Prayer for the Day

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
Photo: Sun rising over Lincoln and Obama Village Cabins, 9:20am, January 12, 2021 by JHS.

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...
Photo: Flashback to the boating department, August 31, 2012 by JHS.

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...
Photo: Boys' Cabin 1, January 12, 2021 by JHS.

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...
Photos: Village Cabins Sign and Tubman, Marshall & King Village Cabins, January 2021 by JHS.

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.

For more worship resources including music and prayers for this Second Sunday after Epiphany and for Bishop Hazelwood’s Call to Prayer this week, please go to our Sunday Moments worship blog at https://www.calumet.org/about/sundaymoments

Prayer: All Creation Sings (new ELCA Worship Resource), sundaysandseasons.com, Augsburg Fortress Liturgies License SAS006505
Photo: Fresh snow in Conference Center Courtyard, January 16, 2021 by JHS.

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.

Photo: Winter snow on FC summer staff cabin and former FC Store, December 18, 2020 by JHS.

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
Photo: Johnson Hall/Lakeside Dining Hall, January 12, 2021 by JHS.

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.
Photo: Mid morning view of Ossipee Lake from Girls’ Junior End, January 12, 2021 by JHS.

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.
Photo: "Bridge before Shoveling" between the Retreat Lodge/Health Center to ODC Parking Lot, December 2020 courtesy of Todd Scanlon.

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
Photo: Sunset over Ossipee Lake, December 26, 2020 courtesy of John Junkins.

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.

For more prayers, scripture, music and a reflection for this Baptism of Our Lord Sunday, please go to our worship blog at https://www.calumet.org/about/sundaymoments

Prayer: Invocations and Benedictions for the Revised Common Lectionary, edited by John M. Drescher, © 1998 Abingdon Press, p. 62.
Photo: Winter sunrise over Ossipee Lake, Winter 2020 courtesy of Mindy Olson.

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.
Photo: Ossipee Lake and swing near the Staff House, December 29, 2020 by JHS.

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.
Photo: Girls’ Senior End cabins, January 6, 2021 courtesy of John Junkins.

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.
Photo: Boat House, December 2020 courtesy of Adrien Groleau.

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.
Photo: FC Beach, December 29, 2020 courtesy of John Junkins.

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
Photo: Road between the athletic fields, December 2020 by JHS.

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.
Photo: Memorial Chapel memory, January 2018 by JHS.

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.
Photo: View of the Moon over Ossipee Lake, December 29, 2020, courtesy of Adrien Groleau.

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
Photo: Archery Shed, December 29, 2020 by JHS.

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.
Photo: Ossipee Lake view from Girls' Junior End, December 29, by JHS.

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...
Photo: Swimming Department in winter; December 29, 2020 by JHS.

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.
Photo: Girls' Senior End, December 29, 2020, courtesy of Adrien Groleau.

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.
Photo: Unexpected snow flurries, Conference Center courtyard,
December 28, 2020 by JHS.

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
Photo: Calumet chipmunk on a winter afternoon, December 3, 2020 courtesy of John Junkins.

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/
Photo: FC Campground Barn, December 18, 2020 by JHS.

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
Photo: Conference Center parking lot trees, December 2020 by JHS.

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.
Photo: Calumet's Boathouse, December 2020
courtesy of Adrien Groleau.

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.
Photo: Conference Center, December 2020 by JHS.

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.
Photo: Winter solstice on Ossipee Lake, December 21, 2020
courtesy of Carol McConkey.
Note the cross in the reflection on the water.

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
Photo: Family Campground, December 18, 2020 by JHS.

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;
Photo: Ossipee Lake morning, December 18, 2020 courtesy of Adrien Groleau.

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/
Photo: Outdoor Chapel, December 10, 2020 by JHS.

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.
Photo: Late afternoon view of Ossipee Lake on the day of the big storm,
December 17, 2020, courtesy of Adam Fales.

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/
Photo: The Cottage at night after first big storm, December 17, 2020,
courtesy of Adrien Groleau.

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
Photo: Boat House on Ossipee Lake, December 7, 2020 by JHS.

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
Photo: Waterfront campfire benches, December 11, 2020 by JHS.

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.
Photo: Setting sun in the corner of a Luther Hall window, December 5, 2020 captured by John Junkins.

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
Photo: Footbridge to the Soccer Field, December 2020 by JHS.

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.
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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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