Sunday Prayer 35

in darkness the day begins,
lingering formless and void
before dawn.
come, Holy Spirit, come.
hover over the face of this day,
drawing divine life forth.
generate good things
from morning gloom
that Your light might shine
abroad in our hearts all day.

speak, Jesus the Word, speak.
show the way into this day
for Your words wield light
upon wild, wandering ways.
name Your works in us
that we might know the way to go,
for Your Name only is salvation.

stand, Father, stand.
Creative King, call forth life
and lead us alive to You.
All-powerful Lord, guide and guar us
as we sing salvation songs
on this pilgrim path.

[This is part of a series of prayers for Sunday worship preparation that begins here.]

Sunday Prayer 34

You, who are Light,
who appeared in order to shed Your light abroad in our hearts,
who stepped into the darkness yet was not overcome by darkness,
who went under death’s darkness but did not surrender to it,
who burst forth from death’s shadow in blazing resurrection life,
You, Light,
shine light
in us,
who haze our ways through cloud-covered path days,
who feel the darkness both outside and inside yawning wide chasms,
who do what we do not want to do and hide in shadowed alleyways,
who unwittingly (and wittingly) cover others in shadow blankets,
You, Light,
shine light
in us.
Amen.

[This is part of a series of prayers for Sunday worship preparation that begins here.]

Sunday Prayer 33

O delivering God, come rescue me.
O healing God, come heal me.
O guiding God, come be my Shepherd.
O strengthening God, come fortify me.
O saving God, please save me.
O redeeming God, please remake me.
O upbuilding God, please encourage me.
O loving God, please lavish me with Your love.
O victorious God, fight my battles.
O defender God, wall me in and protect me.
O suffering God, enter into my darkness.
O resurrection God, breathe new life inside me.
O Father, who reigns over all –
O Jesus, the Savior who lives –
O Spirit, the present and powerful One,
be my God this day and all days.

[This is part of a series of prayers for Sunday worship preparation that begins here.]

Sunday Prayer 32

Jesus,
Suffering Messiah promised long ago in Isaiah’s songs,
Victorious Seed foretold in Abraham’s promise,
Redeeming Lover echoed in Boaz’s embrace of Ruth,
Servant Savior streaming in Jeremiah’s tears,
Heart-wracked husband of Hosea’s pursuit of Gomer,
Desperate Singer of Zephaniah’s poetry,
Hopeful hart of Habakkuk’s ringing words –

Light of the World,
Bread of Life,
Life-giving Vine,
Shepherd of Our Souls,
Hope for the hopeless,
Prince of Peace.

We celebrate Your life in our midst,
Emmanuel.

[This is part of a series of prayers for Sunday worship preparation that begins here.]

Sunday Prayer 31

Our help is in the name of the Lord,
the Maker of heaven and earth. (Psalm 124:8)

Almighty God,
who made all that exists by Your powerful word
and who sustains all that is through Your abiding presence,
please also sustain me this day through Your abiding presence
and create a good work in my life by Your powerful word.

What help or helper could compare with You,
even though we know good people in our lives
and useful resources within our reach?

What better help than You, the Almighty,
Creator, Sustainer, Remaker,
Redeemer, Reconciler, and Savior?

You are my help.
In Christ Jesus it is eternally true
and I reach out to You through
the sure gift of faith today.

[This is part of a series of prayers for Sunday worship preparation that begins here.]