Three Prayers Based on Matthew 1-3

Summer in the Scriptures (1)For the next few months, I’m reading a chapter from the Gospels each day. This is part of the Summer in the Scriptures reading plan sponsored by the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church. Click Here for the reading plan.

You’re most welcome to read along and to join the Facebook discussion group, Summer in the Scriptures. You don’t need to be a Methodist or attend a Methodist church. All are welcome and all means all.

As part of the Facebook group, I’ve been supplying prayers based on the day’s reading. I realized today, I should be posting them here as well. (where’s my brain?) I’ll spend the next few days catching up here and then the posts will be sync here and there.

Feel free to post your prayers and observations based on the readings here or there as well.

May the grace of the Gospels, the challenge, and the call, inspire us to great faith and great good works in Jesus’ name. – Lisa <><

Prayer Based on Matthew 1
This prayer was inspired by Joseph’s story- his choices, heartbreak, and change of heart.

You are near when my dream dies
You are near the brokenhearted
Thank you for a new dream and a future beyond my imagining

You are near when I cannot see your will
When a good choice, even a merciful choice,
is not your choice
Thank you for correction and clarity

You are near when I dismiss the holy
When I say, “no” to your call
Thank you for your patience,
your persevering grace,
and second chances

O come, O come, Emmanuel
Strengthen me with the promise of your steadfast presence
Inspire me with your saving love
Set my heart and step to your righteousness ends
Amen

Prayer based on Matthew 2
Like Mary and Joseph
Circumstances beyond our imagining
Beyond our control
Take us far from home

Jesus, you are with us
You are our help and home

Like the Magi,
Quests for wisdom and direction
A truth we can trust
Take us far from home

Jesus, you are with us
You are our help and home

Like King Herod
Our desires for security, pleasure, and power
Lead us down destructive paths
Take us far from home

Turn us, Jesus
Turn us toward you
Turn us toward each other
Help us all home

Prayer Based on Matthew 3
Sometimes prayers come out as poems, which can be turned into hymns/songs. If you were to write another verse for this hymn/song, what would you write? You only need three lines, two with 3 or 4 syllables, and one with 6. Like Jesus, we are named and claimed and anointed in our baptism. Hallelujah!

Be Still, Remember
a hymn for reaffirming the baptismal covenant
Suggested Tune- ONE BREAD, ONE BODY (United Methodist Hymnal #620)

Refrain-
Be still, remember, who you are.
Come touch the water
of your birth.
Be dead to sin, alive to God.
Remember who you are in Jesus.

Verses-
You are beloved.
You are an heir.
You are a child of God. (Refrain)

You are claimed.
You are marked.
You are named by God. (Refrain)

Chosen and blessed
Gifted by God
Witness through word and deed (Refrain)

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You Are Near (Matthew 1) © 2016 Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia
Far From Home (Matthew 2) © 2015 Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia
Be Still, Remember (Matthew 3) © 2000 Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia
You are welcome to use this work in a worship setting with proper attribution.
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