Prayers of Invocation on Rest

Prayers of Confession on Rest

Almighty and Everlasting God, in whom we live and move and have our being, who has created us for yourself, so that our hearts are restless until they find rest in you, grant to us purity of heart and strength of purpose so that no selfish passion may hinder us from knowing your will, and no weakness from doing it. In your light may we see life clearly, and in your service find perfect freedom. For your mercy’s sake. Amen. 

John Watson, Prayers and Services, Language Modernized by Stuart Strachan Jr.


Eternal Father, we come to you at the close of day (change as applicable), when from long ago men and women have always turned aside to seek your face. Wearied by the conflict of life, worn by the burden of the day, we seek you as our resting place. Amid the shifting sands of time, you stand still, the Rock of Ages. We would make to you our song for the fair beauty of the day, for the sabbath rest of our spirits, for sacred memories and thoughts of holiness, and for this evening hour (change as applicable) made solemn by your peace. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

E. Orchard, The Temple, Language Modernized by Stuart Strachan Jr.


O God, from whom all holy desires, all good counsels, and all just works do proceed: Give unto your servants that peace which the world cannot give; that our hearts may be set to obey your commandments, and also that by you, we, being defended from the fear of our enemies, may pass our time in rest and quietness; through the merits of Jesus Christ our Saviour, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end. Amen. 

Service Book and Hymnal, The Lutheran Church of America


O God of Peace, you have taught us that in returning and rest we shall be saved, in quietness and confidence shall be our strength; by the might of your spirit lift us, we pray to you, to your presence, where we may be still and know that you are God; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 

Book of Common Prayer, Language Modernized by Stuart Strachan Jr.


O God of Peace, thou hast taught us that in returning and rest we shall be saved, in quietness and confidence shall be our strength ; by the might of thy spirit lift us, we pray thee, to thy presence, where we may be still and know that thou art God; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 

Book of Common Prayer


Great are you, O God, and greatly to be praised. Great is your love as shown in Christ Jesus. We would praise you without ceasing, for you have made us for yourself, and our hearts find no rest until they rest in you. Amen.

Taken from John E. Skoglund and Nancy E. Hall, A New Manual of Worship: New Edition, Judson Press, 1993.