
in time of trouble.

As Hurricane Delta arrives
to those still recovering
from Hurricane Laura in Louisiana
& surrounding communities,
reveal your presence
so that all may know
your healing, hope, and love.

As one community on earth
bound together by your grace,
inspire us to pray, serve,
and help all those who suffer;
through Jesus Christ,
our Savior and Lord.
Amen.

Prayer: Adapted from "ELCA Worship Resources: In TImes of Need";

Prayer for Thursday,
October 8, 2020

As you boldly go out in the world today either in person or virtually,
remember that God goes before us and the Holy Spirit leads us.
Take these words from the hymn “Let Us Enter In” with you today.

Let us enter in to the song
of thanksgiving and freedom.
Let us enter in to the long line
of people in need.
Let us enter in to the strong mind
that God is still living.
Healing, forgiving–Let us enter in.

Let us enter in to the place
where our God has preceded.
Let us enter in to the face
of the fear and the pain.
Let us enter in to the grace
of the love when it’s needed.
Death is defeated!
Let us enter in.

Let us enter in to the heart
of a world that is broken.
Let us enter in to the start
of a hope we can share.
Let us enter in to the part
where we call one another
sister and brother.
Let us enter in.

Prayer: Text © 1983 Ray Makeever,
admin. Augsburg Fortress, One License A-700246;
https://blogs.elca.org/worship/2577/

Prayer for Wednesday,
October 7, 2020

God, our refuge and strength,
we pray for the communities
that lie in the paths of wildfires
in the western United States,
especially Sky Ranch,
a Lutheran Outdoor Ministry
site in northern Colorado.
May your healing presence
give them peace and hope
in their time of need.
We ask for your comfort
to those who mourn
and strength
to those working diligently
to contain the fires
and care for affected communities;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Prayer: Adapted from ELCA Lutheran Disaster Response webpage.

To learn more about our sister camp in Colorado and the Cameron Peak Fire go to https://www.skyranchcolorado.org

Prayer for Tuesday,
October 6, 2020

O Christ of the road
of the wounded,
O Christ of the tears
of the broken:
in us and with us
the needs of the world,
grant us our prayers
of loving and hoping;
grant us our prayers
of yearning and healing.
Amen.

Prayer: Celtic Prayers from IONA,
edited J. Philip Newell, page 27.

Prayer for Monday,
October 5, 2020

Almighty God,
your word
bursts forth into our lives
like a glorious sunrise.
You speak,
and our hearts rejoice.
You command,
and our eyes are opened.
The sound of your voice
brings revival to our souls.
Your words are purer
than the finest gold.
True and righteous one,
living Word, light our way.

As we listen to your Spirit this week,
may the words of our mouths
and the thoughts of our hearts
be accepted in your sight, O Lord,
our strength and our redeemer.
Amen.

Prayer: Based on Psalm 19, by Bill Hoppe,
Ministry Matters, October 4, 2020.

Prayer for Sunday,
October 4, 2020

Lord, make us instruments of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let us sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is discord, union;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy.
Amen.

Prayer: Attributed to Francis of Assisi.
Francis had a spirit of gratitude for all of God's creation.

Prayer for Saturday,
October 3, 2020

Gracious and merciful God,
slow to anger, rich in love,
we bless your name
and give you thanks.

In our need,
you make haste to help us.
You plant us beside streams
of your wisdom,
teach us in pastures
greening with truth,
and guide us
on the path of your promise.

By your Spirit awaken our faith,
that, feasting on your Word,
we may love you more fully
and serve our neighbor
more faithfully;
through Jesus Christ,
our Savior and Lord.
Amen.

Prayer: ELCA Worship Blog, October 4, 2020.

Prayer for Friday,
October 2, 2020

God of mercy,
source of all healing,
we give you thanks
for your gifts of strength and life,
and especially for the gift
of your Son, Jesus Christ.

Today we lift up all
who are suffering
from COVID-19
including our country's president
and first lady.
We pray for recoveries
for everyone infected,
all over the world.

Help us all by your Holy Spirit
to feel your power in our lives
and to know your eternal love;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Prayer: Liturgy of Healing (with insertions),
from Sundays and Seasons,
2004 Augsburg Fortress.

Prayer for Thursday,
October 1, 2020

A Prayer for Racial Justice

Save us, O God,
from ourselves,
from racism often cloaked
in pious words,
from the machinations
of white supremacy
hidden in calls for civility,
from micro aggressions
thinly veiled in arrogance,
from apologies
when they don’t give way to action,
from forgiveness
without facing the truth,
from reconciliation
without reparation.

Deliver us, O God,
from expecting siblings of color
to continue to bear
this emotional work,
which is not theirs to do.

Grateful for the long arc
that bends toward justice,
we pray:
Grant us wisdom,
and give us courage
for the facing of these days,
by the power of the Spirit,
all for the sake of the kin-dom
that we share in Christ Jesus.
Amen.

Prayer: Commemoration of the Emanuel Nine
© 2020 Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Prayer for Wednesday,
September 30, 2020

Lord, in these times
when we fear we are losing hope
or feel our efforts are futile,
let us see in our hearts and minds
the image of your resurrection,
and let that be the source
of courage and strength.
With that,
and in your company,
help us face challenges
and struggles against
all that is born of injustice.
Amen.

Prayer: From the Philippines, An IONA Prayer Book, edited by Peter Millar, p. 26.

Prayer for Tuesday,
September 29, 2020

You are always at work
within us, Lord our God,
drawing us into the unity
of the Spirit;
guide our hearts
so that we may be open
in love,
to our brothers,
our sisters,
our siblings,
while always remaining
closely united in you,
through Jesus Christ, our Lord.
Amen.

Prayer: Adapted from A Celtic Primer compiled by Brendan O'Malley, p. 65.

Charge to the People
for Monday, September 28, 2020

Go out into the world in peace;
have courage;
hold on to what is good;
return no one evil for evil;
strengthen the fainthearted;
support the weak,
and help the suffering;
honor all people;
love and serve the Lord,
rejoicing in the power
of the Holy Spirit.
Amen.

Traditional Benediction based on
"Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good." - Romans 12:9-21

Prayer for Sunday,
September 27, 2020

O Lord,
summer and winter
and springtime and harvest,
sun, moon, and stars
in their courses above
join with all nature
in manifold witness
to thy great faithfulness,
mercy, and love.

Great is thy faithfulness!
Great is thy faithfulness!
Morning by morning
new mercies I see;
all I have needed
thy hand hath provided;
great is thy faithfulness,
Lord, unto me!
Amen.

Prayer: Thomas O. Chisholm, 1866-1960 © 1923, 1951 Hope Publishing Co.
One License.net A-700246

Prayer for Saturday,
September 26, 2020

Lord,
let us weep
with those who weep
and refuse to be consoled.
May our tears mix with yours
in a river of justice,
flowing down
like mighty waters,
transforming the world
that is into the one
that ought to be. Amen.

Prayer: Common Prayer~A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals, p. 443.

Prayer for Friday,
September 25, 2020

God,
our refuge and strength,
you have bound us together
in a common life.
In all our conflicts,
help us to confront one another
without hatred or bitterness,
to listen for your voice
amid competing claims,
and to work together
with mutual forbearance and respect;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Prayer: ELW Pastoral Care, page 386.

Prayer for Thursday,
September 24, 2020

O God,
where hearts are fearful and constricted,
grant courage and hope.
Where anxiety is infectious and widening,
grant peace and reassurance.
Where impossibilities close every door and window,
grant imagination and resistance.
Where distrust twists our thinking,
grant healing and illumination.
Where spirits are daunted and weakened,
grant soaring wings and strengthened dreams.
All these things we ask in the name of Jesus Christ, our Savior.
Amen.

Prayer: Evangelical Lutheran Worship, page 76.

Prayer for Wednesday,
September 23, 2020

Lord,
we bring to you our vulnerability,
our wounds, our pain,
and our growth.
By the power
of your forgiving love,
help us also
to become wounded healers.
Amen.

Prayer: "Common Prayer ~ A Litany for Ordinary Radicals" p. 450.

Prayer for Tuesday,
September 22, 2020


Autumn God,
the planet turns
and the earth signals a change.
Open me to transitions
I need to face in my own life.
Be with me in the letting go,
the saying good-bye
to habits, relationships, and plans
that stand in the way of growing.
Deepen my trust as I let go,
like falling leaves,
I will always fall into your embrace.
Amen.

Prayer: Rev. Larry J. Peacock, "Openings: A Daybook of Saints, Sages, Psalms and Prayer Practices", p.287.
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Prayer for Monday,
September 21, 2020

Loving God,
sometimes we need to know
you are with us.
Sometimes we are lonely,
afraid and in pain.
Give us the grace
to know your presence
in the lonely and difficult moments.
Give us the courage
to help those in need
and the grace
to love all people.
May we love our neighbors
as we love ourselves
and be there for them
as you are here for us.
Grant this through
Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Prayer : Mark Bozzuti-Jones, Sing the Faith: Spirituals, Augsburg Fortress, 2002.

Blessing for Sunday,
September 20, 2020

May God give you grace
never to sell yourself short,
grace to risk something big
for something good,
and grace to remember
that the world is too dangerous
for anything but truth
and too small for anything
but love.

The Blessing of God Almighty,
Father, Son + and Holy Spirit
be with us now and
remain with us this day and always.
Amen.

Prayer: William Sloane Coffin, 1924-2006, attributed to Credo © 2004 by Westminster John Knox Press (Service of Prayer and Lament, elca.org)

Blessing for Saturday,
September 19, 2020:

May the peace of the Lord Christ
go with you,
wherever he may send you;
may he guide you
through the wilderness,
protect you through the storm;
may he bring you home rejoicing
at the wonders he has shown you;
may he bring you home rejoicing
once again into our doors.
Amen.

May the peace of the Lord be with you always today, Calumet Nation, and may peace be with our runners, walkers, crew and broadcasters this morning as we finish up Reach the Beach 2.0 today!

Prayer: by Peter Sutcliffe, Northumbria Community, from Common Prayer ~ A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals.
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A Prayer for Friday,
September 18, 2020:

Run by my side, Lord-
live in my heartbeat,
give strength to my steps.
As the cold whirls around me,
as the wind pushes me,
I know you surround me.
As the sun warms me,
as the rain cleanses me,
I know you are touching me,
challenging me, loving me.
And so I give you this run.
Thank you, God,
for matching my stride.
Amen.

Prayers for all our Calumet runners today and tomorrow as they participate in Reach the Beach 2.0 from their hometown streets and roads.

Prayer: From 2015 Calumet RTB photos.
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Prayer for Thursday,
September 17, 2020

Lord Jesus,
you are like a burning light.
Shine in the darkness
and open my eyes
to the surprises
and possibilities
you spread before me.
Amen.

Prayer: Alive Now (Jan/Feb 2008 issue), p. 61.

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Privacy Policy

Adopted by the Calumet Board of Directors October 12, 2006

Calumet's primary responsibility is for the safety and security of our campers . To help meet that responsibility, Calumet has adopted certain policies governing the collection and use of personal information.

This document describes how Calumet handles the personal information we learn about you when you contact us by mail, phone, email, or when you access our web site. Any personally identifying information you provide is voluntary. We use it for program registration, to fulfill requests you make, or to assist us in carrying out our mission.

Collection of Personal Information

Calumet collects your personal information when you register for a program, make a donation, or otherwise voluntarily provide such information. If you contact Calumet, we may keep a record of that correspondence. If you submit a camp application or registration materials, or an application for employment, we will keep those documents on file for at least seven years.

We will use your information to process enrollment requests, orders, and donations, to provide you with information about Calumet programs and services we believe will be of interest to you, and to ask for your support.

In some cases, a third party may be contracted by us to provide a specific service. We will only disclose as much personal information as necessary. For example, when we use the mailing service of our printer to send a Calumet newsletter, we will share only the information necessary for delivery of the newsletter. Any third party with which Calumet shares information has agreed to maintain the confidentiality, security, and integrity of the information.

We may share your information with third parties in other limited circumstances, including when complying with legal process, preventing imminent harm, or ensuring the safety and security of our campers, facilities, and programs. This includes confidential medical information that complies with federal statutes.

Calumet does not sell, rent, or otherwise provide information from our database to third parties except for the reasons stated above.

Online Privacy

Calumet complies with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). For more information about this law, visit www.coppa.org.

Calumet's web site automatically collects and stores anonymous data to determine the number of visitors to different sections of the site, to ensure the site is working properly, and to help us make the site more useful. We do not use this data to track or record information about individuals.

Calumet's web site does not use “cookies” or tracking mechanisms to collect any personally identifying user information. Cookies are used for maintaining user sessions only. You can set your web browser to notify you when you receive a cookie. This enables you to decide if you want to accept it or not.

Calumet's web site contains links to web sites not operated by Calumet Lutheran Ministries. These links are provided for your reference and convenience only and do not imply any endorsement of the activities of these third-party sites or any association with their operators. Calumet does not control these web sites and is not responsible for their practices. We urge you to review the privacy policy posted on any site you visit before using the site or providing any personal information about yourself.

Calumet has taken substantial precautions to ensure security for users of online services. Please be aware, however, that no data transmission over the Internet can be guaranteed secure. Consequently, Calumet cannot ensure or warrant the absolute security of any information that you transmit or provide to Calumet online.

Photographs

From time to time, Calumet takes photographs and video (film and digital) of campers and retreat groups during their participation in Calumet programs. These photographs and video may be used by Calumet in promotional materials.

Calumet will make its best effort to honor any request from a parent to remove a photo of a camper from the web site.

Your Rights

Upon request, Calumet will provide you with access to all information we maintain about you. It is your right to correct any inaccuracies in that information.

You have the right to opt out of any mailings or other contacts from Calumet.

Parents retain these rights on behalf of their minor children.

If you have questions or concerns regarding Calumet's privacy policies, please contact:

Karl Ogren
Executive Director 
Calumet Lutheran Ministries
PO Box 236
West Ossipee, NH 03890-0236
(603) 539-4773 ext. 211
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