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Monthly prayers

February

7 February (Transfiguration Sunday)

'They saw his glory...' (Luke 9:32)

O God,
whose beauty is beyond our imagining,
and whose power we cannot comprehend:
show us your glory
as far as we can grasp it,
and shield us
from knowing more than we can bear
until we may look upon you without fear,
through Jesus Christ,
Amen.

Janet Morley


10 February (Ash Wednesday)

O God,
you have made us for yourself,
and against your longing there is no defence.
Mark us with your love,
and release in us a passion for your justice
in our disfigured world;
that we may turn from our guilt and face you,
our heart’s desire.
Amen.

Janet Morley


14 February (First Sunday in Lent)

'Worship the Lord your God, and serve only him.' (Luke 4:8)

O Christ, who entered into the lonely desert,
and who, facing hunger, danger and temptation
did not turn aside
but affirmed the way of self-giving love;
strengthen us to resist the false attraction of easy answers,
magic fixes,
abuses of power,
and the delusion that there is any way apart from justice
in which God's justice can be done.
Amen


21 February (Second Sunday in Lent)

'I believe that I shall see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.' (Psalms 27:13)

Gracious God,
who has given land and water for our sustenance,
we pray for the people in the occupied Palestinian territory
where land has been seized and water supplies stopped,
who hunger for justice in the face of repression.
Bring peace, that your people may enjoy the fruit of the land,
and justice, that they may live abundantly
in accordance with your loving purpose.
Amen.

Rev Dr Nicholas Taylor, from And Everyone Ate And Had Enough, Christian Aid / Scottish Episcopal Church, 2014

 

28 February (Third Sunday in Lent)

'For you have been my help, and in the shadow of your wings I sing for joy.' (Psalms 63:7)

God of justice, keep us silent
When the only words we have to utter
Are ones of judgement, exclusion or prejudice
Teach us to face the wounds in our own hearts.

God of justice, give us power of speech
To resist injustice, oppression and hate
Not only on our own behalf
But for others who are not heard.
Make us peacemakers and restorers of the streets.

God of power, keep us silent
So that we may listen respectfully
To another person's pain
Without trying to fade or fix it,
For you are present within each one of us.

God of power, give us courage
To share our gifts of speech
To comfort, uphold and strengthen.
Let us be a glimpse of your love to those in need.

God of love, in the silence of our hearts
Give us words of welcome, acceptance and renewal
So that when we speak
Our words come from you.

God of love, give us voices of praise
To celebrate each other
And the glories of creation
Believing that we all live within your blessing.
Amen.

Yvonne Morland, from Praying for the Dawn, edited by Ruth Burgess and Kathy Galloway, Wild Goose Publications, 2000 

 

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