Prayer for Epiphany Week 2

 

I know it has been quite some time since I included my prayer reflections. Life has been busy but I aim to renew the practice. This is my prayer reflection on John 2:1-11, the lectionary text for today. 

 

Six stone jars stood empty.

The had held the water

for the washing of hands.

Now they sat hollow in the entry way.

 

Mother Mary had come and

begged You,

Defend the honor of the hosts.

May no one know the limits of their hospitality,

that they invited guests but did not have enough.

 

Six stone jars stood empty.

They had held the water

for the washing of hands.

You had them filled to the brim.

 

And when they poured them out.

Wine flowed–better than any wine

the guest had, had  before. the chief steward

was full of wonder (though he did not know the source).

 

Six stone jars stood empty

They had held the water,

which had turned to wine.

Long after the guests had their fill

and Ordinary Time resumed they held

the memory of the wine on their tongue.

Later they would remember You were there.

The day that everything changed.

 

Prayer in Ordinary Time (week 7 after Pentecost)

I mistakenly named last week’s prayer as week seven after Pentecost, but no matter (prayer is prayer). This prayer is  my reflection (paraphrase and amplification) on Psalm 24 which gives us three ‘who’ questions (the first two occur in  parallelism and the last question is a repeated refrain).

  1. Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord?
  2. Who shall stand in His Holy Place?
  3. Who is the King of Glory?
  4. Who is the King of Glory?
The Psalm itself bears evidence of its use in corporate worship (the Q and A seems to be a call and response). I also have changed the Psalm from speaking about God (in the third person) to speaking to God. This is not a straight paraphrase but a way of using this psalm as prayer.

The earth is yours–all there is and all who live here!

           Maker of rivers and seas.

Who shall ascend your holy hill and stand in the holy place where you dwell?

          Those of us who are blameless—

                                            with clean hands

                                                    who do not worship idols

                                                                  who do not tell lies.

                    

           As we walk in your ways you will bless us and justify us

                  for You are the God of our Salvation.

                     May we like Jacob be numbered among those who

                            wrestle through the night and seek your face.

 

Let us lift up our heads and open the way for our King of Glory to enter in fullness!

       Who are You, King of Glory?

           You are the strong and mighty Lord, mighty in battle!

 

Let us lift up my head and open the doors for our King of Glory to enter in fullness!

      Who are You,  King of Glory?

           The Lord of the angel armies–You are our King of Glory!

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Prayer for Ordinary Time (Fifth Sunday after Pentecost)

This prayer is my reflection on the following texts from today’s lectionary texts: Psalm 130, 2 Cor. 8:7-14, Mark 5: 21:43. 

Out of the depths I call to you–

knowing that if you counted my sins, I could not stand.

My soul waits,

More than the watch man waits,

more than the watch man waits.

Lord our friends and loved ones die,

they get sick and old and we watch them suffer

for years and wonder why.

We see people healthy and full of life reduced by disease

to a shadow of their former self.

My soul waits,

More than the watch man waits,

more than the watch man waits.

When you wore our flesh

and drank the dregs of humanity

you healed those who suffered year after year,

you beheld grieving parents and raised the dead.

We long to see your healing and life in the lives of those we care about.

We grieve and ache as we watch our friends in anguish.

and yet we know that with you there is mercy

redemption–plenteous redemption.

Lead us into your spacious way.

My soul waits,

More than the watch man waits,

more than the watch man waits.

Prayers for Ordinary Time (4th Sunday after Pentecost)

 

The following prayer is my reflection on the lectionary texts from the daily office  for this morning which included psalms of  praise, frightened Israelites under God’s judgment for their grumbling, Jesus promising to bring a sword to the earth and the Church struggling to come to terms with what it means to include the Gentiles.  Trust and terror, enmity and inclusion. Each of these names a piece of our experience as we invite Christ into all of our lives.  May you grow in trust and hope as you walk with Jesus through this season.

Lord, we grumble in our wilderness–

our dwelling between swords and peace.

In You we trust, though we sometimes forget in the

face of the giants of the land.

We still strive for the good land,

knowing You are walking with us

and have done great things for us.

 

Because of You the sea–

the chaos that threatened our life–

became dry land and

we walked

through fire

pursuing your promise.

 

Let your face shine on us. . .

May your saving way be known among the nations

bringing us all to our knees before You.

Bless all those who trust in You.