Category Archives: Let us Pray

Links to daily prayer with occasional comments

Morning Prayer 10/12/18

A beautiful, cool morning with all of our thoughts and prayers to those just east of us who are waking up in the middle of a nightmare. Help is coming! Hope will return!

As someone who was on ground zero during and long after Katrina, I can resonate so well with what the victims of Michael must be feeling. Mexico Beach reminds me so much of the stretch from Waveland to Long Beach, literally it is like an atomic bomb hit and destroyed everything as far as you can see. The recovery from such takes years.

Right now the best thing anyone can do is let FEMA and first responders do the search and rescue, help people to shelter, and provide their immediate needs for food, water, etc. With roads impassable, miles of downed power lines, and need for the first responders to have access, volunteers need to wait just a bit before descending on them. And if and when you go, please make sure that a) you are in touch with someone who is coordinating relief and recovery so you have somewhere to go and something to do and b) you are completely self sustaining, including your own water, food, gasoline, tools, etc. This will be a marathon of years. We sustained the volunteer community at Camp Coast Care for four years, which is really remarkable but also speaks to the vastness of the disaster. This looks to be similar. Find people to partner with. I will post such info as soon as I can get it. I know our Bishop is traveling today to the area and I am sure will have updates for us soon as well. Please pray for him and the diocesan staff who will be consumed (rightfully so) with this work for months and months to come.

In my constant prayers are my clergy colleagues in the area. If any of you read this, please know I am here for you in any way you need. Looking to do church Sunday? I can come, if I can get in, in the afternoon and bring everything you need for Eucharist. I am letting Bishop Russell knows this as well and I am sure there are several others who would do the same. It is important to gather what people are there for worship and communion, I can not tell you how important that was to our folks after Katrina took our church and community away.

Keep praying folks. Let the Daily Offices give you a structure and the words of the Psalms especially give you hope. Psalm 126 was the Psalm we kept praying at St. Patrick’s until we moved into our new building. “When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion, then we were like those who dream. Then our mouths were filled with laughter and our tongues with shouts of joy”. For those in the Michael impacted area, it doesn’t feel like this will happen for you. It will. And that day will be glorious.

Evening Prayer 10/08/18

Switched to Evening Prayer for today, using the Mission St Clare app. As Hurricane Michael bears down on us, the opening Versicle and Response certainly struck home:

O God, make speed to save us.

O Lord, make haste to help us.

My prayers are with all in the path of this storm. Be safe y’all and keep praying!

In the St. Simon’s Cycle of Prayer: Monday –Pray for clergy, staff, vestry, and wardens. Pray for our parish to exhibit Christ’s love to all, to strive to know Christ and make him known. 

Of course the storm may impact my ability to post for a bit. Keep on with the offices and please post comments. Below is a prayer offered in these circumstances, you may want to include it in your own prayers these next days.

Prayers during a Hurricane

At this time of apprehension in the face of the unknown, let us bring our prayers to God, our strength and our redeemer.

In the face of peril and apprehension, let us pray to the Lord.

Lord, have mercy

In the face of mighty winds, thunderous sounds, strong rains, and surging waves, let us pray to the Lord.

Lord, have mercy

In the face of complete uncertainty, as well as concern for our loved ones, here or elsewhere, let us pray to the Lord.

Lord, have mercy

For the strength that God alone can give us, let us pray to the Lord.

Lord, have mercy

For all that it takes to keep our children calm and safe, let us pray to the Lord.

Lord, have mercy

For faith that can move mountains and remove all fear, let us pray to the Lord.

Lord, have mercy

For trust in God’s loving presence in our midst, even at this very hour, let us pray to the Lord.

Lord, have mercy

For trust that in life and in death, God will not abandon us, let us pray to the Lord.

Lord, have mercy

Almighty God, we poor creatures place our lives into your hands that you might protect and guide us according to your will;

Lord, in your mercy,

Hear, our prayer.

Be our light in the darkness, our hope in the storm, our peace in the chaos, our trust in the unknown;

Lord, in your mercy,

Hear, our prayer.

Mighty are your works, O Lord, and mighty is your saving hand. Turn your ear to our petitions and supplications; Lord, in your mercy,

Hear, our prayer.

God has spoken his holy word of blessing and promise. God will indeed watch over and guide those for whom we pray. Amen.

(adapted from a variety of sources)

Morning Prayer 10/04/18

A beautiful morning, with a tad bit cooler temps, a great time to say the daily office as the sun rises on a new day. Today I used the Mission St. Clare app for Morning Prayer. Please comment on your own experience in the comments below. Also, if you are not subscribed to the blog you can do so on the left hand side, that way you will receive an email whenever a new post is created.

In our St. Simon’s Cycle of Prayer, Thursday –Pray for the DoK, ECW, Brotherhood of St. Andrew, Pastoral Care team and the Flower Guild

Today is the Feast Day of Francis of Assisi. Like many Episcopal churches, we will celebrate Francis by offering a Blessing of the Animals on Saturday at 10am. Bring your pets, invite your friends!

The prayer of St. Francis is found in our Book of Common Prayer, and in my prayer time today I reflected on the beauty of this prayer and its calling to us to live a better life, to rise above the discord that has replaced civil discourse in our country. Lord, let us, those who follow Jesus Christ, those striving to be his disciples, let us be instruments of your peace. Let us sow love. Amen.

The Prayer of St. Francis

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. Grant that we may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen.

Morning Prayer 10/3/18

If you are following along, please post your thoughts, concerns, questions in the comments. I am hoping the experiment of “trying on” a Daily Office this week will allow us to engage much more deeply into the offices of Morning and Evening Prayer during our Christian Ed time on Sundays.

Psalm 101 today really spoke to me. It reminded me of advice I often share with others – get rid of the toxic people in your life! 

“1 I will sing of mercy and justice; *
to you, O Lord, will I sing praises.

2 I will strive to follow a blameless course;
oh, when will you come to me? *
I will walk with sincerity of heart within my house.

3 I will set no worthless thing before my eyes; *
I hate the doers of evil deeds;
they shall not remain with me.

4 A crooked heart shall be far from me; *
I will not know evil.”

In the St. Simon’s Cycle of Prayer  for Wednesday –Pray for our youth and children, pray for our SS teachers, nursery workers, and all who work with our young people. Pray for Children in Crisis and Opportunity Place. Pray for staff, teachers, and students of Elliott Point Elementary School.

Morning Prayer 10/02/18

My apologies for posting two reflections today (10/03), but I had a computer malfunction (keyboard! UGH) that kept me from completing the post for Tuesday.

On Tuesday I listened to Morning Prayer as I drove to Pensacola for a gathering at Holy Cross Episcopal church where I am helping them with their stewardship program. The Mission St. Clare website has an audio component where you can listen to Morning Prayer as read at the Episcopal Church of Garrett County, Maryland. Here is the link: http://www.missionstclare.com/english/spoken/morning.html

The OT lesson from Hosea was a tough one! 

4Hear the word of the Lord, O people of Israel;
   for the Lord has an indictment against the inhabitants of the land.
There is no faithfulness or loyalty,
   and no knowledge of God in the land. …..

6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge;
   because you have rejected knowledge,
   I reject you from being a priest to me.
And since you have forgotten the law of your God,
   I also will forget your children.

Once again a warning to the priests! What stands out at me is “my people are destroyed for lack of knowledge because you have rejected knowledge, I reject you from being a priest.” 

These words reinforce the calling I feel being put on all of us to work at being better disciples of Christ by study, prayer, worship, and service. Here’s hoping we together develop a holy habit of morning or evening prayer to help overcome any lack of knowledge. May God lead and inspire us all.

David+