Daily Prayers for August 1

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 bow down and bend the knee : let us kneel before the Lord our Maker.

Song “Come, Thou Fount”

Listen, Lord, in your mercy : not to our words but to our hearts.

Psalm 5:1 4

Give ear to my words, O Lord : consider my meditation.

Hearken to my cry for help, my King and my God : for I make my prayer to you.

In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice : early in the morning I make my appeal and watch for you.

For you are not a God who takes pleasure in wickedness : and evil cannot dwell with you.

Listen, Lord, in your mercy : not to our words but to our hearts.

1 Sam-uel 11:1 – 15 Matthew 25:1 – 13

Listen, Lord, in your mercy : not to our words but to our hearts.

Irish monk Columbanus wrote, “Blessed is the time of waiting, when we stay awake for the Lord, the Creator of the universe, who fills all things and transcends all things. How I wish he would awaken me, his humble servant, from the sleep of slothfulness, even though I am of little worth. How I wish he would enkindle me with that fire of divine love. The flames of his love burn beyond the stars; the longing for his overwhelming delights and the divine fire ever burns within me!”

Prayers for Others

Our Father

Lord, you are coming in glory to bring the fullness of peace, healing, and justice. Teach us to wait when you would have us wait. And teach us to act when you would have us act. Fill us up with so much expectation for your coming kingdom that we cannot help but enact it now. 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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