Daily Prayers for October 6

Fannie Lou Hamer (1917 – 1977)

Fannie Lou Hamer was born the daughter of sharecroppers in Mississippi, a poor black woman in the poorest region of America at the time. She rose up from obscurity to challenge the principalities and powers of her day. A fiery and eloquent voice for freedom, she helped to guide and inspire the struggle for freedom. In Hamer’s later years, her concerns grew beyond civil rights to include opposition to the Vietnam War and efforts to unite poor -people of all shades of skin in a movement to end poverty. She was known for her line, “I am sick and tired of being sick and tired.”

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 “Freedom Train”

Let your wondrous love be upon us : for in you alone have we put our trust.

Psalm 33:1 5

Rejoice in the Lord, you righteous : it is good for the just to sing praises.

Praise the Lord with the harp : play to him upon the psaltery and lyre.

Sing for him a new song : sound a fanfare with all your skill upon the trumpet.

For the word of the Lord is right : and all his works are sure.

He loves righteous-ness and justice : the loving-kindness of the Lord fills the whole earth.

Let your wondrous love be upon us : for in you alone have we put our trust.

Jeremiah 38:1 – 13 James 3:13 – 4:12

Let your wondrous love be upon us : for in you alone have we put our trust.

Russian novelist Fyodor Dostoyevsky wrote, “Love in action is a harsh and dreadful thing compared to love in dreams.”

Prayers for Others

Our Father

Loving God, even in the midst of the world’s pain and sorrow, we can encounter your joy. Show us that such joy comes when we are caught up in works of mercy and find ourselves unable to distinguish between our blessings and those of our brothers and sisters. 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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