This prayer comes with a confession: I just didn't have it in me tonight to write a prayer, so this is a reprint from one year ago. I hope it's helpful anyway.
Wondrous God, Source of Life, Holy Mystery, hear our prayers. In praise and thanksgiving we gather now in mind, heart and spirit to offer up the blessings and concerns of this day.
God, we thank you for ways in which we encounter you day to day. We thank you when we see your love shining in the smile of a friend, or the sweetness of a baby’s laugh. We praise you when an embrace from a loved one reflects your love for us.
In prayer, in quiet moments captured in the midst of busy days, and in the most unexpected ways – you meet us as we are. We thank you God for these glimpses of holiness and for the sustaining power they bring to the nurture of our faith.
Strengthen us as we seek to live the faith we proclaim, and help us to bring the light of your love into the lives of everyone we meet.
Bless those for whom we have prayed aloud this morning, and those whose cares and trials are close to our hearts.
Be with all who are ill in body, mind and spirit….with the grieving and the dying. Bring strength and peace to those who are struggling with life’s troubles. Grant them the peace and courage that only you can bring, for we ask it in Jesus’ name, who taught us to pray together, singing…