Liturgical Resources: Prayers

United Thank Offering
December 10, 2009

Prayer resources abound! Some suggestions:

Women’s Uncommon Prayers - Morehouse Publishing 2000
Prayers Old and New (revised) - Forward Movement
A General Thanksgiving - BCP 58 & 101
Thanksgivings - BCP 836-841
Other thanksgiving prayers - BCP index p. 813

Table Graces
For work well done and work to do,
We praise your name, O Lord.
For those we love and need to love,
We praise your name, O Lord.
For awareness of You in the common and unexpected,
We praise your name, O Lord.
For bread and wine, our food and drink,
We praise your name, O Lord.
BARBARA HOPWOOD

Oh Thou who clothest the lilies
And feedest the birds of the sky;
And leadest the lambs to the pasture
And the hart to the waterside;
Who multiplied loaves and fishes
And converted water to wine—
Do Thou come to our table
As guest and giver to dine.
MRS. THERESA EVANS

I asked God to take away my pain.
God said, No. It is not for me to take away,
but for you to give it up.
I asked God to make my handicapped child whole.
God said, No.Her spirit was whole, her
body was only temporary.
I asked God to grant me patience.
God said, No. Patience is a byproduct of
tribulations; it isn’t granted, it is earned.
I asked God to give me happiness.
God said, No. I give you blessings.
Happiness is up to you.
I asked God to spare me pain.
God said, No. Suffering draws you apart from
worldly cares and brings you closer to me.
I asked God to make my spirit grow.
God said, No. You must grow on your own,
but I will prune you to make you fruitful.
I asked for all things that I might enjoy life.
God said, No. I will give you life so that you
may enjoy all things.
I asked God to help me LOVE others, as much as
He loves me. God said ... Ahhh, finally you have the idea.
AUTHOR UNKNOWN

Other Prayers
Sunlit leaves, sweet morning breezes
Your blessings excite my being
Thanks, Lord.
Buzzing bees, spiders and carpenter ants
Dutifully scurry on their way
Thanks, Lord.
Frisky chipmunks, chickadees and finches
Chirping a welcoming symphony
Thanks, Lord.
Creation’s artful display
A daily walking meditation
Thanks, Lord.
PEGGY ANN WILDS

LORD, bless the food upon our dishes
As you did the loaves and fishes,
And like the sugar in our tea
May our lives be stirred by thee.
GIVEN TO ECW BY ANNA FIELD

GOD, we thank you for this food,
For rest and home and all things good,
For wind and rain and sun above,
But most of all for those we love. Amen
UNKNOWN

HEAVENLY FATHER, giver of all good gifts
Take our hands and lead us through the coming days.
Teach us to share your gifts and blessings with others
Along life’s way.
TRANSLATED FROM
THE GERMAN EDITION OF THE UPPER ROOM

Goodness is stronger than evil;
Love is stronger than hate;
Light is stronger than darkness;
Life is stronger than death;
Victory is ours through Him who loves us.
DESMOND TUTU, SOUTH AFRICA

ALMIGHTY GOD;
you give seed for us to sow,
and bread for us to eat;
make us thankful for what we have received;
make us rich to do those generous things
which supply your people’s needs;
so all the world may give you thanks and glory.
A NEW ZEALAND PRAYER BOOK

Be thou beside me to defend me
Be thou within me to keep me
Be thou before me to lead me
Be thou above me and bless me
Be thou behind me to guard me
That in thee and with thee
I may live and have my being forever. Amen
UNKNOWN

MY LORD GOD,
I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot
know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself, and the fact
that I think I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing
so.But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you.And I hope
I have that desire in all that I am doing. I hope that I will never do anything
apart from that desire.And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right
road though I may know nothing about it. Therefore will I trust you always
though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death. I will not fear, for
you are ever with me, and you will never leave me to face my perils alone.
THOMAS MERTON “THOUGHTS IN SOLITUDE”

ALMIGHTY GOD, Thank you for all the women of the world, and especially
for the women gathered here this evening. Renew our spirits through the love
and friendship we enjoy at this, our Annual Corporate Communion. Help us
to use our various talents to explore our different backgrounds, to develop our
different occupations, to share our love of each other and to find that common
thread of worship, devotion and communion that will bind us together in lives
of service to You. In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen
MARTHA FISHER
DIOCESE OF DELAWARE

Give us, Dear Lord, the modesty to know that the work in which we are
engaged is but a part of your whole Church.
Give us faithfulness to fulfill that part by being all that we are
meant to be and doing only what we are meant to do.
And give us that enthusiasm to share the tasks with those
whom you have called in other ways,
that together we may proclaim your great salvation.
Through Jesus Christ, Our Lord. Amen
CHURCHMISSION SOCIETY

May the God of Eve teach your broken bones to dance.
May the God of Hagar bring you comfort in the desert times
of your life.
May the God of Miriam bring companions to you on your way.
May the God of Deborah grant you courage for your battles.
May the Christ who knew Mary and Martha show you the way of balance.
May the Christ who healed the bent-over woman heal your pain.
May the Christ of Mary Magdala send you out to proclaim your story.
In the name of Christ who is the memory, hope and authority
of the future. Amen
BY MARY ZIMMER
IN “WOMEN’S PSALMS” SAINT MARY’S PRESS

An easy thing, O Power Divine,
To thank Thee for these gifts of Thine,
For summer’s sunshine, winter’s snow,
For hearts that kindle, thoughts that glow.
THOMAS W. HIGGINSON
Oh, Lord, thank you for the blessings in my life—
my family and friends I Pray that these coins go to those who need
them, that their lives may be turned around. I ask this in your Son’s
name, Jesus Christ. Amen
BETSY KYLE, DIOCESE OF CONNECTICUT

We thank you, Lord, for the material resources which support the
life and witness of your Church, for those in many places who have
given them, and for those who help to use them responsibly in our
service.May we use your gifts creatively, faithfully, wisely, boldly;
and may our constant aim be the furtherance of your kingdom.
Amen

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