Prayers: Beginning

Before Daylight

Enter into the stillness of the dawn,
the stillness that waits
below the surface of the hour's busyness;
the eternal quiet welling
beneath the pounded pavement of the world's road.

Enter in,
not to escape the trouble,
but to draw living strength
to give yourself
to each face, each task, each moment.

Enter the pool of presence.
Draw peace there, to be peace
in the garden of the given day.
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1 John 1.5

And so, we pray......
May we walk in your light.
May your love be our guide.
In your Word, we read forgiveness
as you guide our hearts to peace.

Silence

O God of transforming grace, we come to you,
carrying our frailty like a wound that never heals.
Despite our best intentions, we fail you,
hurting others and ourselves.
You know the heights we would climb
and the depths to which we fall.
Yet you welcome us with joy
and you look upon us only with love.
In your Word, we read forgiveness
as you guide our hearts to peace.
You see our sin and hear our excuses,
yet your response is to help us more
and lift us up so that once again
we can pledge ourselves
to that high love we see in Jesus.
In your Word, we read forgiveness
as you guide our hearts to peace.
Enable us now to make our new beginning,
drawing this consolation from the faith
you have shown in us and will continue to show,
for you have pledged yourself to us forever.
In your Word, we read forgiveness
as you guide our hearts to peace.
Show us again how to set aside fear
and live with confidence, so that,
filled with your compassionate Spirit,
we can be obedient, despite our weakness,
and hopeful, despite our humanity.
In your Word, we read forgiveness
as you guide our hearts to peace.

Silence.

God who is faithful and just forgives us,
cleansing us from wrong and giving us strength
so that we may walk the onward road,
radiant with God's glory.
May we walk in your light.
May your love be our guide.
In your Word, we read forgiveness
as you guide our hearts to peace.

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