Thursday, October 20, 2005

Prayers



Lord's Prayer
Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name.
Thyy Kingdom come,
thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven
Give us this day our daily bread.
Forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
Amen.

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God, gant me the courage to change the things I can change,
the serenity to accept those I cannot change,
and the wisdom to know the difference,
But God, grant me the courage not to give up on what I think is right,
even though I think it is hopeless.

St Francis of Assisi

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Lord, make me an instrument of Thy peace;
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
and where there is sadness, joy.

O Diving Master,
grant that I 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.

St Francis of Assisi

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Dear Lord,
I may not see the sun and moon lose thier light.
I may not witness rivers turn red, or stars fall from the sky.
Yet there are times when my world becomes unhinged
and the foundations of what I believe crack and dissolve.
Give me the grace to believe that Your power is at work
in the turmoil of my life.
Lead me to remember that Your power is greater than all evil,
and though the world may rock and sometimes break,
it will in time be transformed by Your Love.

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For The Absent
God, whose fatherly care reaches to the uttermost parts of the earth: We humbly beseech you graciously to behold and bless whom we love, now absent from us. Defend them from all dangers of soul and body; and grant that both they and we, drawing nearer to you, may be bound together by your love in the communion of your Holy Spirit, and in the fellowship of your saints; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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For Those We Love
Almighty God, we entrust all who are dear to us to your never-failing care and love, for this life and the life to come, knowing that you are doing for them better things than we can desire or pray for; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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Prayer for Lonely People
Loving God,
there are times in each life
when there is no one.
No one with whom to share
a word,
a laugh,
a sad rememberance,
a gentle touch,
a fond embrace,
a kiss of love.
Bless each on who suffers
from such loneliness.
Enrich life with a friend
or gentle stranger
who will apend a moment
noticing
and loving.
In those times
your love shines through,
the world is reborn,
and Christ is known.
So be in!
Amen.

~ Vienna Cobb Anderson ~

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Prayer to Do Good
Forgive me, most gracious Lord and Father, if this day I have done or said anything to increase the pain of the world. Pardon the unkind word, the impatient gesture, the hard and selfish deed, the failure to show sympathy and kindly help where I had the opportunity, but missed it; and enable me so to live that I may daily do something to lessen the tide of human sorrow, and add to the sum of human happiness.

~ F. B. Meyer ~


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Prayer to Do What's Right
O Almighty and Everlasting God, Creator of Heaven, Earth, and the Universe, help me to be, to think, to act what is right, because it is right, Make me truthful, honest, and honorable in all things; make me intellectually honest for the sake of right and honour and without thought of reward to me, Give me the ability to be charitable, forgiving, and patient with my fellow men. Help me to understand their motives and their shortcomings, even as thou understandest mine! Amen.

~ Robert E. Lee ~

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For Times of Fear
Almighty God, the Refuge of all that are distressed, grant unto us that, in all trouble of this our mortal life, we may flee to the knowledge of Thy loving kindness and tender mercy; that so, sheltering ourselves therein, the storms of life may pass over us, and not shake the peace of God that is within us. Whatsoever this life may bring us, grant that it may never take from us the full faith that Thou art our Father. Grant us Thy light, that we may have life, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

~ George Dawson ~

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Prayers for Those Who Mourn
Bless those who mourn, eternal God,
with the comfort of your love
that they may face each new day with hope
and the certainty that nothing can destroy
the good that has been given. May their memories become joyful,
their days enriched with frienship,
and their lives encircled by your love.
Amen.

~ Vienna Cobb Anderson ~

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I Look to Thee in Every Need
I look to Thee in every need, and never look in vain;
I feel Thy strong and tender love, and all is well again.
The thought of Thee is mightier far than sin and pain and sorrow are.

Discouraged in the work of life, disheartened by its load,
Shamed by its failures or its fears, I sink beside the road.
But let me only think of Thee and then new heart springs up in me.

Thy calmness bends serene above, my restlessness to still;
Around me flows Thy quickening life, to nerve my faltering will.
They presence fills my solitude, Thye providence turns all to good.

Enfolded deep in Thy dear love, held in Thy law, I stand;
Thy hand in all things I behold, and all things in Thy hand.
Thou leadest me by unsought ways, and turn my mouring into praise.

~ Samuel Longfellow ~

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Teach Us to Love
O God, perfect us in love, that we may conquer all selfishness and hatred of other; fill our hearts with Thy joy, and shed abroad in them Thy peace which passeth understanding; that so those murmurings and disputing to which we are too prone may be overcome. Make us long-suffering and gently, and thus subdue our hastiness and angry tempersm and grant that we may bring forth the blessed fruits of the Spirit. to Thy praise and glory, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

~Rev. henry Alford ~


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