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Prayers for neighbors, their families and loved ones

Remember the sick and those who have asked for our prayers: We pray for Joy, Denny, Deborah, Emberly, Roger & Peggy, Debbie, George, Steve, Don & Virginia, Norman, Julie & Gordon, Katie, Carol, Judy, Steve, Marcia, Pete & Betty, Soneh, Gail, Jerry & Nikki, and those whom you name, silently or aloud, at this time. Gracious God, fan the flame of faith in us, that we may find a new hope, a new trust, and a new love for You and one another. AMEN


Prayer is not an exercise in elegant prose

 

Prayer is not an exercise in elegant prose composition to persuade an unwilling God to give us what we want. St Augustine said, "there should not be much speaking, just much prayer." We cannot impress Him by our diligence, our perseverance, our squeezed-out emotions, any more than we can by our posture or phraseology. Nor should we pray for the sake of the effect on other people, even if we fancy we are setting them a good example, let alone if we imagine they will be impressed by our overweening goodness. That is why Our Lord says we should pray "in secret, and your Father who sees in secret will reward you." (Matth. 6:6)


A Prayer for today

 

O God:
Give me strength to live another day;
Let me not turn coward before its difficulties or prove recreant to its duties;
Let me not lose faith in other people;
Keep me sweet and sound of heart, in spite of ingratitude, treachery, or meanness;
Preserve me from minding little stings or giving them;
Help me to keep my heart clean, and to live so honestly and fearlessly that no outward failure can dishearten me or take away the joy of conscious integrity;
Open wide the eyes of my soul that I may see good in all things;
Grant me this day some new vision of thy truth;
Inspire me with the spirit of joy and gladness;
and make me the cup of strength to suffering souls;
in the name of the strong Deliverer, our only Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.


Clergy Prayer Concerns

 

Justin, the Archbishop of Canterbury

Michael B. Curry & Elizabeth, our Presiding Bishops

Kirk, Steve & Bill, our Bishops

Kerry C. Neuhardt, our Rector


Peace Prayer of St. Francis

 

Peace Prayer of St. Francis
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
and where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master,
grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as
to console;
to be understood, as to understand;
to be loved, as to love;
for it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
Amen.


Prayer requests

 

To ADD or REMOVE someone from our Prayer List:

please call the Church Office (928-537-7830),

e-mail: cos5147office@frontiernet.net


PRAYER- PRACTICING HEAVEN NO

 

‘PRAYER- PRACTICING HEAVEN NO. ”Everything exposed to the light itself becomes light,” says Ephesians 5:14. In prayer, we merely keep returning the divine gaze and we become its reflection, almost in spite of ourselves (2 Corinthians 3:18). The word “prayer” has often been trivialized by making it into a way of getting what you want. But in this book, I use “prayer” as the umbrella word for any interior journey or practices that allow you to experience faith, hope, and love within yourself. It is not a technique for getting things, a pious exercise that somehow makes God happy, or a requirement for entry into heaven. It is much more like practicing heaven now.’ The Naked Now ~Richard Rohr