Monday, April 22, 2013

Three Prayers for a Monday

Monday, April 22, 2013 -- Week of 4 Easter
John Muir, Naturalist and Writer, 1914; and
Hudson Stuck, Priest and Environmentalist, 1920


[Go to http://www.missionstclare.com/english/index.html for an online version of the Daily Office including today's scripture readings.]

Today's Readings for the Daily Office

     (Book of Common Prayer, p. 960)
Psalms    41, 52 (morning)    //    44 (evening)
Wisdom 1:16 - 2:11, 21-24
Colossians 1:1-14
Luke 6:1-66

It is another Monday.  And the apostle writes to us from Colossians offering a beautiful prayer to set our week into a grounded context:

We have not ceased praying for you and asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of God's will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so that you may lead lives worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, as you bear fruit in every good work and as you grow in the knowledge of God.  May you be made strong with all the strength that comes from his glorious power, and may you be prepared to endure everything with patience, while joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has enabled you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the light.    
Colossians 1:9-12

May this week begin with the strength and patience and joy that comes from God so that we may be filled and fruitful.

I'm reminded of another prayer written by my seminary dean, the late Jim Fenhagen:

Holy God, be in my mind that I might let go of all that diminishes the movement of Your Spirit within me.
Discerning God, be in my eyes, that I might see You in the midst of all the busyness that fills my life.
Loving God, be in my heart that I can be open to those I love, to those with whom I share ministry and to the whole human family.
Gracious God, be in that grace-filled silence that lies deep within me, that I might live in Christ as Christ lives in me.

Things seem to come in threes.  Another beloved prayer comes to mind from the Book of Common Prayer -- a "Prayer of Self-Dedication" (p. 832)

Almighty and eternal God,
so draw our hearts to you,
so guide our minds,
so fill our imaginations,
so control our wills,
that we may be wholly yours,
utterly dedicated to you;
and then use us, we pray, as you will,
and always to your glory and the welfare of your people,
through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
  Amen.

A trio of good prayers to begin our week.


Lowell
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About Morning Reflections
"Morning Reflections" is a brief thought about the scripture readings from the Daily Office of Morning and Evening Prayer according to the practice found in the Book of Common Prayer of the Episcopal Church.

Morning Prayer begins on p. 80 of the Book of Common Prayer.
Evening Prayer begins on p. 117
An online resource for praying the Daily Office is found at http://www.missionstclare.com/english/index.html

Another form of the office from Phyllis Tickle's "Divine Hours" is available on our partner web site www.ExploreFaith.org at this location

The Mission of St. Paul's Episcopal Church
is to explore and celebrate
God's infinite grace, acceptance, and love.

See our Web site at www.stpaulsfay.org

Our Rule of Life: 
We aspire to...
    worship weekly
    pray daily
    learn constantly
    serve joyfully 
    live generously.

Lowell Grisham, Rector
St. Paul's Episcopal Church
Fayetteville, Arkansas

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