(From Daily Prayer for All Seasons) Resource: https://episcopalchurch.org/files/documents/daily_prayer_all_seasons_eng_final_pages.pdf
“Perseverance and Renewal”
Opening Renew and strengthen us, eternal God,
Response: as we prepare for resurrection.
Prayer Merciful God, your strength and courage pour forth to sustain the witness of your faithful people: Awaken in us the humility to serve wherever creation is broken and needy, that we may follow in the way of our brother, Jesus, die as he did to all that separates us from you, and be raised, as he was, to new life. Amen.
Praise A Song of the Wilderness (Isaiah 35:1-4)
The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad,the desert shall rejoice and blossom; It shall blossom abundantly and rejoice with joy and singing. They shall see the glory of the Lord, the majesty of our God. Strengthen the weary hands, and make firm the feeble knees. Say to the anxious, “Be strong, do not fear! Here is your God, coming with judgment to save you.”
“Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you? And the king will answer them, “Truly I tell you, just as you fit it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.” — Matthew 25:37-40 Prayers
God of hope, help us who struggle in our daily workWhen we lose our purpose,
R: renew our hope in you.
When we bow to hatred,
R: renew our trust in you.
When we despair of bliss,
R: renew our joy in you.
When we take offense at others,
R: renew our life in you.
When we compromise our values,
R: renew our faith in you.
When we cherish regrets,
renew our freedom in you.
When we surrender to despair,
renew our hope in you.
As we accept your renewing love, we offer our prayers to you.
(Add your intercessions and thanksgivings.)
Hold us, and all people, in your loving care,
and may we be hope for others.
The Lord’s Prayer
Prayer God of hope, from you come every blessing and all peace: Show us that, in the midst of our struggles, you are with us. Give us the abundance of your grace that we may do the work you give us to do and that we may be for the world a sign of your presence; through Christ, the Way and the Truth.
Renew and strengthen us, eternal God,
as we prepare for resurrection.