Prayer samples

Seasonal Prayers

Prayers for winter

O God of all seasons and senses, grant me
your sense of timing to submit gracefully and
rejoice quietly in the turn of seasons. In this
season of short days and long nights, of grey
and white and cold, teach me the lessons of
waiting, of patiently waiting upon your Word;
teach me the lessons of ending, of having
the courage to say goodbye; teach me the
lessons of beginnings, as I face the future
with renewed expectation of the seeds in
spring and summer sun: that such waitings
and endings may be both an offering of
thanks, for things that have gone before, and
an anticipation of what is yet to come.

A prayer for Christmas

May you be filled with the wonder of Mary,
the obedience of Joseph, the joy of the
angels, the eagerness of the shepherds, the
determination of the magi, and the peace of
the Christ child. Almighty God, Father, Son
and Holy Spirit bless you now and forever.

A prayer for the New Year

When the carols have been stilled,
When the star-topped tree is taken down,
When family and friends are gone home,
When we are back to our schedules
The work of Christmas begins:
To welcome the refugee,
To heal a broken planet,
To feed the hungry,
To build bridges of trust, not walls of fear,
To share our gifts,
To seek justice and peace for all people,
To bring Christ’s light to the world.