Prayer for a Relay for Life Luminaria Ceremony

Relay for Life Luminarias, photo by Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia

Relay for Life Luminarias, photo by Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia

This past Saturday, I was blessed to participate in my first Relay for Life Luminaria Ceremony. It was a powerful experience of remembrance, community and hope. As I wrote the names of loved one on bags it hit home that three of our girl’s four grandparents have battled cancer. I love you Memere, Pepere and Papa and trust God one day there will be victory over this disease. – Lisa <><

Click here to read why Relay for Life participants walk through the night.

Prayer for a Relay for Life Luminaria Ceremony
ONE:
Merciful God, at the close of this day we gather to claim your promises on behalf of all whose lives are touched by cancer. The darkness is closing in, but the darkness is not dark to you. To you the night is bright as day. Help us to claim your light and life.

In your hope, we light these candles and walk in solidarity with those who are currently on the journey of cancer treatment. Strengthen them. Encourage them. Fill them with your healing love that they may run this race with persevering faith. Your light shines in the darkness, and the darkness will not overcome it. (based on John 1:5)

ALL:
Your light shines in the darkness, and the darkness will not overcome it.

ONE:
In your grace, we light these candles and walk in memory of those who have died from cancer. Thank you for the gift of these lives. Thank you for the goodness and wisdom you have blessed us with through them. Draw those of us who remain closer to one another and to you. Flood us with your hope, your compassion and your power that we may have victory over this disease. Your light shines in the darkness, and the darkness will not overcome it.

ALL:
Your light shines in the darkness, and the darkness will not overcome it.

ONE:
Take to heart these words from Psalm 27. As you hear the descriptions of evildoers and enemies, think of them as cancer. (Psalm 27:1-6 NRSV)

The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? When evildoers assail me to devour my flesh— my adversaries and foes— they shall stumble and fall. Though an army encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; though war rise up against me, yet I will be confident. One thing I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after: to live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to inquire in his temple. For he will hide me in his shelter in the day of trouble; he will conceal me under the cover of his tent; he will set me high on a rock. Now my head is lifted up above my enemies all around me, and I will offer in his tent sacrifices with shouts of joy; I will sing and make melody to the Lord.

ALL SINGING:
Selected verses of This Little Light of Mine
By Harry Dixon Loes (public domain)

This little light of mine I’m gonna let it shine
This little light of mine I’m gonna let it shine
This little light of mine I’m gonna let it shine
Let it shine. Let it shine. Let it shine.

Anywhere I go, I’m gonna let it shine
Anywhere I go, I’m gonna let it shine
Anywhere I go, I’m gonna let it shine
Let it shine. Let it shine. Let it shine.

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Prayer for a Relay for Life Luminaria Ceremony © 2013 Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia.
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