Feb 1, 2016

Prayer as Epiphany Ends

Here’s a prayer for Transfiguration Sunday, or the last Sunday in Epiphany.  It was written by Rachel Hackenberg.

Prayer: Light a Light for Us

Before the light of Epiphany fades,
before we don the ashes of Lent,
O Jesus we pray:
light a light for us.

Light a light for us that is brighter
than our vanities and fabricated pleasures.

Light a light that is stronger than our fears and our faith.

Light a light for us, O Jesus,
for we are flailing in the dark,
injuring one another as we grope for some
certainty and assurance along our way.

Light a light that blazes in brilliance and proves
the shadows in our lives to be fleeting and insidious.

Light such a light, we pray with longing.
Light a light for us
that leads us to peace.

~ written by Rachel Hackenberg, and posted on Rachel G Hackenberg. http://rachelhackenberg.com/blog/

Call to Worship: Psalm 99

Here’s a responsive call to worship inspired by Psalm 99.  It was written by Joan Stott.


Call to Worship

(based on Psalm 99)

Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord our God and King!
Glorious and powerful is the God of all creation!
In reverent awe, we gather to worship our God.

The Lord our God is King and the Just Judge
of all things for all eternity, all people and all places.
In reverent awe, we gather to praise our God.

The Lord our God is King and the Forgiving God!
‘Fairness’ and ‘Justice’ are the names of our God.
In reverent awe, we gather to worship God, within
the light of God’s holiness, justice, mercy and love. Amen.

~ written by Joan Stott, on the Geelong City Parish UCA website.  http://www.wesleychurchgeelong.net/w_resources/pentecost18%5b29%5da_2011.htm  If used in shared worship, please provide an acknowledgement as follows: © 2011 Joan Stott – "The Timeless Psalms" RCL Psalm Year A, used with permission.

Transfiguration Prayer

Here’s a prayer of petition for Transfiguration Sunday.  It was written by Rev. Abi.

Prayer for Transfiguration

Oh Lord,
You call us to go to the mountain top with you
And we follow, not quite sure of what is to happen,
but we like mountain tops,
we like the view from up here,
we like mountain top experiences.

Lord, sometimes we need mountain top experiences with you
when our days are dark and dreary,
when our hearts, are heavy,
when the valleys seem more depressing than ever.

Lord, may this mountain top experience
fill our hearts with your light,
may we be filled with your love,
may we be filled with hope.

Lord, just as Moses and your disciples
were changed by their experiences
we too are changed and transformed
into the image of Christ by your mercy.
Lord, may we have unveiled faces
that reflect your love, your hope, and your light.

~ written by Rev Abi and posted on RevGalBlogPals. http://revgalblogpals.blogspot.ca/             

Prayers of the People: Transfiguration Sunday

Here is an outline for a prayer of intercession, based on Transfiguration Sunday themes.  It comes from World in Prayer.

Prayer of Intercession
for Transfiguration Sunday
(based on Matthew 17:1-8, Mark 9:2-9,
Luke 9:28-36, 2 Peter 1:16-18)

It is a strange time of year, O God.
We linger between the seasons of Epiphany and Lent.
We are between the joy of your appearing
and the horror of your undoing
at the hands of those who would not or could not
embrace your way of life.

Perhaps we – like Peter, James, and John –
wait for your appearing in dazzling light and unmistakable clarity:
We are in need of a glimpse of Jesus
who is the way through the mix and mess of this life.

Our planet is fragile and so is the life that claims it as home.
We wonder how long we can simply take what we want
with little regard for what it costs your creation.
We wonder if the planet is crying out for relief
in the floods that are really tears;
the earthquakes that try and shake our consciousness;
the gales that blow sighs, too deep for words.

Renew and restore a vision of care for your creation.
Remind us to take what we need and no more.
Encourage us in a counter-cultural faithfulness
that is not about consumerism.
Spur us with new insight and deeper understanding
that we may live mindfully each day,
conscious of the impact of we do and fail to do.

We pray for the people of the world whose names we will never know,
whose faces flash across the TV screen in anonymity born of numbers;
those who bear the weight of earth's pain:
(insert specific prayer requests as appropriate)

We are in need of a glimpse of Jesus who is the truth –
the truth that love is stronger than hate;
peace is possible;
and life can emerge even in the midst of devastation.
We pray for that truth to be known:
(insert specific prayer requests as appropriate)

We are in need of a glimpse of Jesus who is the life;
inviting us to follow in his footsteps
as he trod the way of love and justice,
inviting us to follow him in prayer
as he lived out his faith
and made You known.

We give thanks for the good news that unfolds in the world
as people dream your dreams, follow your nudging,
and seek you in the faces they meet each day.
Perhaps, O God, it is the only Transfiguration we really need.

For all those who are quiet witness to your love and way of life,
we give thanks, O God.
(insert specific prayer requests as appropriate)

Draw us to the rhythm of Lent as it unfolds in our midst;
a sacred invitation to explore the corners of our soul.
Open us to your light that we might see ourselves clearly,
with all our fears and faults and faith,
with all our desires and dreams and duties.
Help us to see our journey as a place of your appearing –
that like Peter, James, and John
we may come down from the mountain
and set one foot in front of the other
in your name and for your sake. Amen.

~ from World in Prayer, a ministry of the Episcopal Church of St. John the Baptist, Lodi, California, USA. http://www.worldinprayer.org/

Jan 31, 2016

Sunday Prayer: Transfiguration

Here’s a prayer for Transfiguration Sunday.  It was written by rev karla, and posted on RevGalBlogPals.

Transfiguration Prayer

Holy One,
We come before you,
many of us feeling like we have climbed just a part of the mountain,
and there is so much more of a climb left to even get to point
to dream that we might be dazzled by what is Divine.

Our loads are heavy,
with worry, with regret,
with fatigue, with illness,
with despair for all in the world
that is hurting, in danger, in bondage and more.

We trudge ahead, following you,
stumbling, hoping, praying...
breathing hard, hearts pounding, and yes,
even some of us are nimble and skipping.

Lead us Lord,
to the top of that mountain,
where we might be dazzled by your Light,
lifted by what is Divine,
filled by the sheer delight
of what is numinous and ethereal and grounded and real.

We pray this,
for ourselves, for one another,
and for the worlds in which we live in.

~ written by rev karla, and posted on RevGalBlogPals. http://revgalblogpals.blogspot.ca/