Lauds (Morning Prayer)
“God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble. So, we will not fear…” (Psalm 46.1-2, NLT, Hebrew bible)
“For all the times we fail to affirm and promote the inherent worth and dignity of every person, when we do not affirm and promote the goal of a world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all, when we live as though interdependence were a personal choice and not a fact of our existence, we ask forgiveness of one another and we vow to begin again, in this and every moment.” (Mary Edes)
To God, immortal, invisible, and all wise, be honor and glory, now and forever. Amen. (1 Timothy 1.17, New Testament)
Statement of Faith
(by Durrell Watkins, based on the Apostles’ Creed)
“I believe in God, the Good,
and in the message and mission of God’s anointed prophet, Jesus the Wayshower who was born of Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was executed for empowering the powerless and restoring the dignity of the marginalized, and yet he lives in our hearts and ministry.
I believe in the omnipresent power of divine Love, in the Blessed Community, in the sacred value of all people, and in life without end. Amen.”
Model Prayer (aka “The Lord’s Prayer”, using non-patriarchal language)
Creator which art in heaven, hallowed be thy names; thy kin-dom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kin-dom, the power, and the glory forever. Amen.
Show us your mercy, O Lord; and grant us your salvation.
Clothe your ministers with righteousness. Let your people sing with joy.
Give peace, O Lord, in all the world; for only in you can we live in safety.
Lord, keep this nation under your care; and guide us in the way of justice and truth.
Let your way be known upon earth, Your saving health among all nations.
Let not the needy, O Lord, be forgotten, nor the hope of the poor be taken away.
Create in us clean hearts, O God; and sustain us with your holy Spirit.
I pray for my loved ones today.
I pray for travelers.
I pray for those who need healing in mind, body, or affairs.
I pray for those who grieve.
And I pray for the departed; may they rest in peace.
For Social Justice
“Grant, O God, that your holy and life-giving Spirit may so move every human heart, that barriers which divide us may crumble, suspicions disappear, and hatreds cease; that our divisions being healed, we may live in justice and peace…Amen.” (Book of Common Prayer)
I give thanks for the blessings in my life, especially for those I now name…
“The light of God surrounds me; the love of God enfolds me. The power of God protects me; the presence of God watches over me. Wherever I am, God is.” (James Dillet Freeman)