Prayer of the Month
You are invited to pray these prayers written by Pastor Cathy throughout the month.
Loving God, as we turn our attention to the start of another school year, we pray for each student, teacher, administrator, parent, and every other person involved in education. Keep them safe in body, mind, and spirit as they return in these challenging times. Remind us all of the joy of learning, and may our curiosity lead us to discover more about you, the world you have created, and who you have created us to be. Amen.
Lord Christ, you awaken faith amid our doubts and fears. You reveal your presence in ways that are often unexpected so that we might recognize your power at work. Bless us as we seek your love, and may we find strength to persevere in faith through all of life’s circumstances. Help us to see ourselves as you do: beautiful, whole, forgiven, loved. Amen.
Gentle Savior, bless us with the holy prompt to “be still and know that you are God.” Remind us that you are peace in the storms of this life and that you can be trusted with all of our cares. Grant us courage to live each day with joy, and help us find rest in body, mind, and spirit. We pray this in Christ, through Christ, and with Christ, in the unity of your Holy Spirit. Amen.
God of all Seasons, as spring turns to summer and the sun shines bright, grant that we might also see the light of your Son guiding our way. Help us to slow our pace and pay attention to the people, places, and spaces so often overlooked. Give us holy rest—free from worry about things beyond our control and faith to trust that you are indeed still at work in all things. Amen.
Come, Holy Spirit, come, and breathe on us. Interpret the signs of this time that are calling to us and make plain what we are to be doing. Give us renewed hope and greater determination to love as you love and work for justice and the common good of all. When we grow weary, renew our strength. When we lose our way, redirect our path. When we are afraid, assure us that we never walk alone, for you are with us always. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayers. Amen.
God of Resurrection, you are the living hope of the world and joy of every believer. Breathe new life upon us all and especially on those who live in the shadow of the cross suffering persecution, rejection, sickness, oppression, and grief in any way. Give us faith that leads to hope; hope that leads to love and love that leads to transformation so that your world is made better in us and through us. Amen.
Holy God, we often fill our days with so much busy-ness that we hardly have time to slow down, breathe, and simply be. In the midst of anxiety, fear, disappointment, and suffering, we try to go our own way, shutting you out. Forgive our shortsightedness, and reassure us that you are ever present to lead and guide our way. As we walk these days of Lent, help us to be mindful and purposeful, always on the lookout for angels who come to tend our soul. Amen.
Loving God, sometimes the toils of life seem more than we can bear, sorrows run deep, and there is uncertainty all around. Help us to acknowledge our fears and anxieties for what they are and hear your invitation to “Come. Follow. Rest.” Grant us courage to walk the lonesome days of Lent assured of your presence and trusting that even the darkest day is followed by the glowing hope of tomorrow’s sun. Amen.
Loving God, thank you for the gift of another year, new opportunities, and fresh starts. Like every year, we have no idea of what it will bring, but our hope remains in your steadfast love. Forgive past sins and heal old wounds so that we might walk in freedom and with courage as your agents of healing and grace in the world. Help us to hear your voice and be led by your Spirit. Amen.