Words for personal devotions

By your side — Chris Roe, UK

By your side There is peace, A quiet place Of beauty and realisation, Where wisdom Seeks reason and understanding, Where myth is laid to rest By the reality of knowledge. By your side There is hope, That arrogance and greed Will not destroy, That selfless love Will prevail. By your side Life is sacred, A […]

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Prayer inspired by Psalm 36 — Ana Gobledale, UK

Epiphany 2, Year C This prayer is inspired by Psalm 36:5-10     It’s like standing beneath a street lamp On a misty evening. In the light, I see light, But objects appear blurry and obscured, half lit. God, standing in your light, I see light, But the path ahead appears blurry and obscured, seemingly […]

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T.S. Eliot on waiting, words for Advent

“I said to my soul, be still and wait without hope, for hope would be hope for the wrong thing; wait without love, for love would be love of the wrong thing; there is yet faith, but the faith and the love are all in the waiting. Wait without thought, for you are not ready […]

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Prayer words

What words do we use when we reach out to the Spirit of Life?  the Source of Peace? Explore these resources to find worship words relevant to you today.  Click on the theme. Candlelight words Children’s prayers Confessional words Creation words Gratitude words Healing words Hopeful words Justice words Love words Meditation words Peace words […]

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Ely reflection — Ana Gobledale, UI

Written April 2018 during a time of personal reflection in the Lady Chapel, Ely Cathedral, UK, following the bombing of Syria by the US and the UK.     Broken Bombed Darkness descends How did it come to this? God groans The world whimpers. We cower Fearfully crying out, ‘Which way?’ What about our grandchildren? […]

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Prayer for Oneness — Sonia Ross, USA

Dear God of all, grant us understanding of our brothers and sisters worldwide. Plant in us the seed of oneness. Nourish us with your love and grace so that we may live God-like in our interactions with those who are different from us. Grant us the ability to recognize the spirit and sameness that unites […]

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Lord’s Prayer version — Steve Garnaas-Holmes, USA

Our Mother, our Father, Source of our being, whose presence is heaven, all Creation sings of you, “Holy!” May your Realm unfold among us, your desire be fulfilled, this world blossoming out of your delight. Give us the breath of life, one breath at a time. Accept our brokenness; give us acceptance of others who […]

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Disciples Prayer — Thandiwe Dale-Ferguson, USA

  ready-to-print copies PDF Disciples Prayer by Thandiwe Dale-Ferguson WORD Disciples Prayer by Thandiwe Dale-Ferguson   Holy One whose name we honour and praise, When we laugh, you laugh with us. When we weep, your tears wash over the earth. You know the joys and sorrows of our hearts, Our efforts for change and our […]

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Confession of a Scrooge-like heart–Lawrence Moore, UK

Pause before the prayer, allowing God’s Spirit to search your heart.  Make your own confession. Pause after the prayer to experience the reality of God’s forgiveness. Why do I so readily settle for less, Spirit-giver? Respectable religion instead of living faith; God-at-a-distance instead of the searing closeness of your parenthood; sameness instead of the adventure […]

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Worn Spot – Steve Garnaas-Holmes, USA

   There’s a dip in the stone step in the threshold of the old cathedral, worn where thousands of pilgrims have stepped as they entered the darkness to pray. Even in the old country church the railing is rubbed bare where the faithful have grasped, have leaned, have hoped. There is a worn spot at […]

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Prayers for Today — Caren Clarke, UK

Originally written for the fifth Sunday of Lent – Year A (2020)   Eternal One, we thank you for this opportunity to worship together. Please help everyone here today, to learn something new about you…   We pray for peace throughout the world and for everyone’s heart to be filled with love, so that we […]

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Prayer for peace, Order of St Luke — Australia

Dearest Friend, gentle Spirit, breath of live, source of our being, from the peacefulness of silence, the silence that preceded Creation, your Word entered the void and said, ‘Let there be light.’ This afternoon we sit mindful that we are kin and covenanted to that Word and to your light. We are grateful to you, […]

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Prayer for approaching an horizon, St Edith Stein

Appropriate for sharing with the dying, at a funeral, crematorium service or at a memorial service       O my God, fill our souls with holy joy, courage and strength to serve you. Enkindle your love in us and then walk with us along the next stretch of the road before us. We do […]

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God, I’m trying — Louise Gough, UK

God loves a try-er or so ‘they’ say. And God, you know that I’m trying. But somehow I never feel good enough. There’s always something just beyond my reach; something I can’t get right. And somehow I always seem to let me – and you – down. Living Spirit uplift me, I pray. Breathe a […]

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Soar, a poem — Nicola Slee, Australia:

Used with permission, from Nicola’s book, Seeking the Risen Christa (SPCK, 2011)  which can be purchased at Amazon.   Such a fast one You came running towards us Over the morning grass Then off, off forth on swing Sweeping smooth on a big wind Out of our sight I want to come with you Fly with […]

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Prayer — Farai Chirisa, Zimbabwe

God, we give you thanks for sending Jesus to give us life. In the midst of wealth we are crushed by poverty, and while we are offered Christ-life in all its fullness, we are surrounded by disease, death and destruction. We are tempted to despair, and yet keep hoping, knowing that you care. At times we […]

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Dry bones, Ezekiel 37, a prayer — Ana Gobledale, UK

Ezekiel 37:1-14 Fifth Sunday in Lent – Year A 2 April 2017     God of life, hear my prayer.   Withered, cracked, pale Sometimes I feel like a pile of old bones Dry, brittle, broken Sometimes I feel as though all hope is lost.   Dry bones, hear the word of the Divine!   […]

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Prayer for the New Year — Sandy Messick, USA

Ready-to-print copy: WORD Prayer for the New Year, Sandy Messick   God of all times and seasons, On this threshold of a new year, we turn and return again to you. The year spreads before us with possibilities and challenges, joys and concerns. There is beauty all around: in the smiles of children, in the […]

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Striving, a prayer for today — Lynne Roberts, Australia

Loving, embracing Spirit We strive and we fall often, straight into the safety net of your compassionate embrace. We pick ourselves up and try again, secure in the knowledge that you will always be there for us, and that we are so much more than our successes and failures. Help us to learn from our […]

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Prayers for Today — Christina White, UK

Day’s Beginning O God, You have birthed the world And us. You have washed us, Dressed us, Fed us, Set us on our way in the school of life. Give us courage to stand strong, To meet all that comes our way with kindness, Learn from all with an open heart, And remember always That […]

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Prayers of Confession

Words seeking the deepest places Words for rigorous honesty Words to cleanse the spirit, mind and soul Newest posts . . . (images link to posts) Alphabetical archive of all ‘Words of Confession’ resources . . .   Featured image:  Holocaust Memorial, San Francisco, California USA

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Who is Jesus? — Eleanor Hubbard, Colorado USA

For Emalyn whom Eleanor mentored… Who is Jesus?  A little boy born in a barn in a small village to poor parents. Two thousand, sixteen years ago. I wish I understood how and why he came still influencing billions of people today.   What I do know is that Jesus healed people. Jesus taught, prayed, […]

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Confession of a New Creation — Lawrence Moore, UK

Pause before the prayer, allowing God’s Spirit to search your heart.  Make your own confession. Pause after the prayer to experience the reality of God’s forgiveness. The old ways are so comfortable, O God. They fit like old slippers; they feel like old friends. I don them more readily than my resurrection clothes; I live […]

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Taize, a reflection — Lynne Roberts, Australia

Lofty, cavernous space Warm, earth-toned candlelight enfolding me in its womb.   Nothing can harm you   A suggestion of incense Soft, background chanting hinting at generations past and to come. Vast eternal community gathered in microcosm.   Come and pray in us, Holy Spirit   Majestic windows drawing my soul upwards on the rising […]

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Spring — Ross Kingham, Australia

Spring We should celebrate This wildest Erupting In Spring. With colours recklessly Splashed everywhere In this the season of new Daily episodes Of wonder And delight. Autumn is turned on its head: Not the richness the life’s ebbing, But buds bursting Hearts thirsting Green shoots on grey branches Marking Not the end, But a million […]

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Prayer for empathy, vulnerability and curiosity — Australia

Our God We pray for Empathy – seeking to understand: ideas, people, situations, ourselves, our faith, our hopes, seeking, exploring the why of life, the why of who we are. seeking because we know that only by seeking, do we go beyond ourselves, to where answers reside, answers that we had never considered. And we […]

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Renew our Lives, a prayer — Bernard Thorogood

O Holy Spirit, Spirit of God You are Love. Fill our hearts so that we may know how to forgive.  How to understand. How to cherish and how to let go. Holy Spirit, you are truth. Teach us the way of Christ. Expose all falseness in our values and cleanse us from prejudice. Give us […]

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A Prayer for Openness — Joyce Rupp

The action prayer “A Prayer for Openness” by Joyce Rupp invites the reader into a place of gratitude and trust with the Holy One.  The illustrated pdf is posted on the International Spiritual Directors website for your personal use. I first encountered this prayer when I received it from a friend who is a Spiritual […]

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