From Pastor Bethany:
Here are some ideas of how we can “Keep the Faith” while we are separated from one another.
- Take the prayer list and pray for five or ten of those listed before each meal.
- Pray the five-finger prayer: Thumb: those closest to you, Index: for neighbors, Tall finger: for leaders, Ring finger: for those who are weak/sick/suffering, Littlest one: for children all over the world.
- Use the five prayers of our worship to pray five times a day… at rising, at breakfast, lunch and dinner, and when you go to bed:
Prayer for Deliverance: Give me a pure heart, that I may see thee; a humble heart, that I may hear thee; a heart of love, that I may serve thee; a heart of faith, that I may abide in thee. Amen. (Dag Hammerskjold, Sweden, 20th century)
The Lord’s Prayer: Our Father, who art in Heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy Kingdom come; Thy Will be done, on Earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, for Thine is the Kingdom, and the Power, and the Glory forever. Amen.
Prayer of Dedication: Let me be full, let me be empty. Let me have all things, let me have nothing. I freely and heartily yield all things to thy pleasure and disposal. In Jesus’ name, Amen. (John Wesley, 18th Cent)
Prayer for Illumination: “Send Your Spirit, to fill our lives with your love, that we may not only hear, but also Do Your Word.” (Ruth C. Duck, USA, 20th Century)
Prayer of Confession: Most Merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against You in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. For the sake of Your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us, we pray. Amen. (UM Book of Worship)
- Canonical Hours: pray or sing the “Hours / Orders” at
3am (Daybreak: Matins).
Using our Worship prayers written out above, and the Opening Song “Give Thanks,” The 23rd Psalm, and the “Bardsdale Parting Song,” you will have 8 options for saying prayers during a time when others may also be saying them with you. Blessings, Pastor Bethany