Monday, May 02, 2011

Prayers and Lessons for Today

O Almighty God, kindle, we beseech you, in every heart the true love of peace, and guide with your wisdom those who take counsel for the nations of the earth, that in tranquility your dominion may increase until the earth is filled with the knowledge of your love; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit one God, now and for ever. Amen.

A Reading from the prophet Micah

1 In the last days
the mountain of the LORD’s temple will be established
as the highest of the mountains;
it will be exalted above the hills,
and peoples will stream to it.
2 Many nations will come and say,
“Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD,
to the temple of the God of Jacob.
He will teach us his ways,
so that we may walk in his paths.”
The law will go out from Zion,
the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.
3 He will judge between many peoples
and will settle disputes for strong nations far and wide.
They will beat their swords into plowshares
and their spears into pruning hooks.
Nation will not take up sword against nation,
nor will they train for war anymore.
4 Everyone will sit under their own vine
and under their own fig tree,
and no one will make them afraid,
for the LORD Almighty has spoken.
5 All the nations may walk
in the name of their gods,
but we will walk in the name of the LORD
our God for ever and ever.

PSALM 85:7-13

7 Show us your unfailing love, LORD,
and grant us your salvation.
8 I will listen to what God the LORD says;
he promises peace to his people, his faithful servants—
but let them not turn to folly.
9 Surely his salvation is near those who fear him,
that his glory may dwell in our land.
10 Love and faithfulness meet together;
righteousness and peace kiss each other.
11 Faithfulness springs forth from the earth,
and righteousness looks down from heaven.
12 The LORD will indeed give what is good,
and our land will yield its harvest.
13 Righteousness goes before him
and prepares the way for his steps.

GOSPEL - Matthew 5:43-48

43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 46 If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? 47 And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? 48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.


O God, you made us in your own image and redeemed us through Jesus your Son: Look with compassion on the whole human family; take away the arrogance and hatred which infect our hearts; break down the walls that separate us; unite us in bonds of love; and work through our struggle and confusion to accomplish your purposes on earth; that, in your good time, all nations and races may serve you in harmony around your heavenly throne; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

God, in your mercy;
Hear our prayer.

Eternal God, in whose perfect kingdom no sword is drawn but the sword of righteousness, no strength known but the strength of love: So mightily spread abroad your Spirit, that all peoples may be gathered under the banner of the Prince of Peace, as children of one Creator; to whom be dominion and glory, now and for ever.

God, in your mercy;
Hear our prayer.

Almighty God our heavenly Father, guide the nations of the world into the way of justice and truth, and establish among them that peace which is the fruit of righteousness, that they may become the kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

God, in your mercy;
Hear our prayer.

O God, the Father of all, whose Son commanded us to love our enemies: Lead them and us from prejudice to truth: deliver them and us from hatred, cruelty, and revenge; and in your good time enable us all to stand reconciled before you, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

God, in your mercy;
Hear our prayer.

A Prayer attributed to St. Francis
Lord, make us instruments of your peace. Where there is hatred, let us sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is discord, union; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy. Grant that we may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen.


RevMama said...

Let the people say "Amen." I've added some of these collects to my own daily prayers.

LGMarshall said...

thank you so much for the beautiful scripture from God's Word, I agree, no one can say it better than our God. Our God loves Peace, that is why he sent, Prince of Peace, to save all Mankind. [Anyone who makes Peace is a Man after God's own heart.]

It's a different era we live in. I noticed it on the playground when my children were young in the '90s. If someone got hurt, or fell down, or did something embarrassing, the majority reaction would be laughter. I was taught by my parents to not act that way, and I taught my kids the same thing. The difference being, that I was obedient, but today's youth isn't. Maybe it's TV or Internet where they become inured? Who knows. I have refused to tune in to the Media, I have no desire to see any Americans jubilant in the streets celebrating bin Laden's demise.

I still have trust in US Military,& our President, and I trust they did what they had to do. I know it's our policy to bring someone in alive to face a fair trial, but I trust that Plan B, became necessary in the split seconds as the scenario unfolded.

Our God is Just, and that is a character that we model civilization after. Justice was done. I'm somber. I'm proud of American people that persevered in the face of obstacles, time was against us, money was against us, soldiers gave their lives for this, yet, as a Christian Nation, Righteousness continues to be our only Choice.

"...all the nations may walk in the name of their gods, but we will walk in the name of the LORD our God for ever....' amen.