Open Table –Growing in the habit of prayer

Theme:  Growing in the habit of prayer A complete worship service weaving together scripture, drama, reflection & conversation Compiled & written by Ana Gobledale for Open Table   This service is designed for a congregation gathered around tables.  It can easily be adapted for a more traditional setting. The Leader’s Sheet includes the entire service, with […]

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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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Contacting God, Children’s Message — Tod & Ana Gobledale, UK

Preparation:   Bag with telephone inside.  The telephone should be easily recognizable, as a telephone, by the children. Gather the children around. I like to face the children, with my back to the congregation.  I either sit on the floor or on a child’s small chair.  The children either sit on the floor around me or […]

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Good Shepherd, Guide us in love — Ana Gobledale, UK

Prayers for our world — inspired by Psalm 23 Let us turn our mind and thoughts to others. We will lift up prayers for our world, our nation, our community and our church, responding with the phrase: Good Shepherd,  Guide us in love. Pray with me. . Good Shepherd, we hear the cries and joys […]

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World Week for Peace in Palestine & Israel

Each September the Palestine Israel Ecumenical Forum of the World Council of Churches invites participation in this week of advocacy and action supporting an end to the illegal occupation of Palestine and a just peace for all in Palestine and Israel.  Congregations and individuals around the globe who share the hope of justice unite during the week to take […]

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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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Psalm 32 prayer — Ana Gobledale, UK

Inspired by Psalm 32 Fourth Sunday after Pentecost, Year C     Eternal One, You have blessed us. You have forgiven our hurtful actions. You have blocked out our mistakes and wrongs. When you add up our errors, the total always seems to vanish. And we start with a clean slate. You erase our shame […]

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Psalm 78 (inspired by)– Australia

We come to worship and remember you. We come to hear and to learn more of your word. Your word is unchanging. From earliest time, to now, you have spoken things into being, and they are good. You are mindful of your people. Teach us to be similarly mindful of you.   Give us the […]

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Psalm 77:11-20 — a paraphrase and more — Australia

We call to mind your deeds, and remember your wonders of old. We meditate on all your works, and muse on your mighty deeds. Your way, O God, is holy. What god is so great as our God? You are the God who works wonders You have displayed your might among the peoples. When the […]

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A Prayer for Lent — Cara Heafey, UK

Wild and restless spirit of God Accompany our Lenten journeys. Give us courage to spend time in the wilderness The place where you bring us face to face with ourselves. Help us to pray with honesty Help us to live with simplicity Make us hungry and thirsty for your life-giving presence. When we return to […]

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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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Prayer to be part of God’s story — Australia

Our God, Your living word is not static but the unfolding story of your actions in the world We pray that we would be part of that story as recipients and participants cutting across the addiction people have for the world cultural addictions of greed, of status, appearance, recognition, of voyeurism, celebrity worship, the need […]

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Words for personal devotion

Words resting  in the silence of our hearts Words spoken into eternal presence Word felt Words uttering our deepest need and strongest faith, our doubts and uncertainties Prayers for Sunday Prayers for Monday Prayers for Tuesday Prayers for Wednesday Prayers for Thursday Prayers for Friday Prayers for Saturday Prayers for today, words for you:   […]

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Prayer and Action for Peace — Ana Gobledale, UK

            Peace Your promise Our hope   Peace in our communities… Unite us to raise our voices against violence in our homes in our churches in our schools in our work places   Peace on our earth… Unite us to take a stand, to act to become eco-churches to go green […]

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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 by 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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Where do you live God?

Where do you live, God? Where can I find you abiding? I find you in moments of awe – breathing in the odor of lavender I find you in moments of wonder – looking across the icy waters toward the snow-covered hills I find you in moments of anxiety—lighting the flame of a devotional candle […]

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Prayer response to natural disaster — Christian Aid UK

Merciful God, we pray for those whose land and lives are destroyed by climate chaos, especially today in [country/area names affected current climate-related event]. We pray for those who give immediate humanitarian assistance, and for [Christian Aid / or other organisation through which the congregation supports assistance] partners who support communities in the slow and careful […]

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Prayer movement launched for a just global climate agreement

Worried about Climate Change?  Concerned for our environment?  Wanting to be a good steward of God’s creation? Join other Christians committed to pray and fast on the first day of every month to make a stand for climate justice. Pray and Fast for the Climate is supported by members of the ‘Faith for the Climate’ network […]

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Christmas Words of Assurance

As you gather with your loved ones this year, or pause to remember those you are missing most at this time, know that you are surrounded by a wider cloud of witnesses: your wider church family. Held together in God’s arms, encircled by the love of Christ, and blessed by the Holy Spirit, may you […]

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Prayer for the Beginning of Advent — Mary Luti, USA

You give us Advent, Lord, and we are grateful and glad to abide in your time, urgent, yet measured, imagining life. You give us Advent, Lord, and we are grateful and glad to watch by your light, candid, yet hidden, sharp as a truth. You give us Advent, Lord, and we are grateful and glad […]

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Prayers for South America — World Council of Churches Prayer Cycle

We pray for Colombia, Ecuador and Venezuela, especially for the Programme of Ecumenical Accompaniment in Colombia which works to support communities affected by the Colombian conflict between government and the FARC rebels.  We pray for the farmers of the Finca Alemania co-operative and their children also affected by the current political situation.  Amen. The Ecumenical Prayer Cycle […]

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Christian Aid Prayer

O Christ, you lived as an ordinary man not in style but simply, yet still you caused uproar, and questions everywhere; you drew the expectations of hungry crowds, and brought buried conflicts to the light. May we, who are sometimes swayed by the crowd’s approval, and who often avoid conflict for fear of its cost […]

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A Psalm Before Beginning Work

~from Prayers for a Planetary Pilgrim, Fr. Edward Hayes To You, O Divine One, from whose hands comes the work of creation, so artfully designed, I pray that this work I am about to do may be done in companionship with you. May the work that I will soon begin sing praise to you, as songbirds […]

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