A Prayer from Deitrich Bonhoeffer: I Cannot Do This Alone link
O God, early in the morning I cry to you.
Help me to pray and to concentrate my thoughts on you;
I cannot do this alone.
In me there is darkness, but with you there is light;
I am lonely, but you do not leave me; I am feeble in heart, but with you there is help;
I am restless, but with you there is peace. In me there is bitterness, but with you there is patience;
I do not understand your ways, but you know the way for me….
Restore me to liberty, and enable me to live now hat I may answer before you and before men.
Lord whatever this day may bring, Your name be praised.
From the Anglican Book of Common Prayer link:
Almighty God, you know that we have no power in ourselves
to help ourselves:
Keep us both outwardly in our bodies and inwardly in our souls,
that we may be defended from all adversities which may happen to the body,
and from all evil thoughts which may assault and hurt the soul;
through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, forever and ever.
A Prayer from Augustine of Hippo link:
Breathe in me, O Holy Spirit, that my thoughts may all be holy.
Act in me, O Holy Spirit, that my work, too, may be holy.
Draw my heart, O Holy Spirit, that I may love only what is holy.
Strengthen me, O Holy Spirit, that I may defend all that is holy.
Guard me, O Holy Spirit, that I myself may always be holy.
This will ring true for some people who have been rejected by the church-no matter how you feel about Beth Moore
or Roger Moor.
Benediction: Isaiah 60:1-2 link
Arise, shine, for your light has come,
And the glory of the Lord rises upon you.
See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness Is over the peoples,
But the Lord rises upon you and his glory appears over you.
Go in peace.