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Prayer for Worship June 7, 2020

Lord of justice and mercy,

You, who created all of us in your diverse and beautiful image;

You, who spoke in a great wind to all tribes and nations;

You, who taught us love in human form.

Bless the grieving,

Who cry because their sons, daughters, mothers and fathers did not make it home,

Whose tears beg to be seen, whose cries beg to be heard, and whose names must be said:

George Floyd, Ahmaud Aubrey, images of God whose humanity was cut from them.

Bless the protester.

Who chants for justice and peace as they shout, “I can’t breathe.”

Who stands united against hatred and apathy, “Hands up, Don’t Shoot.”

Who gathers armed not with weapons or bricks but with non-violent presence forged by love.

Bless the police officer.

Who stands there, staring off into a happier place as vitriol and rage assault,

Who takes the knee to ask for forgiveness for crimes of others who have shamed the badge,

Who hold accountable not just looters and opportunists

but also those who abuse entrusted power, putting their knee on the neck of humanity.

Teach us love.

Blow your wind across this land.

Show us that we are not fully recreated in your image until we see you in one another.

Send justice, send mercy.  Amen.

(C)2020 Nathan Decker, worshipswake.wordpress.com

Prayer for Labor Day 2018

Creator, Redeemer, Sustainer:
Six days you labored to birth the cosmos,
Thirty years you walked this Earth showing us compassion and salvation,
Day after day you breathe upon us as Spirit,
and then you rest, and then you rise, and then you pause.
Today, we take a break from our labors and celebrate the work we been given.
Thank you for work and pay.
Thank you for planting and harvesting.
Thank you for purpose and meaning.
Bless our sweat, our stress, and our success.
Bless our rest, our pause, our Sabbath.
In the Name of the Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer, Amen.
(C) 2018 Nathan Decker, worshipswake.wordpress.com

Prayer of Many Names

Creator, Father, Most High God –
There are so many names to call you.
Savior, Jesus, Christ, Messiah –
There are so many ways to worship you.
Spirit, Wind, Breath, Comforter –
There are so many ways to encounter you.
King of Kings, Lord of Lords, Almighty, “I AM”
We come today to call upon you, to worship you, to encounter you.  Amen.
(CC)2018 Worship’s Wake, Nathan Decker.

Gardening God

Gardening God, who patiently works in Grace in our lives:

-till our soil;

-pick up the rocks of selfishness and fear;

-plant seeds of hope, mercy, and compassion;

-and harvest from us a crop of service in love.

Jesus, take us to your garden:

-Where suffering with you our sweat drops

–water the hopes and dreams of those in poverty, pain, silence.

-Where dying with you we join the compost heap

–fertilizing the blessings that generations to come will inherit.

-Where rising with you in glory

–We bask in the sunshine of your grace and love.

Spirit, lead us in suffering and glory to follow our Lord, Amen.

Prayer based on the Ethiopian Eunuch

God was not ashamed to love me.
He loved so deeply with the waters of my baptism.
He loved so fully with good news of salvation.
Jesus didn’t mind that I was different.
Jesus didn’t cast me out 
but embraced me as a part of his creative diversity.
Come, Spirit, come!
Fill us with this unashamed love.
Come, Spirit, come!
Lead us to share.
Come, Spirit, come!
Let us be your witness.  Amen.
(C)2018, Nathan Decker, worshipswake.wordpress.com

Sheep Prayer

Good Shepherd,

Listen to your sheep as we baa…

Hear our calls of praise – you are God, you are our Shepherd.

Hear our songs of thanks – you lead us, you save us, you give us all we need

And hear our dirges of woe

-we need you Jesus

-we need your touch on hearts that are crying in greif

-we need your hand to calm our anxious fears and doubts

-we need you, Lord, how we need you!

 

Good Shepherd, send your Spirit to be your rod and staff upon our lives.

-protect us

-direct us

-and help us build the Kingdom you desire

-help us desire the kingdom you are building

All as we pray… our Father…

Pastoral Prayer “Do Not Be Afraid”

Wellspring of Hope, Whisperer of Wisdom, ceaseless Winds of Change:

You, Lord, have spoken everything into being in love,

You have weathered the storms and shifting sands of culture,

You have conquered depression and death.

We are so thankful as your people today.

 

Mighty God, we need your strength today.

Defend us when we are attacked by cancer, illness, and disease.

Reach into the pits of despair and pull us out of our darkness.

Hold us, Lord, as we grieve the loss of loved ones.

 

There is so much to fear today – yet your Kingdom is not a Kingdom of Fear,

But one of Love.

Send your courageous Spirit into our hearts

Send your resurrected Church into the world

Send us as we pray, Amen.

Collect for a Small Group

Great Whirlwind, Burning Bush, Still Quiet Voice, LORD;

who hovered over the chaos of creation,

who breathed inspiring spring life into all creation,

who walks among us still in this fragile and tattered garden.

Challenge us to learn from one another,

so that we may recall your Spirit speaks through all creatures,

so that we may experience your presence and light in one another,

so that your voice will be in the tones of our conversation.

Jesus, Emmanuel, Wisdom Come Down in the Flesh, Amen.

Call to Worship for Transfiguration Sunday

would work to have drums lightly beating in the background…
Lord, we’ve come to meet you.
Up on the Mountain.
Lord, we’ve come to praise you.
Up on the Mountain.
Lord, we’ve come to give our burdens to you.
Up on the Mountain.
Lord, we’ve come to be blessed by you.
Up on the Mountain.
Jesus!  What is happening?
Here on the Mountain.
Jesus!  We see Elijah and Moses here!
Here on the Mountain.
Jesus!  Can’t we stay just like this?
Here on the Mountain.
Spirit, we hear your words.
Up on the Mountain.
“Get up, we can’t stay here.”
Up on the Mountain.
“Don’t be afraid, I am with you.”
Down from the Mountain.
“Don’t be afraid, I am with you.”
Down from the Mountain.
-Nathan Decker, (CC)2017 Worships Wake