Daily Prayers for February 16

On February 16, 2005, the Kyoto Protocol went into effect as an international attempt to reduce greenhouse gases and global warming. The protocol places more responsibility on developed countries because they are responsible for the highest levels of greenhouse gas emissions.

O Lord, let my soul rise up to meet you

as the day rises to meet the sun.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,

as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.

Come, let us sing to the Lord : let us shout for joy to the Rock of our salvation.

Song “Sing, O Sky (Gaao Re)”

Lord God of hosts, hear my prayer : hearken, O God of Jacob.

Psalm 84:2 6

The sparrow has found her a house and the swallow a nest where she may lay her young : by the side of your altars, O Lord of hosts, my King and my God.

Happy are they who dwell in your house! : they will always be praising you.

Happy are the -people whose strength is in you! : whose hearts are set on the pilgrims’ way.

Those who go through the desolate valley will find it a place of springs : for the early rains have covered it with pools of water.

They will climb from height to height : and the God of gods will reveal himself in Zion.

Lord God of hosts, hear my prayer : hearken, O God of Jacob.

Genesis 32:3 – 21 Hebrews 8:1 – 13

Lord God of hosts, hear my prayer : hearken, O God of Jacob.

British evangelical John Stott has written, “Simplicity is the first cousin of contentment. Its motto is, ‘We brought nothing into this world, and we can certainly carry nothing out.’ It recognizes that we are pilgrims. It concentrates us on what we need, and measures this by what we use. It rejoices in the good things of creation, but hates waste and greed and clutter. It knows how easily the seed of the Word is smothered by the ‘cares and riches of this life.’ It wants to be free of distractions, in order to love and serve God and others.”

Prayers for Others

Our Father

Lord, the morning is clothed with splendor from the beauty of dewdrops to the slow rising of the sun. And yet, as each day descends to night, we trust that the morning beauty will come again. Likewise, we pray to trust that you will decorate our lives with the essentials we need for today. Amen.

May the peace of the Lord Christ go with you : wherever he may send you;

may he guide you through the wilderness : protect you through the storm;

may he bring you home rejoicing : at the wonders he has shown you;

may he bring you home rejoicing : once again into our doors.

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