8/6/20

Pause for Prayer: THURSDAY 8/6

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On August 6 the Church celebrates the Feast of the Transfiguration when Jesus hiked to the top of Mount Tabor with his friends, Peter, James and John.  On the mountain top, Jesus was transfigured before their eyes and they had a glimpse of the glory of Christ the Lord. 

We're not in Israel, Lord, 
and Mount Tabor's no where in sight
- so where might you take me today, Lord,
to give me a glimpse of your glory?

Will you walk me around my neighborhood
and let your light shine on the place where I live,
on my home, my neighbors, my town?

Will you sit with me on my porch,
on my doorstep or in my backyard,
with the glow of your grace warming my heart?

Will you find us a quiet corner
and spend some time with me there,
the light of your face chasing shadows away?

Will we go for a ride to the woods or a field,
to a Tabor nearby or the shore,
where nature's shot through with your luster?

Will I just close my eyes and open my heart
in a moment of prayer and reflection
while your radiance illumes my soul? 

We're not in Israel, Lord, 
and Mount Tabor's no where in sight
- so where might you take me today, Lord,
to give me a glimpse of your glory?

Amen.


  

  
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8/5/20

NIGHT PRAYER: Wednesday 8/5



Sometimes, Lord, the way people talk these days,
you might think the pandemic was the only problem
troubling and messing up our lives
- but that's not the case!

All our pre-pandemic problems still weigh heavy
on our shoulders and in our hearts
- in fact, many feel even more burdened now
as the virus adds to our worries
and drains the energy we need to keep us going...

So at the end of this day, Lord, 
I'm praying for all the people who carry a backpack of burdens,
under Corona's cloud...

I'm praying for those who are sick with all manner of ailments 
and especially for the chronically or terminally ill
- and I'm praying for those who love them,
who care for them, who attend to their needs
and who feel helpless in the face of illness:
   send the anointing of your Spirit, Lord,
   to heal us in mind and body, in heart and soul...

And I'm praying for those living in troubled families,
in broken families, in families where parents or children or siblings
are estranged, lost, shunned or forgotten:
   send the power of your Spirit, Lord,
   to mend what we've broken and torn asunder,
   send your Spirit to bring unity
   where we've alienated and divided ourselves...

And I'm praying for those who are always unsure of tomorrow,
who live with anxiety and fear, who don't know which way to go,
what choice or decision to make:
   send the power of your Spirit, Lord,
   to make firm the hearts and strong the will
   of those who need to lean on you
   for help, support and comfort...

And I'm praying for the poor around the world, Lord,
those in need at home and abroad,
those at greater risk of the virus because they have so little
to protect themselves with health care 
and nourish themselves with fresh food and clean water:
   send your Spirit, Lord,
   to stir in the hearts of us who have so much more than we need
   and make us generous, very generous, in reaching out to others...

I'm praying for those who need work,
for the unemployed, the laid off, the furloughed,
for all who are struggling to make ends meet,
to pay the bills, put food on the table
and provide for those who are in their care:
   send your Spirit's gentle patience, Lord,
   to sustain and comfort those who wait for work
   - and those who are overworked and in need of rest...

I pray tonight for those who cry, Lord,
those whose souls weep in tears of prayer
   for loved ones lost,
   for family and friends in trouble,
   for hopes and dreams not met,
   for the slow passing of lonely nights and days,
   for memories of painful days
   and those of joy - but now a long time gone:
      send your Spirit, Lord, to wipe away their tears
      and fill their hearts with the healing peace and joy
      of your presence deep within...

And I'm praying for our nation, Lord,
and for any, on either side of the aisle, who might use the pandemic
for political and selfish pursuit:
   send the wisdom of your Spirit, Lord,
   to make us a people of principle, integrity and honor,
   determined to seek the truth for the benefit of all...

And, Lord, I pray at the end of this day for all those
who seek but have trouble finding you,
who believe but have difficulty in understanding you,
whose faith in you waits for affirmation,
whose hope in you is diminished by disappointment,
whose love for you aches for a sign of your love in return:
   send the life-giving breath of your spirit, Lord,
   to open our minds to your counsel,
   our hearts to your presence,
   and our souls to your merciful love,
   to the grace and the peace we long for...

At the end of this day, as we lay down our burdens, 
send us your Spirit, Lord
and protect us while we're still awake
and watch over us when we fall asleep
that awake, we might keep watch with you
and asleep, rest in your peace...

Amen.


Send Us Your Spirit by Dan Schutte, sung by Chris Brunelle


Send us your spirit, O Lord.
Evening enfolds us and holds us too near.
Wake the morning light.
Make our living bright.
Shine on our darkness, O Lord

Hold us with mercy, O Lord.
Sorrow has spoken, has broken our hearts.
Clothe us in your care.
Be the life we bear. Feed us and fill us, O Lord.

Teach us your wisdom, O Lord.
Shadows have clouded, have crowded our sight.
Give us hearts that see. Set our loving free.
Hear us and help us, O Lord.

Send us good summer, O Lord.
Winters have chilled us and stilled us too long.
Give us love's own fire. Be our true desire.
Send us your spirit, O Lord.


  

  
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Recap of Sunday's mass and an invite for August 9




  

  
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Pause for Prayer: WEDNESDAY 8/5






  

  
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8/4/20

NIGHT PRAYER: Tuesday 8/4



So much of my spiritual life, Lord,
is discovered - in retrospect...

I so often feel completely lost,
not sure of where I'm going
or where you might be calling me...

I wonder where you are in my life...

It's then that my greatest surety lies in looking back
and seeing how you've always been there,
how you've never left my side,
how you've guided my every step
even - and especially - when I was lost
or when I'd fallen flat on my face:
you were there, you were still there,
you are always there
and you always will be,
day after day, week after week,
year after year...

In all times, Lord, you've been faithful to me,
even - and especially - when I've been unfaithful to you:
even then you've been there
as you've always been there
and you always will be,  
day after day, week after week,
year after year... 

It's in retrospect, Lord,
that my faith in you is found, restored and refreshed
as I remember your love for me,
your endless spring of mercy
quenching my thirst for life and love
that's strong, faithful and enduring:
day after day, week after week,
year after year...

Tonight then, Lord, help me remember,
help me rejoice that you've been with me always:
day after day, week after week,
year after year...

Amen.

Day After Day by Maranatha Singers




Day after day after day, you have been faithful to me.
Day after day after day I'm on your ways...

Day after day, week after week, year after year,
I will declare your glory
I will declare your greatness
I will praise... your... name...
Day after day after day, you are my Savior my friend.
Day after day after day, I'm not alone...
Day after day, week after week, year after year,
You will be right beside me
You'll be here to guide me
I will praise... your... name...
Day after day, day after day... oh...
Day after day after day, you have been faithful to me.
Day after day after day I'm on your ways.
Day after day, week after week, year after year,
I will declare your glory
I will declare your greatness
I will praise... your name...
Day after day. after day... 
  

  
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Pause for Prayer: TUESDAY 8/4

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A simple request this morning, Lord:
   help me not get in the way!

   Help me not get in the way
      of my neighbor's good intentions...

   Help me not be a stumbling block
      for those on the path of their heart's desire...

   Help me not get in the way
      of my friend's efforts to change and grow...

    Help me not be a roadblock
       on a stranger's journey to better days...

   Help me not get in the way
      of someone's progress and success...

   Help me not be a distraction
      for colleagues focused on excellence...

   Help me not stand between you
      and any who seek and follow you...

   And don't let me get in your way, Lord,
       when you bring me your healing and peace...

   Rather, help me ready your path, Lord,
       and prepare for when you arrive
   in my neighbor's life and in my own
      - just don't let me get in the way!

Amen.



  

  
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8/3/20

NIGHT PRAYER: Monday 8/3



Evening's a good time to look back, Lord:
   to take some measure of how I spent the day,
   to inventory my good deeds and my not-so-good deeds,
   to recall how much or how little time I spent in prayer
   and to pray that you pardon my faults and my failings...

But sometimes, Lord, I look way back
and beat myself up over sins and offenses from long ago:
   misdeeds I've acknowledged, grieved and confessed,
   wrongdoing you've pardoned, absolved and forgiven...

Remind me, Lord, how freely your mercy flows,
how quickly you cleanse and referesh my soul:
   when I lay bare my heart to your healing touch,
   when I open myself once again to your love...

Give me the grace to forgive myself, Lord:
   to accept that you've washed all my sins away,
   to delight in the joy of a new beginning,
   to welcome the peace only you can give...

Amen.


Loving and Forgiving by Scott Soper



Loving and forgiving are you, O Lord;
slow to anger, rich in kindness,
loving and forgiving are you.

1. All my being bless the Lord;
bless the holy name of God.
All my being bless the Lord,
remembering the goodness of God.

2. God forgives us all our sins,
healing those who live in pain,
saving us from final death.
God fills us with goodness and love.

3. Good and gracious is the Lord,
slow to anger, rich in love.
God remembers not our sins;
forgiving and loving is God.

4. As heaven soars above the earth,
so great the love of God for us.
As far as east is from the west,
the Lord takes our sins from us.


  

  
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MONDAY MORNING OFFERING: 8/3

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My blog was nearly a year old before my first Monday Morning Offering and when I posted that prayer I didn't intend it to become a regular item but the response was so good that I decided to make it a weekly feature. So, about a month late, here's the 12th anniversary posting of my original Monday Morning Offering.  In reviewing it, I realize that I'm praying for the same things today that I prayed for a dozen years ago!


O God,
it's Monday!

A new week stretches before me:
will you walk with me this week, Lord?

Slow me down before I go too fast
and give me strength to do well
the things I really need to accomplish...

Give me the wisdom to lay aside
the things I do not need,
the cares I need not carry,
the burdens I need not bear...

Amid the worries of this week, Lord,
calm my fears,
lift my spirits,
give me rest
- and keep me in today...

Open my eyes to any way
I might lighten the burdens of others
and give me the grace and courage to offer:
my hand, my arm, my shoulder;
my heart, my support, my comfort;
my smile, my story, my love...

Show me yourself this week, Lord:
open my ears to your voice,
my eyes to your beauty,
my heart to your mercy,
my mind to your counsel,
my weary limbs to your strength,
my mouth to give you praise...

A new week stretches before me, Lord:
help me live it
a day at a time,
in your time,
in peace...

Amen.



  

  
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8/2/20

Sunday Mass at Saint Luke's on August 2



  

  
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NIGHT PRAYER: Sunday 8/2


Remembering, Lord...

What a gift and a blessing: just to remember
   the happy times, the best of days and seasons of love..

Remembering, Lord...

Sometimes a weight and a burden: recollecting
   the rough patches, the blue days and seasons of grief...

Remembering, Lord...

Memories are the souvenirs
   of all the joy I've known
and memories are reminders
   of what I wish I could forget...

My heart's where memories gather, Lord,
   the bitter and the sweet,
my soul is home to all that's been,
   my sorrows and my joys...

So, rest here, Lord, within my heart
   to heal what tears and troubles
and  be there when it's time to share
   fond memories filled with peace...

Amen.
 

There Is A Place by Liam Lawton



There's a time to remember, a time to recall 
The trials and the triumphs, the fears and the falls 
There's a time to be grateful for moments are blest, 
The jewels of our memories, where love is our guest 

There is gold that is glimming in a past we once knew 
In our tears and our laughter 'tis love brought us through 
And there's a road we have traveled where sunlight has kissed 
That carries us onwards when loved ones are missed 
 
There is treasure in our fields, there is treasure in our skies 
There is treasure in our dreaming from the soul to the eyes 
For wherever we gather in the light of God's grace,
For all who we remember, there will ever be a place 

In the quiet of this evening at the close of our day 
We will rest from our journeys, to the Lord we will pray 
And as we thank God for blessings for the moments we shared 
As we look to tomorrow, our God will be there

There is treasure In our fields, there is treasure in our skies 
There is treasure in our dreaming from the soul to the eyes 
For where ever we gather in the light of God's grace 
And for all that we remember, there will ever be a place

  


    
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