Daily Prayers for August 31

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 “I Will Trust in the Lord”

In our words and in our lives : may your will be done.

Psalm 146:1 3

Hallelujah! Praise the Lord, O my soul! : I will praise the Lord as long as I live; I will sing praises to my God while I have my being.

Put not your trust in rulers, nor in any child of earth : for there is no help in them.

When they breathe their last, they return to earth : and in that day their thoughts perish.

In our words and in our lives : may your will be done.

2 Sam-uel 24:1 – 2, 10 – 25 Romans 12:1 – 8

In our words and in our lives : may your will be done.

Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero said this shortly before his assassination: “I am going to speak to you simply as a pastor, as one who, together with his -people, has been learning the beautiful but harsh truth that the Christian faith does not cut us off from the world but immerses us in it; the church is not a fortress set apart from the city. The church follows -Jesus, who lived, worked, struggled and died in the midst of a city, in the polis.”

Prayers for Others

Our Father

Lord, help us not to conform to the patterns of this world but to be transformed by the renewing of our minds. Give us a new imagination so that we might live in ways that do not compute to the logic of materialism and militarism. Make us into holy nonconformists so that we might see the kingdoms of this world transformed into your glorious kingdom. 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.

Becoming the Answer to Our Prayers: A Few Ideas

1.   Build a little chapel or prayer room in your home or in the woods and start using it.

2.   Do something that doesn’t fit the status quo.

3.   Forgive a politician, pastor, parent, or friend who wronged you.

4.   Serve at a free clinic for persons who are uninsured.

5.         Let your yes be yes and your no be no.

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