Saturday Morning Prayer November 16


Saturday Prayers for Perseverance and Renewal

(from Daily Prayer for All Seasons)


Opening

My grace is sufficient for you,
for power is made perfect in weakness.

Prayer

Grant us, O God, not to be anxious about earthly things but to love things heavenly and, even now, while we are placed among things that are passing away, to hold fast to those that shall endure; through Christ our Lord, Amen.

Praise

Peace before us before us, peace behind us,
Peace under our feet.
Peace within us, peace over us,
Let all around us be peace.

Light before us, light behind us,
Light under our feet.
Light within us, light over us,
Let all around us be light.

Love before us, love behind us,
Love under our feet.
Love within us, love over us,
Let all around us be love.

Christ before us, Christ behind us,
Christ under our feet.
Christ within us, Christ over us,
Let all around us be Christ.


Words: David Haas (based on a Navaho prayer)

Scripture

Daily Office Lectionary Readings:

1 Macc. 2:1-28

Rev. 20:1-6

Matt. 16:21-28

Reflection:

When I came to you, brothers and sisters, I did not come proclaiming the mystery of God to you in lofty words or wisdom. My speech and my proclamation were not with the persuasiveness of wisdom but with a demonstration of the Spirit and of power, so that your faith might rest not on human wisdom but on the power of God. I Corinthians 2:1,4-5

Meditation

Whenever I am weak, then I am strong. St. Paul (2 Corinthians 12:10b)

How do we find strength manifested in weakness?

Prayers

In our daily tasks,
God surrounds us.
In our successes and failures,
God surrounds us.
In our joys and sorrows,
God surrounds us.
With the healing of our world,
God surrounds us.

We pray for all who celebrate, or seek, or need God’s love:

As we continue our day,
God surrounds us in hope.

Lord’s Prayer

Our Father in heaven, 
     hallowed be your Name, 
     your kingdom come, 
     your will be done, 
         on earth as in heaven. 
Give us today our daily bread. 
Forgive us our sins 
     as we forgive those 
         who sin against us. 
Save us from the time of trial, 
     and deliver us from evil. 
For the kingdom, the power, 
     and the glory are yours, 
     now and for ever. Amen.

Prayer

O Holy One, we keep still; we listen.
We hear you say, “I am your strength.”
And we say to you, “You are our redeemer.”
Amen.

Going Out

My grace is sufficient for you,
for power is made perfect in weakness.