March 18, 2020 | Pray for Others

Pray for Others
In the spirit of oneness, I share my prayer.  During the course of my day I may think fondly of a friend, revisit memories of someone from my past, or see others’ stories of pain or triumph in the news.  Each situation offers me a unique chance to hold someone in the sacred energy of prayer.  I might send a quick heart-to-heart blessing to someone I love or direct waves of supportive energy toward someone I’ve never met who appears stressed or upset.  I may even embrace the opportunity for healing if an old hurtful memory surfaces, before sending thoughts of forgiveness out to another who had a role in what happened.  Through the energy of prayer, I share the spirit of oneness, harmony, and love that connects all life.

Let my prayer be counted as incense before you, and the lifting up of my hands as an evening sacrifice.—Psalm 141:2

Morning Prayer

All: A contrite and humble heart, O God, you will not spurn.

Psalm 51
Side 1: Have mercy on me, O God, in your goodness; in the greatness of your compassion wipe out my offense.

Side 2: Thoroughly wash me from my guilt and of my sin cleanse me.

Reading – Jonah 3:1-5, 10
Reader: The word of the LORD came to Jonah a second time: “Set out for the great city of Nineveh and announce to it the message that I will tell you.” So, Jonah made ready and went to Nineveh, according to the LORD’S bidding. Now Nineveh was an enormously large city; it took three days to go through it. Jonah began his journey through the city, and had gone but a single day’s walk announcing, “Forty days more and Nineveh shall be destroyed,” when the people of Nineveh believed God; they proclaimed a fast and all of them, great and small, put on sackcloth. When God saw by their actions how they turned away from their evil way, he repented of the evil he had threatened to do to them; he did not carry it out.

Reflection: The story of Jonah is about a reluctant preacher, a message to repent, a people doing penance and a forgiving God. God calls on Jonah twice before he sets out to Nineveh to exhort the citizens to repent. And so effective is his message that they do indeed repent and God relents from a promise to destroy them. The God of Jonah, the God of Nineveh, is our God. We too are called to do penance and to repent. When we come before the Lord God with contrite hearts, the astonishing mercy of God is bestowed on us, and we are renewed in the love of God.

Prayer
Leader: For forgiveness, O Lord, we pray:
All: Merciful God, hear our prayer.

Reader 1: That we find ways to heal divisions and stand in union with God, we pray to the Lord:
All: Merciful God, hear our prayer.

Reader 2: That communities find ways to see that no one is hungry in our midst, we pray to the Lord:
All: Merciful God, hear our prayer.

Reader 3: That our Lenten journey, bring us closer to the spirit of God, we pray to the Lord:
All: Merciful God, hear our prayer.

Reader 4: That those who are ill and anxious find peace in the words of the Lord, we pray to the Lord:
All: Merciful God, hear our prayer.

All: Personal Petitions:

All: The Lord’s Prayer
Our Father…

Closing Prayer
All: Almighty and ever-loving God, you do not remember our transgressions and your mercy is our hope and our stronghold. Let your compassion heal every one of our sins and keep us always faithful to your commands. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Leader: A contrite and humble heart, O God, you will not spurn.

Peace be with you all and have a wonderful week!