February 21, 2015

Prayer for Lent

Posted in Contemporary Prayers, Lent tagged , at 4:45 pm by davebayne

O God, who makes all things new,
new stars, new dust, new life;
take my heart,
every hardened edge and measured beat,
and create something new in me.
I need your newness, God,
the rough parts of me made smooth;
the stagnant, stirred;
the stuck, freed;
the unkind, forgiven.
And then, by the power of your Spirit,
I need to be turned toward Love again. Amen.

From The Awkward Season: Prayers for Lent by Pamela C. Hawkins
(Nashville, TN: Upper Room Books, 2009), 30.


February 27, 2012

True Fasting

Posted in Church Calendar, Lent, prayers from the Bible tagged , , , at 5:00 am by arthur

Isaiah 58

1 “Shout it aloud, do not hold back.
Raise your voice like a trumpet.
Declare to my people their rebellion
and to the descendants of Jacob their sins.
2 For day after day they seek me out;
they seem eager to know my ways,
as if they were a nation that does what is right
and has not forsaken the commands of its God.
They ask me for just decisions
and seem eager for God to come near them.
3 ‘Why have we fasted,’ they say,
‘and you have not seen it?
Why have we humbled ourselves,
and you have not noticed?’

“Yet on the day of your fasting, you do as you please
and exploit all your workers.
4 Your fasting ends in quarreling and strife,
and in striking each other with wicked fists.
You cannot fast as you do today
and expect your voice to be heard on high.
5 Is this the kind of fast I have chosen,
only a day for people to humble themselves?
Is it only for bowing one’s head like a reed
and for lying in sackcloth and ashes?
Is that what you call a fast,
a day acceptable to the LORD?

6 “Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen:
to loose the chains of injustice
and untie the cords of the yoke,
to set the oppressed free
and break every yoke?
7 Is it not to share your food with the hungry
and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter—
when you see the naked, to clothe them,
and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?
8 Then your light will break forth like the dawn,
and your healing will quickly appear;
then your righteousness[a] will go before you,
and the glory of the LORD will be your rear guard.
9 Then you will call, and the LORD will answer;
you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I.

“If you do away with the yoke of oppression,
with the pointing finger and malicious talk,
10 and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry
and satisfy the needs of the oppressed,
then your light will rise in the darkness,
and your night will become like the noonday.
11 The LORD will guide you always;
he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land
and will strengthen your frame.
You will be like a well-watered garden,
like a spring whose waters never fail.
12 Your people will rebuild the ancient ruins
and will raise up the age-old foundations;
you will be called Repairer of Broken Walls,
Restorer of Streets with Dwellings.

13 “If you keep your feet from breaking the Sabbath
and from doing as you please on my holy day,
if you call the Sabbath a delight
and the LORD’s holy day honorable,
and if you honor it by not going your own way
and not doing as you please or speaking idle words,
14 then you will find your joy in the LORD,
and I will cause you to ride in triumph on the heights of the land
and to feast on the inheritance of your father Jacob.”
For the mouth of the LORD has spoken.

February 22, 2012

Ash Wednesday Prayer

Posted in Lent tagged , , , at 5:00 am by arthur

Jesus come and save us,

We are but dust,
We are like ashes,
but you can touch our unclean souls.

Jesus come and forgive us,

Our hearts are heavy,
Our burdens are great,
Cleanse us with the water of life.

Jesus come and heal us,

Restore our sight,
Teach us truth,
Speak to us words that bring us wholeness.

Jesus touch us with your heart of love,

Cleanse us with the water of life,
Restore our sight that we may see,
Teach us truth that we may lead Godly lives.


-Christine Sine


February 21, 2012

Giving Up

Posted in Lent, prayers from the Bible tagged , , at 5:00 am by arthur

Jesus, being in very nature God,
did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
rather, he made himself nothing
by taking the very nature of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
by becoming obedient to death—
even death on a cross!

-Philippians 2:6-8


He gave up everything for us. Such sacrificial love…

April 1, 2011

Lenten Prayer by Walter Brueggemann

Posted in Brueggemann Prayers, Contemporary Prayers, Lent tagged , , at 4:00 am by davebayne

“Loss is indeed our gain”
The pushing and the shoving of the world is endless.
We are pushed and shoved.
And we do our fair share of pushing and shoving
in our great anxiety.
And in the middle of that
you have set down your beloved suffering son
who was like a sheep led to slaughter
who opened not his mouth.
We seem not able,
so we ask you to create the spaces in our life
where we may ponder his suffering
and your summons for us to suffer with him,
suspecting that suffering is the only way to come to newness.
So we pray for your church in these Lenten days,
when we are driven to denial-
not to notice the suffering,
not to engage it,
not to acknowledge it.
So be that way of truth among us
that we should not deceive ourselves.
That we shall see that loss is indeed our gain.
We give you thanks for that mystery from which we live.

Taken from: Awed To Heaven, Rooted In Earth by Walter Brueggemann

March 24, 2011

To Keep a True Lent

Posted in Lent tagged , at 5:00 am by blync77

Is this a Fast to keep
  The larder lean?
  And clean
From fat of veals and sheep?
Is it to quit the dish
  Of flesh, yet still
  To fill
The platter high with fish?
Is it a fast an hour,
  Or ragg’d to go,
  Or show
A down-cast look and sour?
No:  ‘tis a Fast to dole
  Thy sheaf of wheat
  And meat
Unto the hungry soul.
It is to fast from strife
  And old debate,
  And hate;
To circumcise thy life.
To show a heart grief-rent;
  To starve thy sin,
  Not bin;
And that’s to keep thy Lent.
Robert Herrick, 1591-1679
based on Isaiah 58
Help me, oh God of mercy, to keep a true fast, a true lent.

March 14, 2011

giving up

Posted in Lent, prayers i made up tagged , , , at 5:00 am by arthur

I don’t sacrifice to impress you,
nor because you require it.

I give up because I want to strip my life
of everything that comes between us,
and I need to remind myself that I tend to get entangled.

Draw close to me God.
Not because you must, as if I am holding you hostage
by going without food (or anything else).
But because you love me, and I love you.
And I am glad to give up everything for you!


March 9, 2011

Ash Wednesday Prayer

Posted in Church Calendar, Contemporary Prayers, Lent tagged , , , , , , , , at 5:00 am by arthur

We have chosen to fast

Not with ashes but with actions

Not with sackcloth but in sharing

Not in thoughts but in deeds

We will give up our abundance

To share our food with the hungry

We will give up our comfort

To provide homes for the destitute

We will give up our fashions

To see the naked clothed

We will share where others hoard

We will free where others oppress

We will heal where others harm

Then God’s light will break out on us

God’s healing will quickly appear

God will guide us always

God’s righteousness will go before us

We will find our joy in the Lord

We will be like a well watered garden

We will be called repairers of broken walls

Together we will feast at God’s banquet table


-Christine Sine

Ash Wednesday Prayer 2010


March 4, 2011

Litany of Penance for Ash Wednesday

Posted in Book of Common Prayer, Lent tagged , , at 5:00 am by davebayne

Taken from The Book of Common Prayer
(For entire liturgy: http://bookofcommonprayer.net/ash_wed.php)

Most holy and merciful God,
we confess to You and to one another,
and to the whole communion of saints
in Heaven and on Earth,
that we have sinned by our own fault
in thought, word, and deed,
by what we have done,
and by what we have left undone.

We have not loved You with our whole heart;
and mind, and strength.
We have not loved our neighbors as ourselves.
We have not forgiven others,
as we have been forgiven.
Have mercy on us, Lord.

February 26, 2010

Lenten prayer from Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Posted in Lent, prayers from history tagged , , at 5:00 am by davebayne

I Cannot Do This Alone

O God, early in the morning I cry to you.
Help me to pray
And to concentrate my thoughts on you;
I cannot do this alone.
In me there is darkness,
But with you there is light;
I am lonely, but you do not leave me;
I am feeble in heart, but with you there is help;
I am restless, but with you there is peace.
In me there is bitterness, but with you there is patience;
I do not understand your ways,
But you know the way for me….
Restore me to liberty,
And enable me to live now
That I may answer before you and before men.
Lord whatever this day may bring,
Your name be praised.

Taken from: http://godspace.wordpress.com/2010/02/22/a-lenten-prayer-from-dietrich-bonhoeffer/

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