Prayers to Share

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Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers
but for powers equal to your tasks”.
– Rev John Flynn, Presbyterian Minister who established
the Australian Inland Mission and the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

A Prayer for Advent
God of hope Be with us in our Advent journey to the stable and beyond,
Be with us in our meeting and in our travelling together,
Be with us in our worship and our praying together,
Be with us in our Advent journey to the stable and beyond,
Our God of hope.

A Prayer for Tolerance
Teach us, God, to treasure the differences that distinguish one person from another.
Fill us with the strength to overcome senseless fear and hatred.
Open our hearts to the radiance that shines forth from every human soul.
Inspire us to shed our apathy; remind us that it is our obligation to be responsible for one another.
Open our ears to the cries of all who are in need of our assistance.
Give us the courage to combat prejudice and intolerance wherever they exist.
Teach us to see each other through your eyes, God. In your eyes all people are equally loved, equally precious.
Bless us all, God, with compassion, with kindness, and with peace.
Rabbi Naomi Levy  

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love, Where there is injury, pardon Where there is doubt, faith, Where there is despair, hope, Where there is darkness, light, Where there is sadness, joy. O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console, not so much to be understood as to understand, not so much to be loved, as to love; for it is in giving that we receive, it is in pardoning that we are pardoned, it is in dying that we awake to eternal life.
St Francis of Assisi


A prayer by Lynn Robinson, from her book “Real Prosperity”
Dear God,
I surrender my financial affairs and concerns about money to your Divine care and love. I ask that you remove my worries, anxieties, and fears about money, and replace them with faith.
I know and trust that my debts will be paid and money will flow into my life. I have only to look to nature to see proof of the abundance you provide.
I release all negative thoughts about money, and know that prosperity is my true state. I commit to being grateful for all that I now have in my life. I learn to manage my finances wisely, seeking help where needed.
And finally, I ask you to help me understand my purpose in life and to act on that purpose with courage and strength. I know that prosperity will come, in part, by doing work I love. Please help me use my skills and knowledge to be of service in the world.
Thank you, God.  Amen.