George Odhiambo’s Prayer

As part of our Umoja Sunday, our interns brought back from Kenya the following call to worship that had been written by one of the students. Learn more about the Umoja Project.

Leader: Praise the Lord!

People: Amen!

Leader: We are happy today

because our beloved Father has been gracious to us,

for we have seen this day which others were not able to see.

This is a proof of God’s love toward us.

Who are you happy with?

People: We are happy with our Father God, Jesus Christ,

               and the Holy Spirit.

Leader: Me too.

What shall separate us from the love and grace of God?

People: Nothing shall separate us from the love and grace of God.

Leader: So let everything that has life praise the Lord.

Let’s sing this song.

Together: Let everything that has life praise the Lord.

                   Alleluia in the name of God. Forever in the name of God.

Leader: Alleluia.

Blessing of the Farmers Market

Our Farmers Market begins today (4pm)!

Here is the blessing as we begin the season:

BLESSING FOR THE FARMERS MARKET

 

PSALM 67

May God be gracious to us and bless us    and make his face to shine upon us, that your way may be known upon earth,    your saving power among all nations. Let the peoples praise you, O God;    let all the peoples praise you. The earth has yielded its increase;    God, our God, has blessed us. May God continue to bless us;    let all the ends of the earth revere our Creator.

 

Leader:

For the goodness of the land;

For the gift of life from all creation;

For the strength and joy in our labor;

For the community we build through our sharing,

 

People:

Thank you, God!

 

Leader:

God of all creation, bless and keep

the grower and the harvester,

the cook and the cleaner

who gather here today.

Bless the fruit with your sweetness,

bless the meat with your savor,

bless the vegetables with your ripeness,

that these gifts will turn hunger into feasts

and strangers into friends.

 

People:

Amen!

 

Leader:

May the sweet peace of the Father be with us,

May the pungent joy of Mary’s Son be with us,

May the juicy presence of the Spirit be with us,

this day and all days. Amen.

Easter Prayers for the World

Easter Season Prayers of Intercession for Peace and Justice is a series of litanies our Justice and Advocacy Team have been offering throughout the Easter Season. We light the amnesty candle as we say the liturgy.

 

FIRST SUNDAY:

 

Leader: This is the good news which we have received, in which we stand,

and by which we pray for the world:

Christ has risen. Death has been swallowed up in victory.

People: Thanks be to God who gives us the victory

through our Lord Jesus Christ, the Light of the world.

Leader: Therefore, let us pray for immigrants and refugees in this country and around the world:

People:

Blessed are you, Lord Jesus Christ,

who crossed every border between divinity and humanity

to make your home with us.

Relieve the suffering of immigrants and refugees

and grant them peace of mind.

Remove all fears and hatred that creates barriers for a just and lasting solution.

Revive our faith with courage and compassion to welcome them and to see you in our midst. Amen.

 

SECOND SUNDAY:

 

Leader: This is the good news which we have received, in which we stand,

and by which we pray for the world:

Christ has risen. Death has been swallowed up in victory.

People: Thanks be to God who gives us the victory

through our Lord Jesus Christ, the Light of the world.

Leader: Therefore, let us pray for peace in our city and around the world:

People:

Lord Jesus, Prince of Peace,

guide the nations of the world from war to peace

that all may live without fear.

Lead our city from hatred to harmony

that every person will be valued and every neighborhood can flourish.

Amen.

 

 

THIRD SUNDAY:

 

Leader: This is the good news which we have received, in which we stand,

and by which we pray for the world:

Christ has risen. Death has been swallowed up in victory.

People: Thanks be to God who gives us the victory

through our Lord Jesus Christ, the Light of the world.

Leader: Therefore, let us pray for the victims of human trafficking and child abuse:

People: God of freedom, beauty and truth hear our anguished prayer for your daughters and sons

who are exploited and abused

because of human desires, violence and greed. Bring healing and justice to victims and call traffickers to repentance and conversion; that all of us might live in such a way that others are not made to pay the price for our comfort and convenience. Amen.

 

FOURTH SUNDAY:

(taken from Laudato Si’, Pope Francis)

 

Leader: This is the good news which we have received, in which we stand,

and by which we pray for the world:

Christ has risen. Death has been swallowed up in victory.

People: Thanks be to God who gives us the victory

through our Lord Jesus Christ, the Light of the world.

Leader: Therefore, let us pray for unity with all creation:

Father, we praise you with all your creatures.

They came forth from your all-powerful hand;

they are yours, filled with your presence and your tender love.

People: Praise be to you!

Leader: Son of God, Jesus,

through you all things were made.

You were formed in the womb of Mary our Mother,

you became part of this earth,

and you gazed upon this world with human eyes.

Today you are alive in every creature in your risen glory.

People: Praise be to you!

Leader: Holy Spirit, by your light

you guide this world towards the Father’s love

and accompany creation as it groans in travail.

You also dwell in our hearts

and you inspire us to do what is good.

People: Praise be to you!

Leader: Triune Lord, wondrous community of infinite love,

teach us to contemplate you in the beauty of the universe,

for all things speak of you.

People: Awaken our praise and thankfulness

for every being that you have made.

Give us the grace to feel profoundly joined

to everything that is.

Leader: God of love, show us our place in this world

as channels of your love

for all creatures of this earth,

for not one of them is forgotten in your sight.

Enlighten those who possess power and money

that they may avoid the sin of indifference,

that they may love the common good, advance the weak,

and care for this world in which we live.

People: The poor and the earth are crying out.

Leader: O Lord, seize us with your power and light,

help us to protect all life,

to prepare for a better future,

for the coming of your Kingdom

of justice, peace, love and beauty.

People: Praise be to you! Amen.

 

FIFTH SUNDAY

 

Leader: This is the good news which we have received, in which we stand,

and by which we pray for the world:

Christ has risen. Death has been swallowed up in victory.

People: Thanks be to God who gives us the victory

through our Lord Jesus Christ, the Light of the world.

Leader: Therefore, let us pray for believers around the world who face persecution.

People:

Strong God of love,

grant protection and peace to your church

where its witness is met with hatred and violence.

Give us wisdom and passion to use our freedom

as a channel for their wellbeing

that the witness of our brothers and sisters in Christ

will form in us greater compassion for people of all faiths.

In the name of Jesus we offer this prayer. Amen.

 

 

SIXTH SUNDAY (Mother’s Day)

 

Leader: This is the good news which we have received, in which we stand,

and by which we pray for the world:

Christ has risen. Death has been swallowed up in victory.

People: Thanks be to God who gives us the victory

through our Lord Jesus Christ, the Light of the world.

Leader: Therefore, let us pray

for mothers, who have given life and love that we may show our gratitude;

for women, though without children of their own, have nurtured us that we may honor them;

for mothers who have lost a child through death that we may comfort them;

for mothers, who have been unable to care for their children, that they may be restored.

People: Loving God,

as a mother gives life and nourishment to her children,

so you watch over us.

Bless and keep all women.

Where there is faithfulness, bring honor.

Where there is pain, give healing.

Keep true in us the love with which we hold one another

as you hold us in the arms of your mercy. Amen.