January 2014

<em>a favorite of Rev. Dr. Larry Grimes of Bethany</em>


Fire of the Spirit, life of the lives of creatures,spiral of sanctity, bond of all natures,glow of charity, lights of clarity, tasteof sweetness to sinners, be with us and hear us.

Composer of all things, light of all the risen,key of salvation, release from the dark prison,hope of all unions, scope of chastities, joyin the glory, strong honour, be with us and hear us.Amen.

Hildegard of Bingen





a favorite prayer from Rev. Judy Bennett:

In the quiet of this place,
In the dark of the night,
I wait and watch.
The senses of my heart are awake to you.
In the stillness of my soul
I search in the silence of my spirit, O God.
Celtic Benediction — source unknown

A prayer in praise for the gift of the day:

In Christ Jesus
the life-giving law of the Spirit
has set us free
from the law of sin and death.
Let us worship God.

Blessed are you, O God,
from our earliest days
you call each of us by name,
to hear you in Jesus, your anointed One,
that we may draw others to be his disciples.
For these and all his mercies, we praise you:
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit:
Blessed be God for ever!

from www.Oremus.org

a favorite prayer of Rev. Dr. Larry Grimes of Bethany:

Behold, Lord, an empty vessel that needs to be filled. My Lord, fill it.
I am weak in the faith; strengthen me.
I am cold in love; warm me and make me fervent, that my love may go out to my neighbor.
I do not have a strong and firm faith; at times I doubt and am unable to trust you altogether. O Lord, help me. Strengthen my faith and trust in you.
In you I have sealed the treasure of all I have.
I am poor; you are rich and came to be merciful to the poor.
I am a sinner; you are upright.
With me, there is an abundance of sin; in you is the fullness of righteousness.
Therefore I will will remain with you, of whom I can receive, but to whom I may not give.
Martin Luther


from Oremus.org, the suggested intercessions for this Sunday, the Feast of the Baptism of Jesus Christ:

Lover of souls, you seal us by your Holy Spirit in baptism and claim us as your own forever: May our offering of beautiful worship be acceptable in your sight. Lord, give strength to your people; bless us with peace.

Lover of souls, you sit enthroned as King for evermore: May the leaders of the nations do justice and govern with mercy. Lord, give strength to your people; bless us with peace.

Lover of souls, you created the heavens and the earth: We praise you that you make holy such basic things of earth—water for baptism, grapes and grain to sustain our souls. Lord, give strength to your people; bless us with peace.

Lover of souls, you forgive the sins of the penitent and care for the injured: Be with all victims of gun violence; heal and convert the hearts of the violent. May our city know peace. Lord, give strength to your people; bless us with peace.

Lover of souls, your voice is a voice of splendor: speak healing and comfort to all the heartbroken and needy. Lord, give strength to your people; bless us with peace.

Lover of souls, you called the light into being: Let light perpetual shine on those who have died. May we all rest in the hope of life eternal. Lord, give strength to your people; bless us with peace.

God, your voice moves over the waters.  Immerse us in your grace, mark us with your image, and raise us to live our baptismal vows empowered by the Holy Spirit and the example of Christ our Lord, in whose name we pray. Amen.

Inspire us with the fire of your Spirit to join in the transforming work of Jesus, your Beloved. Amen.


The closing sentence reprinted from _Revised Common Lectionary Prayers_, copyright (c) 2002 Consultation on Common Texts. The intercession is by Jeremiah Williamson at http://jeremiahwilliamson.blogspot.com.

a favorite of Rev. David Chafin:

We give you thanks, O Lord, for the rest of the past night and for the gift of a new day, with its opportunities for loving others and pleasing you.  Grant that we may pass its hours in the perfect freedom of your service, that at evening we may again give thanks to you.  Amen    

Eastern Orthodox tradition

a favorite devotion of Rev. Dr. Larry Grimes:

Let nothing disturb you,
Let nothing frighten you,
All things are passing away:
God never changes.
Patience obtains all things
Whoever has God lacks nothing;
God alone suffices.
— St. Teresa of Avila   http://www.ewtn.com/devotionals/prayers/stteresaofavila.htm

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