March 31, 2018
As I finish preparation for Easter worship, this from the Moravian Daily Prayer is good to have in mind: "Help us seek out and comfort those around us who long for Easter hope."
It's really a good reminder for every day!
Almighty God, as we walk through this week with you, accompanying your celebration of the Passover with your disciples, and your Passion and the cross, give us strength to remember that your death was not the end. Sunday is coming!! Amen.
Almighty God, your love for the world seems to be misunderstood in so many ways and in so many places. Instead of seeing your Light and being transformed by it, there are those who wish to snuff out your Light, and the ones who proclaim it. Protect those who are persecuted for their belief, their witness, their faith. Watch over them and give them courage to trust you in the midst of the hatred subjected toward them. Amen.
Almighty God, thank you for the gift of women. Those with generous hearts and courage who have paved the way for others of us to follow. Women who help raise children, educate them, love them, and encourage them, and who are wonderfully made in your image. May there always be women who follow you, teach about you, and love you. Amen.
O Lord, grant us a new spirit for work and growth today. May our hearts and minds be centered on the direction your Spirit seeks to guide us. May the work of our hands, our hearts and our minds please you this day. Amen.
Gracious God, thank you for giving each of us meaning in our lives through the work of our minds, hearts and hands. May our minds be used for building up the kingdom in ways of creativity and inclusion, our hearts be turned toward you and our neighbor, and our hands busy with serving. And while our daily jobs vary in as many ways as we are people, may our vocation as Child of God and member of Your Kingdom, guide and direct us in ways that always bring you glory and honor. Amen.