Prayers

Latest Prayers

A listing of recently published prayers.

Last updated: 
June 26, 2017

Creating God,
As we mark the 150th anniversary of the Confederation of Canada,
we remember and give thanks
for the people who have been the stewards of this land
since time immemorial,
and commit ourselves to the work of justice, healing, and reconciliation.

Together we dream about the country that we hope to become,
a country where all are free to be their best selves.
Amen.

- a prayer for Canada Day

Last updated: 
June 2, 2017

Constant Friend, because

People of every sexual orientation, gender expression, and gender identity have the right to live with dignity and without persecution or discrimination, we

Remember in our prayers:

LGBTQ+ people of Chechnya, Uganda, Zambia, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, and elsewhere who have been murdered and tortured because of who they are. We remember them and the people who love them.

Last updated: 
June 12, 2017

Let us give thanks to our Creator
for the Creator is always with us.

God is with us in the call of a loon
and in the flight of an eagle.

Our Creator is with us in the changing of the seasons.

God is with us when we gather together
and when we are alone.

Our Creator is with us in our giftedness
and in our search for new understandings of ourselves,
new visions of our communities.

Let us give thanks to God, our Creator.

Last updated: 
May 29, 2017

Holy Spirit, love divine,
glow within this heart of mine.
Kindle every high desire,
purify me with your fire....

Holy Spirit, peace divine,
still this restless heart of mine.
Speak to calm this tossing sea,
grant me your tranqillity.

—from "Holy Spirit, Truth Divine" (Voices United 368),
words Samuel Longfellow 1864,
suitable for Pentecost Sunday

Last updated: 
May 15, 2017

Creator,
We pray, with others around the world,
for those facing extreme hunger and starvation in
South Sudan, Somalia, Nigeria, Kenya, and Yemen.

Redeemer,
Let us be part of a world response
that cares for all people in need with love.

Sustainer,
Help us, with others, answer the call to end famine
and eradicate poverty.
Amen.

—a prayer for the Global Day of Prayer to End Famine, May 21

Last updated: 
May 10, 2017

Creator, we come to you with both the joys and the sorrows of our hearts.
We are grateful for the gift of life and the joy that it can bring.
For families and friends who love us.
For allies who stick up for us,
even when we cannot risk sticking up for ourselves.
For the great diversity you have created in our world.
We pray for those who suffer from discrimination
because of their gender identity or sexual orientation.
Who worry about their employment or who cannot find a job.

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June 5, 2017

God in whom we live and move and have our being:
From sea to sea to sea we gather in prayer;
from generation to generation we sing;
on this anniversary we give thanks
for your care
guidance
and correction.
In this heritage of trust
we pray for this United Church
and for faithful living on this land,
Our Source of Life, Living Word, and Bonding Love:
Amen.

—Catherine MacLean, 2008. © The United Church of Canada.
Permission is given for congregations to copy for use in worship.

Last updated: 
April 16, 2017

Great and glorious God,
you have rolled away the stone and raised Christ to life,
      and now you invite us to share in the Good News.
Give us the courage to welcome the winds of change in our lives
      as it sweeps the sidewalks
      and brings hope to hungry families, released prisoners,
      sick and sad people of all ages.
In this season of Easter,
      run with us in the joy of new life
      that transforms the way we see the world and one another.
For Christ is risen! Christ is risen indeed! Hallelujah!

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April 13, 2017

Carrying a vision of creation healed and restored,
      we welcome all in the name of Christ.
Invited to the table where none shall go hungry,
      we gather as Christ’s guests and friends.
In holy communion
      we are commissioned to feed as we have been fed,
      forgive as we have been forgiven,
      love as we have been loved.
The open table speaks of the shining promise
      of barriers broken and creation healed.
In the communion meal, wine poured out and bread broken,

Last updated: 
April 14, 2017

Christ, when we survey the wondrous cross,
strengthen us to face the very worst in our world:
hatred, greed,
lust for power,
fear that we are small/insignificant/ugly/unworthy,
violence, oppression.
Help us to bring your truth, grace, faith, hope, wisdom, and love—
the greatest of these being love.
For your love has the power to destroy all that has brought you
to this cross and us to your side. Amen.

—a prayer for Good Friday
from Parables, Prayers, & Promises (UCPH, 2016)