Weekly Prayer Guide Booklet

Website Prayer for week of September 18

Dear God, today I pray for my faith community. Our roots have grown deep. Oh, not as deep as the cathedrals of Europe. But they have sustained the winds of change of how we see certain aspects of life differently than generations before us. We have survived differences of opinion on Bible translations, ways of receiving communion, when we are baptized and how, and even probably disagreement of the color of the carpet in our Sanctuary. We were always able to come back together and sing as one voice of your amazing grace. Lord, help us to overcome disagreements brought on by a virus. Help us come together as the body of Christ, as you call us to do, to serve you and each other while once again, in one voice, singing of your amazing grace.

Amen.

Website Prayer for week of September 11

O Lord, I pray for our country as desperately today as we did the week of 9/11 not so many years ago. She is so in need of clearly hearing the teachings of Jesus. She is so in need of being able to separate truth from rumor. She is so in need of being able to discern the realities that answer the simple question, Why? Help me be an instrument of your peace, love, truth, and hope for all of our tomorrows.

In Jesus’ name, I pray.

Amen.

Website Prayer for week of September 4

Creator God, is that a leaf turning already signaling the approach of Fall? Life slips by as quickly as a leaf floats down to the awaiting ground. Yet I look forward to this new arriving season filled with leaves of breath taking colors where only green once filled my view. You bless the seasons of life both of creation and our human existence with signs of change, each its own unique gift if we just stop, and reflect, and see with our eyes and our hearts. Thank you, Lord, for each new day. Thank you for the gifts time brings to our lives. Thank you for always being willing to share life’s journey with us providing we are willing to share it with you.

Amen.

Website Prayer for week of August 28

God of each morning, sunlight brings promises of a day of purpose. Help me
see that purpose even if I am limited in my travels. It is not the distance that one travels that
matters, but the love one has for others. It is the prayers we offer to you for those whose needs
are more important than ours. It is the prayers of thanksgiving I give to you acknowledging
your presence with me in simple day to day living. It is realizing just how blessed I truly am and the exploring of ways I can share those blessing with others right here in my favorite rocking chair, looking out my favorite window, in the peace of today’s sunshine.

Amen.

Website Prayer for week of August 21

God of understanding, some days and some seasons are more difficult to face
than others. Your presence walking with us matters so much and I am afraid I all too often do
not stop and simply say ‘thank you.’ So, ’thank you’ for all the times I know you are right
here with me even if others do not seem to remember I exist. ’Thank you,’ foremost, for being
here when I am not aware of your presence and not aware of just how must I need you in a
given moment.

Amen

Website Prayer for week of August 14

God, looking around I am reminded that life is constantly changing, presenting
itself in new ways, bringing new challenges, new opportunities to see you in new ways and to
grow closer to you. Thank you for designing the gift of life, not as stagnant, but as ever being
fresh, giving us every day a special new gift of discovery. Help me to discover what you wish
for me this day and help me to use this new discovery to serve you and others as I continually
grow closer to you Almighty and Loving God.

Amen

Website Prayer for week of August 7

Loving God I look around and can not believe it is August already. It is hard to
believe how fast the summer is going. The beauty of creation from the variety and colors of flowers and blooming trees to the mountains and ocean waves, whether I have had to opportunity to see myself or hear about them from the travels of others, help me see you are a God of order and creativity and caring for even me. These images inspire me to bring order to my life and to try and use the creativity I have to bring beauty to others. Thank you for the richness your creation brings to my life and the life of others.

Amen.

Website Prayer for week of July 31

Months with fifth Sundays God,  always seem kind of special. Like getting two cherries on top of an ice cream Sunday. My prayer is for my Zion faith community, as they envision ways to use these ‘special Sundays’ to build community through mission outreach. Bless our  work, bring us closer together and to you, make us your beacon here in Spotsy! 

Amen.

Website Prayer for week of July 24

Amazing God, this seems like a good day to just reflect on my life, its adventures, challenges, sweet memories, loved ones I miss, ones who bring joy and purpose to my life today. I lift my eyes to you and simply whisper ‘Thank you’.   

Website Prayer for week of July 17

Dear God, summer is slipping through our fingers. I look around and try to grasp the opportunities you put right in front of me to use warmer weather to encourage and enable me to share my life with others. Help me see those opportunities and to reach out to serve you and glorify your name.

Amen. 

Website Prayer for week of July 10

God of this day. Thank you for another opportunity to enjoy the gift of life you have given me. Use me in ways you desire to help others experience life in thankful ways drawing us closer to you and each other.

Amen.

Website Prayer for week of July 3

God of new beginnings, new opportunities, thank you for each opportunity to experience you and your
creation in new energizing ways. Help us help each other as life continuously unfolds in expected and
unexpected ways.

Amen.

 

Website Prayer for week of June 26

Creative God, all around me are the colors of the rainbow in the beauty of your creation. Your bright, colorful world lifts my spirits and fills me with hope, sustaining me even in times if darkness and despair. Thank you for each season. Thank you for the opportunities I have in warmer weather to see and interact with others.

 

Amen

Website Prayer for week of June 19

Sitting with you my loving parent, O God, I am reflecting on those you have placed in my life who have so often shown your qualities of a loving parent. Gentle souls, always willing to listen, or when appropriate offering words of wisdom, ever encouraging me to simply trust you. Qualities in others I still need today. Thank you, O Loving Parent.

Amen.

Website Prayer for week of June 12

Amazing God, whether in the rising of the morning sun, or the settling of day’s end as evening surrounds us, you are the constant that enables us to see beyond ourselves and embrace you and your creation.

In both hope for new adventures or appreciation for the gifts of another day, we humbly thank you!

Amen

Website Prayer for week of June 5

Amazing God, whether in the rising of the morning sun, or the settling of day’s end as evening surrounds us, you are the constant that enables us to see beyond ourselves and embrace you and your creation.

In both hope for new adventures or appreciation for the gifts of another day, we humbly thank you!

Amen

Website Prayer for week of May 29

Precious God, each month, just like each morning, reminds us of new beginnings with and through you. Sometimes in our humanity, it is difficult to take that first step. Thank you for taking my hand each morning. Help me take the hands of others when they need assurance that they do not journey alone.

Amen.

Prayer for the week of May 22

Dear God, your calming presence in the storms and uncertainties of life means so much when all around us seems so beyond our control. As I close my eyes, help me breath in the the peace of the Holy Spirit that after my ‘amen’ I may be that same calming force to all I encounter.

In Jesus name I pray,

Amen

Prayer for the week of May 15

Loving God, thank you for longer days of day light that lift my spirits and help enable me to appreciate the awesome beauty of your creation. Thank you for loving and supportive family and friends. Help me to be that same kind of support whether through phone calls, cards, or some small special act of kindness.

In the name of Jesus I pray,

Amen.

Prayer for the week of May 8

Dear God, thank you for the beauty of Spring that is blooming all around us. Such bright and beautiful colors lift spirits even on the darkest of days. Help me be a good steward of the resources you have provided that others may share in the awesomeness of your creation. In Jesus name,

Amen.

Prayer for the week of April 24

Looking around me in these blooming days of Spring, I find so many reasons to praise you.

(Reflect on your life and simply tell God for what you praise him.)

Amen.

April 17, 2022

Easter has come once again God, my loving Sustainer. And my heart sings! Just as spring flowers appear and bring color to the world outside, Easter springs forth with the promise of hope of eternal life in your presence, Almighty God. May the Holy Spirit open my mind and heart to friends and others I meet to be a source of your love.

Amen.

April 10, 2022

Loving and understanding God, this week takes me through so many emotions. Images of waving palms and shouts of “making way for the one who comes in the name of the Lord,” giveaway to betrayal, beatings, and Jesus on a cross. And in between we share in the Last Supper of Jesus and his disciples and the words” D this in remembrance of me.”  Help me recognize the opportunities of love I can share with others in remembrance of you.

Amen.

April 3, 2022

This special season of Lent is coming to a close, Lord. I have tried to focus, not on my neighbor’s relationship with you, but my own. Thank you for allowing me to perhaps see a bit more of myself as you see me. Help me to continue to grow as a disciple truly bringing the kingdom here to earth as you commanded. 

In Jesus name, 

Amen.

March 27, 2022

Time passes so quickly God. Another month has flown by. I often think about how on the surface life is just one day after another, a sameness. But then, often when a new month is on the horizon, I realize how different today is, my life is, from a month ago. It makes me more aware of taking time to stop and appreciate each day. What is the same in the world around me? What is different? How am I the same? How have I changed? How do I see you the same way? More important, perhaps, how do I see you differently? What have I learned? How does the answer to what I learned effect, change, my vision for today, for all of my tomorrows? 

Amen.

March 20, 2022

Setting aside intentional time just for you God isn’t always easy. Sometimes I just find myself sitting in the silence not sure what to say . . . listening, realizing I do not need to say anything. Perhaps that is when I most clearly hear your voice . . . in my own silence. I think I just need to sit here a while, if that is okay with you Lord. (Sit in the silence as meets your needs.) Thank you Lord,

Amen.

March 13, 2022

Dear God, we are told Lent is a time of reflection. I have come to realize that, sometimes, I need to just stop and remember the times and ways and places in my life that you have taken care of me. There have been so many that I recognized, remember. I suspect there were so many more that I just simply never realized or per-haps have forgotten. I am not sure I ever really thanked you. Forgive me if I just took those moments for granted. Taking you for granted is so human, isn’t it? As the Lenten season continues, help me see, remember, and reappreciate those special God moments meant just for me.

Amen.

March 6, 2022

Almighty God, just like Jesus spent time in the wilderness in preparation for his ministry, I too sometimes find myself in a wilderness of sorts. Thank you for the angels you send to me during those times to minister to my needs. Sometimes they are in the form of people from my faith community. At other times they may be a complete stranger. And, still at other times, I know they are indeed heavenly hosts sustaining me in the darkest of times into a new truth in my relationship with you. For such blessings, I humbly thank you. Help me to be an angel to someone, known or unknow to me, that they may know that the wilderness moments of their life will pass into a closer relationship with you, our Loving Parent.

Amen.

February 27, 2022

Holy and Loving God, how quickly the days go by. February, with its colorful images of red and pink hearts, and reminders to stop and let others know that we simply love and appreciate them, will soon be just a memory once again. March, this year, brings us quickly to the season of Lent. Forgive me, understanding God, if I have not always appreciated Lent as a special “God-and-Me” season in my life. But thank you for leading us to set aside these special days. Thank you for knowing the importance for us to just stop and focus on our one-on-one relationship with you. So God, I ask you to lead me in my time with you during this year’s Lent in special ways. Help me to discover more deeply our relationship together now in this stage of my life.

Amen.

February 20, 2022

God of full moons and welcoming sunrises. God of peaceful slumber and visions of promise for each new day. Thank you for journeying with me this day. Help me to see the visions of promise with clear eyes and, in the moments of challenge, help me remember I do not journey alone. For those I know, and those I have never met, who see the same moon and sunrise that I see, may this day bring to them promises of peace and hope and visions of your promised presence with them always. Thank you Almighty God, for your presence with me this week and all of my tomorrows.

Amen.

February 13, 2022

In the midst of our day to day living, awesome God, we sometimes forget the ways in which you show love to us. From the nature that surrounds us, to the people we meet in day to day living, to the desires that fill our very being to be a part of something bigger than ourselves, we can see and feel your creative design and love from which each gift of life flows. Help me appreciate the simple things of life realizing, in the simple, I can find a world that gives promise and allows me to shine in ways unique to just me but reflective of your truly being our ‘awesome God. In that reflection, may others find their pathway to you and awareness of your love in their life too.

Amen.

February 6, 2022

Today loving God, the words of the Psalmist come to mind.

“I give thanks to you with all my heart, Lord.” (Psalm 138)

February is already here. Our thoughts turn to red and pink hearts. The stores are stocked with boxes of candy for Valentine’s Day. And I remember what it was like to be a child and look forward to the preparing, as well as, the giving of a Valentine to each child in my class. God help me sustain that kind of excitement and desire to reach out and touch each one — whoever the ‘each ones.’ are in my life now. And thank you for the ‘each ones’ who reach out to me and make me feel loved and remembered. May they each receive an extra measure of you grace. For as the Psalmist wrote,

“Your faithful love lasts forever. Lord! Don’t let go of what your hands have made.”

Amen.

January 30, 2022

God of winter days and sometimes endless time of solitude. Thank you for the quite of my life. Help me to see this as a time of reflection. A time to just be. A time to remember all of the blessings of life you have brought to me. Help me see opportunities I may have to be your blessing to others in a phone call, or a card, or simply a smile to a stranger. My life will always have purpose for you. Help me see those opportunities and not be afraid to reach out in what ever way I can to let others know their life too has purpose.

Amen.

January 23, 2022

God of today and all of my tomorrows. Thank you for your presence with me as a new year begins once again. Each new year, each new day, holds your promise of new life experiences. Help me, even in times of darkness or trial, to see beyond perceived limitations to re-member that my life matters to you. Help me find in each day at least one way in which I may make a difference in someone else’s life. And at day’s end may I find your peace.

Amen.