Daily Prayers for December 16

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 “Fairest Lord -Jesus”

Rise up, O Lord, and rule the earth : every inch of it is yours.

Psalm 82:1 5

God takes his stand in the council of heaven : he gives judgment in the midst of the gods:

“How long will you judge unjustly : and show favor to the wicked?

Save the weak and the orphan : defend the humble and needy;

rescue the weak and the poor : deliver them from the power of the wicked.

They do not know, neither do they understand; they go about in darkness : all the foundations of the earth are shaken.”

Rise up, O Lord, and rule the earth : every inch of it is yours.

Isaiah 9:1 – 7 Matthew 11:2 – 15

Rise up, O Lord, and rule the earth : every inch of it is yours.

Seattle, chief of the Suquamish, asked, “How can you buy or sell the sky, the warmth of the land? The idea is strange to us. Every part of this earth is sacred to my -people. Every shining pine needle, every sandy shore, every mist in the dark woods, every clearing and humming insect is holy in the memory and experience of my -people. We are part of the earth and it is part of us.”

Prayers for Others

Our Father

Lord, we forget that we do not create our world. Help us remember creation as a gift we are called to serve and watch over. Free us from habits that dishonor the land, and teach us to revel in its bounty with gratitude. 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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