Last week I did not have an opportunity to post my weekly list of prayers from facebook and twitter, so I thought that I would get a head start and post them early this week. Some of them are drawn from the liturgies that we used at the Celtic retreat so are a little longer than usual.
God awaken us to Jesus, give us his passion for prayer,
God awaken us to Jesus, give us his passion for people,
God awaken us to Jesus, give us new hearts and new spirits,
God awaken us, may our needs drive us to you and the needs of others drive us to them,
God awaken us, let zeal for your ways consume us.
Father may we stand,
In the centre of your hope and promises.
Christ may we stand,
In the centre of your love and faithfulness.
Spirit may we stand,
In the centre of your sustaining presence.
One in Three, Three in One may we stand,
In the centre of your eternal purposes forever.
Life of God be with you this day,
Love of the Creator fill your heart,
Light of the Saviour guide your steps,
Hope of the Sanctifier teach your minds,
Life of the Three sustain you,
Love of the One encircle you,
Now and always, this day and forever.
Lord, let us walk into this day
Your light before us,
Your shield behind us,
Your friends beside us.
Lord, let us walk into this week
Your life before us,
Your strength behind us,
Your love around us.
Lord, let us walk from this place,
Your wisdom before us,
Your truth behind us,
Your breath within us.
Lord, let us walk into the world,
Gratitude in our hearts,
Thanksgiving on our lips,
Joy in our spirits.
Lord, let us walk into your loving presence,
In the name of the One who loves us,
In the name of the One who cares,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit, Amen.
(The Rising – one of my favourite Celtic prayers)
Let us go forth,
In the goodness of our merciful Father,
In the gentleness of our brother Jesus,
In the radiance of the Holy Spirit,
In the faith of the apostles,
In the joyful praise of the angels,
In the holiness of the saints,
In the courage of the martyrs.
Let us go forth,
In the wisdom of our all-seeing Father,
In the patience of our all-loving brother,
In the truth of the all-knowing Spirit,
In the learning of the apostles
In the gracious guidance of the angels,
In the patience of the saints,
In the self control of the martyrs,
Such is the path for all servants of Christ,
The path from death to eternal life
As this day begins Christ be with us,
Be in our hearts and in our minds,
Be in our souls and in our spirits,
Be in our thoughts and in our desires.
As the day begins Christ walk beside us,
Show us the love only you can give,
Show us the light only you can provide,
Show us the wholeness only you can reveal.
As the day begins, Christ surround us,
Circle us with your presence,
Protect and keep us,
Bring us the assurance of your love.
Let us walk into this day
God’s light before us,
God’s shield behind us,
God’s friends beside us.
Let us be filled
With the music of God’s world,
With the wonder of God’s love,
With the glory of God’s presence.
May the prayers of my heart be acceptable to you O God.
May they be rooted in the reality of your presence,
And grow in the security of your love.
May they blossom in the assurance of your faithfulness,
And bear kingdom fruit, abundant, pressed down,
Overflowing from my heart to others.
Go into the world today knowing we are touched by the Triune God,
Let your life shine with the holiness of God,
Let your heart be transformed by the peace of Christ,
Let your ways be filled with the joy of the Spirit.