Prayers for a New Year
Four prayers including a prayer of confession and a prayer based on Psalm 90
Two Resources for Martin Luther King Remembrances by Steve Garnaas Holmes
The Stream of Justice– A stirring encouragement to continue our efforts for peace, freedom, and justice.
Brother Martin– A powerful poetic tribute to Dr. King
Earth Day Resources
This link takes you to another summary page with nine Earth Day resources.
Memorial Day Prayer Service
This service includes four prayer emphases- memorial prayers, prayers for our country, prayers for our leaders, and prayers of thanksgiving. It also includes music suggestions for traditional and contemporary settings and scripture readings. The service is easily adapted for Veteran’s Day or Independence Day.
Independence Day- A Prayer for Those who Govern
This prayer sequence includes two verses of America the Beautiful and closes with the Lord’s Prayer.
A Prayer for our Country
A beautiful, faithful prayer by Steve Garnaas-Holmes for Independence Day, first published on his blog Unfolding Light. It would be easy to modify it for another national holiday.
Prayer for Labor Day
This prayer litany includes an opportunity for those seeking employment to receive intercessions and blessing. It concludes with the Lord’s Prayer.
Prayer: Equity for Workers
Another prayer suitable for Labor Day
Prayer Litany for Veterans Day- Version 1
Prayer Litany for Veterans Day- Version 2
Version One of the Prayer Litany for Veterans Day concludes with congregational singing. Version Two concludes with a congregational prayer and the Lord’s Prayer.
For centuries, Christians have been reading scripture, followed by a time of prayer. Thanksgiving Reflection is designed in this way, with readings from Deuteronomy 8 followed by prayer prompts for silent reflection. The sequence could be printed or projected on a screen. The post also includes a beautiful altar table display idea for a Thanksgiving or Harvest themed worship service.
An important reminder… from The Problem with Patriotism by Jim Harnish
For biblically-rooted, Christ-centered disciples, the problem with patriotism is when it gets tangled up with worship; when we drift into placing a higher priority on our citizenship in our nation than we place on our citizenship in the Kingdom of God; when we are more focused on our “national interest” than we are on the Sermon on the Mount; when we lift the flag in front of the cross.
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