Based on Exodus 20: 1-4, 7-9, 12-20 Ten Commandments
God of blessing and hope, you have given into our care resources that enrich our lives. We bring back to you today, a portion of your blessings, asking that you empower us to put them to work for others, furthering your purposes.
With the shooting in Las Vegas so heavy on our hearts today, we pray for comfort and healing for all the grieving families, strength for rescue workers, vision for those who will work to prevent recurrences, and renewed compassion for so many of us who face the shock and sorrow of yet another devastating tragedy in our midst.
We acknowledge with sadness today that there are still staggering difficulties for us to face, and problems that just confound us. Will senseless violence, betrayal, anger, poverty, and bitterness never cease? Can disease and loneliness and hatred and greed never be overcome?
When we grow weary of life’s most stubborn and persistent problems, frustrated by our inability to solve them, sustain us with the reminder that we are neither helpless nor alone. Teach us again to trust that every little step we are able to take moves us gradually but steadily forward, that no goodness shared is wasted, that no hope of ours goes unheeded or unheard by you.
Show us again, God, that you are near – our eternal source and our salvation, and that claiming us as you own, you have also demonstrated to us the means by which our lives together may be whole, honest, full, more caring, more holy. Encourage our efforts to live in light of your guidance.
Help us to follow your commandments to us. As a gracious gift that defines us as your people and points our way, your commandments stand as a challenge before us for faithful living. In following your wishes for our lives, O God, keep us creative. Make us inventive. Help us be resourceful. And let us strive to fulfill with enthusiasm always, the one underlying and nonnegotiable law we are ever bound to obey – the law of love. Let us dare to act upon that law with whole heartedness throughout our lives. We pray today in memory of the one whose selfless love is our ideal, and whose life of humble service is our goal.
We pray today in his name, and using his own words, as we say together: … the Lord’s Prayer.