Saturday, June 4, 2016

All I Wanna Do is Post A Liturgy of Prayer

The font in the first post of this kept changing every time I pushed update, so cross our fingers that this one cooperates.

I don't know about you but some days I have a hard time praying. 
Who I am kidding, I have a hard time most days. 

But as I was reading 

by Brian Zahnd, which is now FREE on Kindle, I paid for mine, whatev...
He talks about the value of praying prayers that have already been laid out 
for us. He calls them, a liturgy of prayer. 
And to think when Jesus prayed, many of His prayers were straight from 
the Psalms. 
The very Word we read today!

He shares in his book a whole list of prayers that he's incorporated into 
his prayer life.

So I hope this is as helpful to you as it was and is to me. 


A Liturgy for Morning Prayer 
Father God, creator of heaven and earth, 
God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, 
God of Israel, God and Father of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, 
True and Living God who is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, 
Have mercy and hear my prayer. 

First Prayers 
O Lord, open our lips. And our mouth shall proclaim your praise. 
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: 
as it was in the beginning is now, and will be forever. Amen. Hallelujah. 

O God, make speed to save us. O Lord, make haste to help us. 

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: 
as it was in the beginning is now, and will be forever. Amen. Hallelujah. 

The Jesus Prayer 

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me. 

Confession of Sin 
Most merciful God, 
we confess that we have sinned against you 
in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, 
and by what we have left undone. 
We have not loved you with our whole heart; 
we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. 
We are truly sorry and we humbly repent. 
For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us; 
that we may delight in your   
will, and walk in your ways, 
to the glory of your Name. Amen. 

Psalm for the Day 
(Corresponding to the day of the year) 

Gospel Reading 
(According to the Revised Common Lectionary) 

Apostles’ Creed 
I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. 
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord. 
He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. 
He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. 
He descended to the dead. 
On the third day he rose again. 
He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right of the Father. 
He will come again to judge the living and the dead. 
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, 
the communion of the saints, the forgiveness of sins, 
the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. 

Jesus Prayer 
Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me. 

Psalm 23 
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. 
He makes me lie down in green pastures 
He leads me beside still waters. 
He restores my soul. 
He leads me in paths of righteousness for his Name’s sake. 
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, 
I shall fear no evil; 
For you are with me; Your rod and your staff, they comfort me.  
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; 
You anoint my head with oil, My cup overflows. 
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, 
and I will dwell in the house of the Lorforever. 

Psalm 91:1-2 
He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High, 
shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty 
I will say of the Lord, 
“You are my fortress and my refuge, my God in whom I will trust. 

Prayer for Family 
Psalm 103:1-5 
Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy Name. 
Bless the Lord, O my soul, 
and forget not all his benefits. 
He pardons all your iniquities, and heals all your diseases; 
He redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with lovingkindness 
and mercy; He satisfies you with good things, 
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. 
Bless the Lord, O my soul, And all that is within me bless his holy name. 

Lord’s Prayer 
Our Father, who art in heaven, 
hallowed be thy Name, 
thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. 
Give us this day our daily bread. 
And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. 
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. 
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. 

Jesus Prayer 
Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me. 

The Lord’s Prayer Expanded 
Our Father, Holy Father, Abba Father, in the heavens, 
Hallowed, holy, sacred be your name. 
From the rising of the sun, to the going down of the same, 
The name of the Lord is to be praised. 
Great is the Lord and greatly to be praised. 
Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God of hosts, 
The whole earth is full of your glory. 
Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God almighty, 
Who was and is and is to come. 
Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, On earth as it is in heaven. 
Thy government come, thy politics be done, 
On earth as it is in heaven. 
Thy reign and rule come, thy plans and purposes be done, 
On earth as it is in heaven. 
May we be an anticipation of the age to come. 
May we embody the reign of Christ here and now. 
Give us day by day our daily bread. 
Provide for the poor among us. 
As we seek first your kingdom and your justice, 
May all we need be provided for us. 
Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. 
Forgive us our sins as we 
forgive those who sin against us. 
Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors. 
Transform us by the Holy Spirit into a forgiving community of forgiven sinners. 
Lead us not into trouble, trial, tribulation or temptation. 
Be mindful of our frame, we are but dust, We can only take so much. 
Lead us out of the wilderness into the promised land that flows with milk 
and honey, 
Lead us out of the badlands into resurrection country. 
Deliver us from evil and the evil one. 
Save us from Satan, the accuser and adversary. 
So that no weapon formed against us shall prosper. 
So that every tongue that rises against us in accusation you will condemn. 
So that every fiery dart of the 
wicked one is extinguished by the shield of faith. 
So that as we submit to you and resist the devil, the devil flees. 
So that as we draw near to Jesus Christ lifted up, 
His cross becomes for us the axis of love expressed in forgiveness, 
That refounds the world; 
And the devil, who became the false ruler of the fallen world, 
Is driven out from among us. 
For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever. Amen 

Petition and Intercession 
(Making our needs known and praying for others) 


(Sitting with Jesus) 

Prayer to the Crucified Christ 
Lord Jesus, you stretched out your arms of love upon the hard wood 
of the cross that everyone might 
come within the reach of your saving embrace: So clothe us in your Spirit 
that we, 
reaching forth our hands 
in love, may bring those who do not know you to the knowledge and love 
of you; for the honor of your name. 

The Beatitudes 
Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 
Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. 
Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. 
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for justice, for they shall be satisfied. 
Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy. 
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. 
Blessed are the peacemakers, 
for they shall be called the children of God. Blessed are those who are 
persecuted for righteousness sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 

Prayer for Peace 
O God, you have made of one blood all the peoples of the earth, 
and sent your blessed Son 
to preach peace 
to those who are far off and to those who are near: 
Grant that people everywhere may seek after you 
and find you; bring the nations into your fold; pour out your Spirit 
upon all flesh; 
and hasten the coming 
of your kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord. 

Prayer of St. Francis 
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace. 
Where there is hatred, let me sow love; 
Where there is injury, pardon; 
Where there is doubt, faith; 
Where there is despair, hope; 
Where there is darkness, light; 
And where there is sadness, joy, 
O Divine Master, grant that I 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. 

Prayer for the Week 
(The weekly collect from The Book of Common Prayer) 

Prayer for Grace 
Lord God, almighty and everlasting Father, you have brought us in safety 
to this new day: 
preserve us with your mighty power, 
that we may not fall into sin, nor be overcome by adversity; 
and in all we do, direct us to the fulfilling of your purpose, 
through Jesus Christ our Lord. 
Prayer of Thanksgiving 
Almighty God, Father of all mercies, we your unworthy servants give 
you humble thanks for all your 
goodness and lovingkindness to us and to all whom you have made. 
We bless you for our creation, 
preservation, and all the blessings of this life; but above all for 
your immeasurable love 
in the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ; 
for the means of grace, and for the hope of glory. 
And, we pray, give us such an awareness of your mercies, 
that with truly thankful hearts we may show 
forth your praise, not only with our lips, but in our lives, 
by giving up our selves to your service, and by 
walking before you in holiness and righteousness all our days; 
through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and 
the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory throughout all ages. Amen. 

Prayer for Mercy 
Lord, have mercy. Christ, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. 

Confession of the Mystery 
Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again. 

Jesus Prayer 
Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me.