A Prayer of Thanks for the Four Elements

A Prayer of Thanks for the Four Elements (written by Talitha Arnold, with ideas from the Children of United Church of Santa Fe.) A Prayer for Air: We thank you, God, for the gift of air – For cool breezes and brisk winds that refresh us, For blue skies and crystal clear nights, For theContinue reading “A Prayer of Thanks for the Four Elements”

Remembering all living things in prayer

This prayer is commonly attributed to Saint Basil, the Bishop of Caesarea in the fourth century, though this is somewhat contested. Irrespective of it’s origins I think we can benefit from it. O God, enlarge within us the sense of fellowship with all living things, even our brothers, the animals, to whom Thou gave theContinue reading “Remembering all living things in prayer”

The daily Trinitarian prayer of John Stott

Heavenly Father, I pray that I may live this day in your presence and please you more and more. Lord Jesus, I pray that this day I may take up my cross and follow you. Holy Spirit, I pray that this day you will fill me with yourself and cause your fruit to ripen inContinue reading “The daily Trinitarian prayer of John Stott”

Is it okay for Christians to pray to saints?

As a Protestant, I am sure you are expecting me to answer no, and insist that prayer should be directed to God alone. And you’re right, that is my position. What may surprise you though, is that I concede that the official Catholic position is much the same. How is this? Read on. The officialContinue reading “Is it okay for Christians to pray to saints?”

A Prayer of Indigenous Peoples, Refugees, Immigrants, and Pilgrims

A Prayer of Indigenous Peoples, Refugees, Immigrants, and Pilgrims Triune God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, we come before you as many parts of a single body. people drawn from every tribe, every nation, every language; some indigenous—peoples of the land; some refugees, immigrants, pilgrims—people on the move; some hosts, some guests, some both hostsContinue reading “A Prayer of Indigenous Peoples, Refugees, Immigrants, and Pilgrims”

Refuge for the oppressed

Immigration Dear Lord, our shelter and refuge for the oppressed, we praise you for your ultimate power and unsurpassable love. We thank you for your unfailing justice and we thank you for never forsaking those who love you. O Lord of compassion, we ask for your continued mercy for those who seek shelter, for theContinue reading “Refuge for the oppressed”