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Opening Prayers/Prayers of Adoration for All Saints’ Day

Prayers of Confession for All Saints Day

Help us Run: An All Saints Day Liturgy, based on Hebrews 12:1-3

 

Heavenly Father,

You surround us with great and good companions

With witnesses who run the race before us

Now cheering us on

Inspiring us with their courageous faith

Help us run with perseverance

 

Blessed Jesus,

Pioneer and Perfector of our faith

You blaze the trail

Endure the cross

Disable its shame and our ours

Help us run with perseverance

 

Holy Spirit,

You companion us and supply us

with witnesses running beside us

Churning up the dust of this well-traveled path

Encouraging us with the steady beat of their beautiful feet

Help us run

Daring, Enduring, Alive with Hope

Amen

This prayer could also be voiced by a single voice

Help us Run – a prayer for All Saints Day © 2022, Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia, www.revlisad.com


Lord, you whose Son did pray that all your children might be one, we come with repentance for the sin of useless division and for the secret vice of pride. We beg forgiveness for harsh judgment, for prejudice nourished as a virtue, for self-will, for scorn of others, whose experience before you is as valid as our own. For all narrow minded attitudes, for all denial of the worth of other views, for all exclusiveness which has kept out men of good will, receive our forgiveness and heal us of the sin which keeps us apart. Teach us what it means to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 

Open our eyes to the insight of others. Help us to appreciate those of other lands and of other races, who, differing from us in much, are yet one with us in faith. For problems beyond our minds to solve, grant us patience. For tasks too great for our weak hands, give us faith. For all tedious steps in discovering your way and your will for your church, endow us with necessary grace; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 

George Stewart, A Face to the Sky, adapted, Language Modernized by Stuart Strachan Jr.


Opening Prayer for Reformation Sunday

Heavenly Father, thank you for a spiritual home

For the legacy of those who have gone before us and welcomed us

 

Lord Jesus, thank you for your church

For the legacy of your word and witness across the world

 

Holy Spirit, thank you for renewing your church in every age

Unify us and renew us

We long to be true to you and your ways

Reform us now

 

Make us courageous and steadfast and persevering

in sharing your grace and Good News

in living your merciful, transforming love

in the building of your kingdom on earth as it is in heaven

 

Inspire us and defend us and send us out again, Holy One

For the honor and glory of your name alone, Amen

Reformation Day is celebrated annually on October 31. Some congregations choose to acknowledge this day on the Sunday closest to October 31.

Opening Prayer for Reformation Sunday © 2017 Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia, www.revlisad.com