Breath Prayers Based on Mark 6

summer in the scriptures- Mark (5)

Based on Mark 6:6-13
Jesus sends the twelve two by two

IN: Jesus, you send us
OUT: We will go

IN: Jesus, you send us
OUT: We receive your empowerment

IN: Jesus, you send us
OUT: We leave our baggage

IN: Jesus, you send us
OUT: Some will welcome, some will refuse

IN: Jesus, you send us
OUT: Bring many to saving faith

IN: Jesus, you send us
OUT: Heal through us

I’m new to breath prayers. Maybe you are, too. Pray the phrase after IN on your breath in. Pray the phrase after OUT on your breath out. Take your time. Breathe deeply. If no phrase is offered after IN or OUT, just breathe. If more than one breath prayer is provided, choose one, a few, or all of them as is most helpful to you. I find breath prayers especially helpful before times of stillness and silence with God.


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. 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 <><

Breath Prayers based on Mark 6 © 2020 Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia
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Prayer: For Yours Alone (Mark 16)

speak witness good news

Based on the short ending of the Gospel of Mark, The Voice Translation
Later, Jesus himself commissioned the disciples to take the sacred and eternal message of salvation far to the East and the West.

Your message is sacred
Holy, Set Apart, Treasured

Your message is eternal
Timeless, Lasting, a Firm Foundation

Your message is salvation
Deliverance, Wholeness, Grace

We bow before your commission to receive and bear your message into the world

Show us when to speak and give us the words
Never for our agenda, for yours alone

Show us what to do and give us the strength
Never for our achievement, for yours alone

Show others we are from you by your power at work through us
Never for our glory, for yours alone

For Yours Alone © 2018 Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia

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Commissioning and Blessing of Newly Licensed Foster Parents

foster careCommissioning and Blessing of Newly Licensed Foster Parents
Invite the family members forward and introduce them.
We rejoice that the _____________ family has been approved and licensed as a foster home. Let us bless them and pray for them as they begin this important ministry.

In God’s Word, we read: “Pure and undefiled religion before our God and Father is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world.” (James 1:27 HCS)

In another place we read: “Sing to God. Sing praises to His name. … a Father to the fatherless and a champion of widows is God in His holy dwelling. God provides homes for those who are deserted….” (Psalm 68:4-6 HCS)

____________________________(names), you have heard the call of God to care for the most vulnerable among us – children who, through no fault of their own, find themselves separated from families who have failed them. Will you rely on the power and grace of God to provide these precious children a haven of encouragement, safety and healing? To help them learn to trust again? To live a life that reminds them they are loved and valued, not simply by you, but by others and by their Father in Heaven?


Will you support this family in their calling?

We recognize and rejoice in God’s calling on your life. We commit ourselves to support you in every way possible, to pray for you and for the children in your care, and to become an extended church-family to them.

At this time, the foster parents/family may kneel or stand in the aisle among the congregation. The congregation is invited to rise, move, and lay hands of blessing and support on the foster parents/family. Anointing with oil is optional.

Let us pray:

God of Grace, we praise you and thank you that you do not leave us orphaned, but welcome all into your family. Shower your blessings upon ____________________(names) as they prepare to receive foster children into their homes and hearts. Prepare and equip them to love these children with Christ-like love. Give them patience to deal with the challenges that are to come. Grant them wisdom to guide and direct the young lives in their charge. When the time comes for the children to move on, fill all involved with peace and hope and trust in the future, knowing they remain forever in your steadfast care.

We ask all this in the strong name of Jesus, the One who brings new life, the One who taught us to pray… conclude with the Lord’s Prayer

Click here for more information on Open Hearts Family Services, the Foster Care division of the Florida United Methodist Children’s Home

Click the following link for John Gill’s original Blessing-Celebration of Newly Licensed Foster Parents

Commissioning and Blessing of Newly Licensed Foster Parents
© 2013 John Gill, adapted with permission by Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia
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