We pray this prayer most school-year Tuesdays as a part of Communion celebrations at UKirk Ole Miss; Oxford, MS, 2017.
O Lord, when the earth was a formless void you called creation into being, and made us in your image. Even as your people throughout time drift away from you over and over again, you bring us back to you, every time. Like a potter you shape and reshape us, mess and all, seeing the inherent beauty of life even when we can’t.
You so loved us that you came to earth as a walking, sleeping, eating savior named Jesus. Baptized as one among us, he ate with outcasts, proclaimed good news to the poor, and by the power of your Word set people free from all that bound them. In humble obedience to you, he paid the ultimate price, but in his resurrection you remind us that death and darkness do not have the final word.
Just as on Pentecost Your Spirit stirred up the air and stirred people’s hearts, Your Spirit moves through our lives today in unexpected ways, illuminating the depth of our connections to You and to each other. You sustain us even at the times when we feel most emptied.
Gracious God, pour out your Holy Spirit upon us and upon these your gifts of bread and cup, that the bread we break and the cup we bless may be the communion of the body and blood of Christ. By your Spirit unite us with the living Christ and with each other, as we pray together the words that Jesus taught us:
Eternal Spirit, Earth-maker, Pain bearer, Life-giver, Source of all that is and that shall be, Father and Mother of us all, Loving God, in whom is heaven:
The hallowing of your name echo through the universe! The way of your justice be followed by the peoples of the world! Your heavenly will be done by all created beings! Your commonwealth of peace and freedom sustain our hope and come on earth!
With the bread we need for today, feed us. In the hurts we absorb from one another, forgive us. In times of temptation and test, strengthen us. From trial too great to endure, spare us. From the grip of all that is evil, free us. For you reign in the glory of the power that is love, now and forever. Amen.
The non-bolded words are a combo of the personal statement of faith I wrote during my ordination process, and some bits and pieces adapted from prayers of Great Thanksgiving in the Book of Common Worship (Westminster John Knox, 1993).
The bolded words are a reflection on the Lord’s Prayer from A New Zealand Prayer Book (Harper Collins, 1997).