Hold Us Still

Hold Us Still

Hold us gently as we gather closer together, comforting each other, healing each other.

V Vanessa Williams
Stirrings of Compassion

Stirrings of Compassion

Sing in our hearts all the stirrings of compassion for the oppressed, for those who are scared and hurting.

N Nica Eaton-Guinn
For All That Is Good in Our Lives

For All That Is Good in Our Lives

May we whisper thank you for all that is good in our lives. (Thank you) May we shout thank you! for the abundance of blessings. (Thank you) May we feel thank you, thank you, thank you, deep within our hearts and around us right now. May we be thankful, down to our bones, for this time together....

D Debra Haffner
Hope Does Dwell

Hope Does Dwell

God of mercy, spirit who makes peace out of war, who wanders with refugees and keeps vigil with children at our border and all borders; Holy healer in hospitals and shelters, at schools, in homes, at weddings, and in planes; May your love be balm for all the hurt. May your truth be present in...

E Elizabeth Nguyen
Earth Day Prayer

Earth Day Prayer

Spirit of Life, spirit of earth, spirit of all that breathes and all that is: we love you.

L Laura Horton-Ludwig
Sacred Paths

Sacred Paths

We all honor the Spirit of Life, the Spirit of Compassion, the Spirit of Justice, the Spirit of Love

L Lindasusan Ulrich
In Honor and Praise to Black Rage

In Honor and Praise to Black Rage

Deep in the shadow of night, down near the crossroads and cemetery gates, with bitter liquor and cigar smoke wafting, I greet you. Clad in white, upon the floor before shrines, following the names of the Ancestors being uttered, I greet you. You are the sacred and righteous rage of my people.

B Byron "Tyler" Coles
Even This Is Enough

Even This Is Enough

So much undone. So much to do. So much to heal in us and the world. So much to acquire: a meal a healthy body— a fit one— a lover a job a better job proof we have and are enough just around the corner of now. And up against it the reality of all that falls short and the limits of today. We honor...

V Vanessa Southern
prayer-parenting-pandemic

prayer-parenting-pandemic

This is a prayer for working parents zooming another meeting with a little face joining in; for new parents, waiting for new life without support; for the single parents, doing all this alone.

S Sara Goodman
Prayer for While in The Struggle

Prayer for While in The Struggle

Spirit of light and love Spirit of resistance Spirit of generosity That which serves as our conscience in this work That we do to dismantle white supremacy To empower the marginalized To insist that black lives matter, matter We have been angered We have been saddened We have been pushed to the...

M Margalie Belizaire
For Dragonflies

For Dragonflies

For dragonflies, butterflies, Caterpillars on leaves, Lizards, wild turkeys, and tigers and deer, We give thanks! For sunset and seashells And starfish and sand, Octopus, jellyfish, and hammerhead shark, We give thanks!...

G Gail Forsyth-Vail
I am not alone. There is a Love holding me.

I am not alone. There is a Love holding me.

May I move gently through this cloudy, murky, gray day. May I remember that this is just one day, and that showing up is at least half of what is asked of me. May I set aside my underlying anxiety that I will not get to everything and put my trust and faith onto the riverbank of human community —...

H Heather Rion Starr
Transgender Day of Remembrance Prayer

Transgender Day of Remembrance Prayer

On this Transgender Day of Remembrance, we remember those who have been murdered for being who they are, those who face violence on a daily basis, those who have lost loved ones, and those who worry for loved ones. May we come to a time when we cease to shame children around gender roles and...

S Sunshine Jeremiah Wolfe
Shantideva Prayer, Adapted

Shantideva Prayer, Adapted

This pastoral prayer is adapted from the prayer of Shantideva, an 8th century Buddhist monk and major source of inspiration to the Dalai Lama, who references the original prayer often. There are many translations, some of which contain the whole text; some of which do not....

K Karen G. Johnston
Ours Are the Hands That Must Do Your Work

Ours Are the Hands That Must Do Your Work

Spirit of life and love, your prophet Isaiah called us to worship you by freeing the oppressed, feeding the hungry, clothing the naked and housing the homeless. Your follower St. Francis cried out, "Make me an instrument of Thy peace." Jesus instructed us to love our neighbors—and our enemies—as...

S Sydney K Wilde
A Prayer for the Gulf Coast

A Prayer for the Gulf Coast

Wondrous Gift of Life, thanks for this day and this gathering in our beautiful diversity and devoted generosity! We revel in our blessings for and from this holy life! Washed and refreshed in such grace, we celebrate the joys of this life....

N Naomi King
Dear God, hear and bless

Dear God, hear and bless

Dear God, hear and bless Your beasts and singing birds; And guard with tenderness Small things that have no words...

A Anonymous
Prayer for the Holiday Season

Prayer for the Holiday Season

Oh Beloved, Can it be that another year has passed? Wasn’t it just yesterday when we heard such familiar music, when these well-worn stories awakened us from our post-harvest slumber? Wasn’t it only weeks ago when we last reminisced about seasons past, when life seemed easier, when this season...

A Aaron Payson
In The Silence

In The Silence

Spirit of life and love, In the silence In the stillness We hear the call of our own heart Its tender dreams Its sorrows and its triumphs In the silence In the stillness We hear whispers of days gone by Of dreams still becoming The promise of the future We celebrate together Our individual journe...

S Sara Eileen LaWall
Only Begun

Only Begun

Spirit of Life and Love, dear God of all nations: There is so much work to do. We have only begun to imagine justice and mercy. Help us hold fast to our vision of what can be. May we see the hope in our history, and find the courage and the voice to work for that constant rebirth of freedom and...

W William G Sinkford
Ibrahim's Prayer

Ibrahim's Prayer

Beloved Children of the Oneness of many names, you who cover the land in numbers greater than the stars, I petition you, I pray to you, because you are the fruit of God’s promise to the World; because each of you holds a piece of the truth of all that is; because the vision of Beloved Community...

J Jan Taddeo
Prayer for Hopelessness

Prayer for Hopelessness

The days that come and carry away your spirit, your spark — bow down. Lay your head on the hard earth and let your brokenness join the death that is stirring there. Life rebels against death, takes the very dust of our bones and reweaves it into glory. You were made for Life, and Life does not...

A Audette Fulbright Fulson
The Transition from Child to Adult

The Transition from Child to Adult

Gracious God, unto whom all hearts are open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hid. In the Psalms you tell us our days in this life are like grass, they flourish like a flower of the field; for the wind passes over it, and it is gone....

S Susan Maginn
Rest in the Peace of This Moment

Rest in the Peace of This Moment

Rest now, Rest in the peace of this moment. Be at ease. Look up at the stars, and down at the grass: Imagine the stars looking back at you over years and centuries, across oceans of empty space. Imagine the feel of the grass on your bare feet and feel it—dry and crunchy, soft and supple....

K Kris Cervantes
Prayer for Moving Forward

Prayer for Moving Forward

Spirit of Life and love, God of many names and yet none at all Our hearts are stretched thin. We see and hear the devaluing of people of color, of those with disabilities, of women, of immigrants; this list, incomplete as it is, is exhausting. And yet, we hold fast because we carry hope in our...

J Jennifer "Jo" VonRue
The Miracle in the Mundane

The Miracle in the Mundane

Oh Spirit that moves in ALL things, Great Mystery, Whose reach spans beyond the cold distant edges of our Universe, And yet is present within the vast subatomic emptiness, Coursing through every fiber and every breath of our being – And through Being itself! Help us to see the Miracle in the...

K Kyle Johnson
A Prayer for Humility

A Prayer for Humility

Spirit of Life I find you In those humble places. The quiet, still spaces where I am held in A love greater than myself. You are the wind in my breath; The fire in my soul; The subtle Heartbeat of creation all around me....

A Alex Jensen
Prayer for the Installation of a Minister

Prayer for the Installation of a Minister

Spirit of Life, known to us in beginnings and endings, In possibilities and promises We give thanks for all that has led to this moment, And all that is yet to come. We give thanks for those who mentored us— The women and men in our lives who were our teachers, Who said the turning words of...

K Kathleen Rolenz
The Deepest Prayers of Our Heart

The Deepest Prayers of Our Heart

Universal Spirit of Life, God of many names, Source of all being in which we live and breathe and have our being, We come together in prayer even though many us struggle with what that means. We come together before that which is greater than us, although we struggle to say what that is....

K Krista Taves
Spirit of Life

Spirit of Life

Spirit of life, help me remember that all animals belong. Bless the bats for eating mosquitoes. Bless the crows and buzzards for cleaning up the dead, and bless even the snakes, who keep the mice out of the rice. Each of them is important. And each does good in its own way. Blessed be.

E Eliza Blanchard
A Prayer For Kwanzaa

A Prayer For Kwanzaa

O come all you faithful, rejoicing and victorious, Come, let us embrace the mystery in the spirit of life, as we celebrate the goodness of Kwanzaa and the the African American heritage. Come and give thanks for companions on the journey in the struggle for freedom and justice....

A Addae Ama Kraba
Crossing Borders

Crossing Borders

Spirit of my longing and lonely heart, help me travel through the barren borderlands that separate me from others. Teach me to willingly explore relationships with those who frighten or threaten me, grant me the courage to risk confidently my own comforts, that I might make others more comfortable.

S Stephen M Shick
Prayer for a Complicated Father's Day

Prayer for a Complicated Father's Day

Holidays are complicated, especially the ones named after roles. Human relationships are messy, including relationships with people who are honored by holidays. For a lot of people, Father’s Day brings up feelings of grief for fathers who were lost, or who couldn’t be there, or who chose not to...

L Lyn Cox
We Come into Thy Secret Place

We Come into Thy Secret Place

O Thou unseen source of peace and holiness, we come into thy secret place to be filled with thy pure and solemn light. As we come to thee, we remember that we have been drawn aside from the straight and narrow way; that we have not walked lovingly with each other and humbly with thee; that we have...

V Van Ogden Vogt
Prayer for Christmas Eve with Hymns

Prayer for Christmas Eve with Hymns

This prayer's author suggests that for each paragraph of the prayer, an accompanist (on piano or some other instrument) softly play the hymn that's indicated at stanza's end. For clarity, these instructions are included below....

L Lisa Doege
Prayer for Our Nation

Prayer for Our Nation

God of all known by many names, Holy one. It’s in sorrow that I implore your intercession in removing the darkness that has descended upon this land. Heartbroken and filled with pain, we are on the precipice of descending into our lowest form of baseness in despair. Lift the veil of hatred, envy...

A Addae Ama Kraba
a Post-Election Prayer

a Post-Election Prayer

Loving and Transforming Grace, Source of creation who some know as God -- Be with us now. We have endured the hard night of struggle for our nation’s soul for lo these many months, and find ourselves looking inward, to each other, to all fonts of wisdom, for guidance....

D Deborah Weiner
Prayer of Reconciliation

Prayer of Reconciliation

We gather with a hunger for reconciliation. What is done cannot be undone. What is done next must now be done with care. We gather because we are hopeful, Because we have visions and dreams of a brighter future. That there may be more than vision in this room, These are the wounds we must heal...

A Anne Barker