Pastor’s Prayers

Pastor’s Prayer for 26 March 2017

Lord Jesus,
You are my righteousness,
I am your sin.
You took on you what was mine;
yet set on me what was yours.
You became what you were not,
that I might become what I was not.
– Martin Luther

Pastor’s Prayer –19 March 2017

Celtic Prayer

Through the dark hours of this night
    protect and surround us,
    Father, Son and Spirit, Three.
    Forgive the ill that we have done.
    Forgive the pride that we have shown.
    Forgive the words that have caused harm
    that we might sleep peaceably,
    and rise refreshed to do your will.
    Through the dark hours of this night
    protect and surround us,
    Father, Son and Spirit, Three
 

Pastor’s Prayer for 12 March 2017

The Prayer of Manasseh

O Lord Almighty, God of our ancestors,of Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and of their righteous offspring; you who made heaven and earthwith all their order; who shackled the sea by your word of command, who confined the deep and sealed it with your terrible and glorious name; at whom all things shudder, and tremble before your power, for your glorious splendor cannot be borne, and the wrath of your threat to sinners is unendurable; yet immeasurable and unsearchable is your promised mercy, for you are the Lord Most High, of great compassion, long-suffering, and very merciful, and you relent at human suffering. O Lord, according to your great goodness you have promised repentance and forgiveness to those who have sinned against you, and in the multitude of your mercies you have appointed repentance for sinners, so that they may be saved. Therefore you, O Lord, God of the righteous, have not appointed repentance for the righteous, for Abraham and Isaac and Jacob, who did not sin against you, but you have appointed repentance for me, who am a sinner. For the sins I have committed are more in number than the sand of the sea; my transgressions are multiplied, O Lord, they are multiplied!I am not worthy to look up and see the height of heaven because of the multitude of my iniquities. I am weighted down with many an iron fetter, so that I am rejected because of my sins, and I have no relief; for I have provoked your wrath and have done what is evil in your sight, setting up abominations and multiplying offenses. And now I bend the knee of my heart, imploring you for your kindness. I have sinned, O Lord, I have sinned, and I acknowledge my transgressions. I earnestly implore you, forgive me, O Lord, forgive me! Do not destroy me with my transgressions! Do not be angry with me forever or store up evil for me; do not condemn me to the depths of the earth. For you, O Lord, are the God of those who repent, and in me you will manifest your goodness; for, unworthy as I am, you will save me according to your great mercy, and I will praise you continually all the days of my life. For all the host of heaven sings your praise, and yours is the glory forever. Amen.

Pastor’s Prayer for Ash Wednesday and the First Sunday in Lent 5 March 2017

O Lord,
The house of my soul is narrow;
enlarge it that you may enter in.
It is ruinous, O repair it!
It displeases Your sight.
I confess it, I know.
But who shall cleanse it,
to whom shall I cry but to you?
Cleanse me from my secret faults, O Lord,
and spare Your servant from strange sins.

St. Augustine of Hippo (AD 354-430)

Pastor’s Prayer for 26 February 2017

Grant me, O Lord my God,
a mind to know you,
a heart to seek you,
wisdom to find you,
conduct pleasing to you,
faithful perseverance in waiting for you,
and a hope of finally embracing you.

Amen.

-Thomas Aquinas

Pastor’s Prayer for 19 February 2017

Father , for this Jesus-life I pray: to be born of the Spirit – free to spin, twist, dive, and climb, whirled along by the breath of God. Just as a bird relies on the wind and trusts it to carry her by its power, and becomes familiar with the ways to rest in its strength, I pray to move, and live, and have my being in you, O God, you who will be worshiped in spirit and in truth.

–Teri Hyrkas