Happy New Year! Welcome to 2020! Let’s begin this year by praying this pray for one another. “May the Lord Bless You and Keep You.” Amen.
Imagine, this new year is like your empty picture frame. How will you fill it? What image will you lay between the smooth glass and the rough background that will hold and support the image of your future?
Let’s Park and Pray at 1:11 pm:
Creator God, there are times when life seems like a collage of tangled moments, tasks and frosty dreams. Thank you Almighty God for walking with us and shining your Light on our path. Praise You for we are “fearfully and wonderfully made.” Help us to avoid undoing your handiwork. O Lord “Bless us and Keep us.” In Thy Holy Name. Amen
What gifts will you give and receive this Christmas?
Consider devoting a specific time of the day to pray. I chose 1:11 pm as a time to park my mind, body and spirit at God’s weigh station for refueling. Try pressing the reset in your day and life.
Imagine giving God thanks. Prayerfully, thanking and praising God in word, song, dance and deed.
Ask God to bless someone.
Pray someone’s chains are released and they are no longer bound by sickness, debt, fear, addiction and pain.
Please pray with me
God, I give thanks with a grateful heart. Give thanks to the Holy One.
I welcome the gifts that Jesus Christ, Savior, Healer, Redeemer offers us.
I pray that our Christmas and New Year will be filled with Love, Joy, Peace & Hope.
Praise You O God for breaking the chains in our lives and setting us free indeed. Lord receive our prayers in Your Holy Name. Amen
Thank you Beneficent Church Liturgical Dancers (see video)
Led by Faith Stuckey :
Stacey Grasso, Faith Stuckey, Christopher Washington Jr., Destiny Washington, Nevaeh Washington and Aisha.
“Break Every Chain” Tasha Cobbs
Give the gift of prayer. Pray for someone.
Dear God, thank You for the priceless gift of prayer. You keep giving us so much in return. Merciful God hear us as we park and pray at 1:11 pm. Bless us with a glorious Christmas and a spirit filled New Year. Inspire our spiritual siblings to park and pray at 1:11 pm. We pray for (names). In Christ’s Name. Amen
President Lincoln said, “I’ve been driven many times upon my knees.” I wonder how many of us have been driven upon our knees? If so, then what?
Let’s Park & Pray at 1:11
Merciful God, we are reminded that President Lincoln was driven upon his knees and humbly sought your guidance. Inspire those who declared an oath to serve You and country to humble themselves before your throne of grace.
Inspire our Leaders to be righteous, forgiving and just.
Receive our prayers, wherever and whatever our persuasions may be.
Standing, sitting, falling on bended knees, or lying faced down with outstretched hands, we pray our best from our hearts.
When we pray, “God bless America!” Help us to know that You bless us in unexpected ways.
Give us this day as our daily Bread and deliver us from evil. We pray in Your Holy Name. Amen
Very Truly I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies it produces much fruit. Jn 12:24
Sometimes death comes in threes. First, my Auntie Dottie left us peacefully. Her prayers calmed storms, moved mountains of doubts, healed, blessed and renewed our faith. She loved and lived to please Jesus. The Holy Spirit was her constant companion.
Second, Barbara Whatmough, my creative Prayer Partner whose art, songs and thoughts created a tapestry of divine glory to God. She embraced a peaceful sleep where “the Heavens declare the glorified God.” Psalms 18:1
Third, Cynthia Corry, my delightful and dependable helper suddenly went up to yonder. She often stayed behind to help pick of the pieces of our Good Friday Service, Luncheon for the Homeless and Fellowship Hour. Her smile was like a candlelight burning and leaving a trail of sweet calm.
Let’s Park and Pray at 1:11
God of Grace and Mercy, thank you for the gift of life and the promise of eternal peace. Make your presence known to us as we mourn the loss of our loved ones and also celebrate their home-going. We park and pray at this moment in Your Holy Name. Amen
And ye therefore now have sorrow: but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no one taketh away from you. – John 16:22
Prayers for Thanksgivings
We give thanks for Your Presence, Love, and Mercy. We give thanks for Your Blessings and Grace.
We give thanks for those who are present, missing and passed.
We give thanks for relationships and goodwill that lasts.
We give thanks for friendly strangers, workers, farmers and cooks.
We give thanks for life, living, comfort, challenges and giving.
We give thanks for Thanksgiving and the blessings we share.
God, we give thanks as our meal, our time, our conversations and new memories. Fill us with your Peace, Light and Love ❤️ on this day and always.
In Your Holy name, we pray.
A Grateful Heart
Almighty God, in this season of Thanksgiving, we give thanks with a grateful heart.
You fill us with your Word, clothe us with your Grace and anoint us with your Righteousness.
Love Supreme, we sing praises and we give thanks with a grateful heart for your enduring love.
In your Holy name, we pray. Amen
The greatest punishment one can have is to discover, not how hard, but how low one has fallen. M.B.S.
Park and Pray at 1:11
“Almighty God, through your mercies may we recognize our faults, and withstand any evil influences within and around us.
Strengthen us so we won’t yield to temptation. Deliver us from our evil ways. For glorifying You and doing Your will is our highest purpose.
Your power, strength and might protects us, prepares us to resist evil and cling to all things pure. In Thy Holy Name. Amen.
“Do not be overcome by evil,
but overcome evil with good.”
Romans 12:21 NRSV
For healing and strength.
Lord Have Mercy! Have Mercy, O Lord!
When school bells stopped ringing
When voices are silenced by gunshots
When innocent lives are stolen,
When there’s terror and fear.
We need You O Lord! Trouble is near.
Lord Have Mercy!
O God, Who moves the hands of clocks,
Who jumpstarts and awakens a sluggish heart,
Who fills lungs with air and restores each breath.
Eternal God, with us in life and in times of death.
We park and pray at 1:11, for lives lost and broken families.
Lord Have Mercy!
Put away the weapons and remove the rage
Disarm those who harm and fail to protect,
Who lack humane dignity and respect,
Lord, we pray for those injured, in pain and suffering.
Daily….We Park and Pray at 1:11.
Park and Pray at 1:11 pm
Like a candle that burns all day and night, Rev. Dr. Daehler Hayes’ memory is a beacon of hope that shines bright.
There’s so many stories about Pastor Daehler.
He made us laugh. He gave encouragement and warnings seasoned with Grace. Thank God, for Pastor Hayes, especially for all that he offered the people of Haiti.
Daehler often gave good advice and a lasting impression.
He was God’s Servant, our Friend, a Hero, Leader, Pastor, Shining Star and most of all a Blessing.
Merciful God, comfort his family, and all who grieve.
Thank you Almighty God for the promise of eternal peace.
In our Savior’s Name. Amen
An Interfaith Service of
Remembrance and Thanksgiving
October 26, 2019 at 11:00 am
Central Congregational Church UCC
O God, who will take his place? Who will take the place of one who was wrapped in courage?
Courage cannot be bought or sold
Outgoing friendly, socially confident
Understands issues and remedies
Reliable well grounded, dependable
Attitude feelings, moods are stable
Grateful family legacy, service, living
Empathetic to grassroots’ needs
Let us continue to park and pray.
Dear God, we park and pray giving thanks for Representative Elijah Cummings, his life, his gifts and all that he shared with so many of us. He showed himself as a man with a tremendous amount of courage despite having many hardships and obstacles. He will be sadly missed.
O God, who will take his place?
Send forth one who is willing to give time, talents and treasures.
One willing to work hard for You and in Your name.
One who loves to do justice, loves mercy and who loves to walk humbly with You, Almighty God.
We give thanks. We receive Your grace and mercy knowing Elijah’s work is done. His rest and eternal peace has begun. In Your Holy Name. Amen
“I think now we have to pray for his health,” Ms. Pelosi told reporters afterward. “This was a very serious meltdown on the part of the president.” She said Mr. Trump seemed “very shaken up” by the cascade of criticism.
Mr. Trump said it was the other way around. “Nancy Pelosi needs help fast!” he wrote on Twitter. “She had a total meltdown in the White House today. It was very sad to watch. Pray for her, she is a very sick person!”
(The N.Y. Times, 10/16/19)
Let Us Park and Pray at 1:11
Almighty God, America’s leaders are publicly asking us to pray for their adversary. It seems odd given their tense relationship.
A Call to Pray is an amazing request from our leaders. Surely, God, You inspired them. You’re up to something! It’s always good!
Loving God, we thank you for those leaders who are willing to receive the love, hope, peace and renewal that You offer.
Thank You for Leaders who are faithful and forgiving. Leaders who exercise humility, possess integrity, honor, civility and love for You, our country and humanity.
Merciful God we pray for healing for those who struggle with their ethical, moral, impulsive decisions and behaviors.
We pray for our leaders whose decisions seriously impact lives in detrimental ways.
We pray for those who have meltdowns and who refuse to enter into the places where God may guide them.
Lord, God we pray for our country’s leaders, especially those who occupy the highest offices in our nation. Help them to be truthful and transparent.
Great God, help us make America great for all people. May all recognize Your undeniable power to answer all prayers as we pray:
Our Father who art in heaven. Hallow be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sinned against us. Lead us not into temptation. Deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory forever. Amen
O Lord not again!
It’s hard to comprehend
Seems impossible to defend
A call, a response and an innocent life ends?
Oh Lord not again!
When no one provokes or ignites!
No one defends or fights!
No one is armed or threatens to harm.
But, Lord again and again!
An unarmed innocent life ends.
It keeps happening over again!
O Lord not again!
We need You
To Protect and Defend
Children and innocent victims
Without You there is no end
O Lord not again!
Not again, Lord,
Please Lord not again. Amen.
Park and Pray is
No Side Effects!
It Requires: A-T-T-E-N-T-I-O-N
Now or never
Faith in God
What the Lord Promises when you
“Come to me,
all you who are
I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you and
learn from me,
for I am gentle and
humble in heart, and
you will find rest for your souls.
For my yoke is easy and
my burden is light.”
Jesus of Nazareth Matt. 11:28–30
O God, hear the prayers of my heart, mind and soul. I wait with mercy and thankfulness for your response. Amen.
What if you’re on your way to an unfamiliar destination. Maybe you’re fearful about getting lost, being alone and abandoned.
Do you feel like you are under watchful eyes?
The Psalmist reminds us:
“The Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.” Psalms 121:8
Prayer is a way to acknowledge and accept the Lord’s help.
There are many ways to Park and Pray. You may find yourself parked or sitting on a bench at a bus stop. Maybe you’re willing to stop wherever you may be at 1:11 pm.
At the bus stop you see bystanders, strangers and an onslaught of traffic racing around a rotary. You hear a melody of horns, tires screeching, babies crying and a host of multilingual conversations. You are distracted and confused by the commotion. Your peace of mind diminishes.
Yet, Spirit calls you to mindfully withdraw from the crowds and enter into a sacred space where God waits for you.
You lift up your eyes to the hills and you ask, “Where will my help come?” You are reminded that your help comes from the Lord. (Ps121:1)
So, you to embrace the Light and you feel the presence of the Divine. It’s as if a breeze gently touches and guides you. Feel the raindrops extinguish your doubts and shower you with calmness.
You’re on your way and you’re not alone.
“The Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.” Psalms 121:8
Let’s Park and Pray
Almighty God, thank you for waiting and watching over me.
Thank you for awakening me to your presence and for walking with me.
Forgive me for doubting your presence and your promises to love me and never leave me.
Lord, strengthen my faith and renew my hope. Help me to discern your voice, your messages and your will.
Holy Spirit inspire me with passion and patience to prayerfully watch, wait and walk with You always.
Holy one, may I always know your presence, especially when I am lost, feeling hopeless and abandoned at the crowded bus stops in our lives.
Receive my prayer in the powerful name of my Savior. Amen.
Friends, no matter where you are along life’s journey join us in spirit. Park and Pray at 1:11 pm with us.
Check the menu tab for your name on the prayer list and for additional prayers.
As we prepare for a new school year, may it be a fresh start for all.
We give you thanks for those who have the gifts to teach, preach, reach out, encourage and grow leaders.
We pray for all children, students, teachers, administrators and all who promote and support the learning experience. Keep us safe and bless us with your Peace daily.
We praise you Almighty God, for in the midst of fear and brokenness there is the Light of your presence shining on and through us.
Give us eyes to see your work, ears to hear your still speaking voice, hands and feet to spread your Love, Joy and Peace.
Give us each day our daily bread as a fresh start and renewed strength for our journey.
Receive our prayers O God in our Savior’s name. Amen 🙏🏾.
Drawing by Adelya who hears through her eyes, hands and heart.
Praying the Psalms with Maren
O God, I hear you speak through the message in 1 Thessalonians 5:12-24.
You call us to do better and to be better people. To unite in Spirit and to be mindful of your holy presence. Boldly, we lift our eyes to the hills, the heavens, and beyond. Our help comes from you, O God.
O God Help Us!
Recognize those who work hard on our behalf. Those who encourage and guide us to do your will. May we appreciate and share our loving affection for them.
O God Help Us!
Get along with one another. Inspire us to do our part to help our neighbors in need.
O God Help Us!
Be patient with each person, attentive to individual needs, and to be careful that we don’t snap at each other. Help us to look for the best in each other, and do our best to bring it out.
O God Help Us!
Pray without ceasing; giving thanks to You, O God in times of troubles and blessings.
O God Help Us!
To embrace your Spirit, Words and Love. To go where You lead us and spread your Peace.
O God, the Almighty One who makes us holy and whole, unite us in body, mind, spirit and soul.
In Christ’s Name. Amen
I struggled with naming the title of this Reflection but writing the Prayer was a breeze.
Remember the movie, “Guess Whose Coming to Dinner?”
Do you remember the guest, the handsome Sydney Poitier, a poised, smooth, and debonair Black man who won the hearts of many?
Yes, but, it didn’t happen without a struggle.
Someone boldly invited him to dinner. Eventually others welcomed him.
He wasn’t the boogeyman or the big bad wolf who planned to “huff and puff and blow your house down.”
The guest was already equipped to be a friend, a neighbor, a worker and lover. The folks around the dinner table had to change their perceptions and ways.
Today, we are faced with unexpected guests.
We are challenged to reach across our tables and invite an immigrant father, mother, child and family to dinner. Pray with them and for them.
We are called to do our best.
Trust God will do the rest.
Let us Park and Pray at 1:11 pm
Almighty God we look to You for guidance as we struggle with a humanitarian crises involving guests who are seeking a refuge from life threatening situations.
We are grounded by Your Spirit, Word and Love. Bless us with the means and ways to honor justice and welcome our guests to a bountiful table.
Inspire us to welcome an asylum seeking immigrant family. Equip us with the tools to address their most urgent needs. Bless them with the righteous desires of their hearts.
Gracious and Merciful God we thank you for making room for us at your table. We are grateful to be Your guests and servants. Feed all who hunger and thirst for righteousness.
O Holy One feed us until we want no more. Until we can say and believe that, ” The Lord is my Shepherd I shall not want.”
We Park and Pray at 1:11 pm
In our Savior’s name. Amen
I found this prayer in my collection and it is a much needed prayer today.
Please join me. Park and Pray at 1:11 pm.
What is it?
Is there such a thing as falling upward?
Is it something you plan to do or is it an accident? What is it that pulls you upwards? What pulls you out of the weeds and close to the clouds?
You’re far away from whatever holds you down. Enjoy it!
Hang in there! Hold on!
You’re standing on tree limbs of a sturdy tree. Look around you and now look 👀 up. It feels amazing!
Do you wonder how you will get down? Do you care? What if you just stay up there for a while?
How does it feel to fall upwards?
It defies gravity.
But, it does not defy God.
Let’s Park and Pray at 1:11
Almighty God, so great is your power, magnificent is your strength and awesome your wisdom. You are amazing!
Gracious God, help me to find your peace in the midst of the weeds, the trees, the dark clouds and raindrops. Help me to feel your peace especially when I’ve fallen and I struggle to get up. May I hold and share your peace at all times.
Thank you for the blessed assurance of your presence. Holy One, I give myself to you, to safeguard, protect, build and lead as you please.
In Your Holy Name. Amen.
The Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama is a place where I found this peace sign. Our prayers this month will focus on peace in our lives, our homes, our communities and in our world.
Park and Pray at 1:11 pm
Holy One, thank you for “the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding.” I pray that I may have an appreciation of the peace that you offer me. Bless me with an awareness of your peace so that I may receive it and share it with others. Guard my heart and my mind in Christ, the Prince of Peace.
It’s a habit, reflexive, ingrained, intuitive and spontaneous.
It’s 1:11 and it’s time to 🙏🏾.
Time to press the reset button in my day and in my life.
Reset back to a peaceful time. Yes, it’s time to get centered. Time to connect with the Holy. Praying renews my strength.
One day while shopping at 🛌 🛀 and Beyond I parked my 🛒 in a quiet corner of the store. I leaned forward and rested on my 🛒.
I parked and 🙏🏾 at 1:11pm.
Holy One, thank you for watching and waiting for us to call you. O God, we need you. We need you to shine your Light in the darkest places in our society. Destroy hatred and injustice. It’s evil, contagious and it’s killing your people.
“Let the wicked abandon their way of life and the evil their way of thinking. Let them come back to you O God, who is merciful.” Isaiah 55:7
Gracious God, “deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever.” In Our Savior’s Name. Amen
Holy One we give thanks for those who serve as mothers in our lives.
For mothers whose loving arms nurture, protect and support us.
For mothers whose footsteps we follow and shoulders we lean on.
For mothers who are shepherds of your people.
For mothers whose spirit continues to feed us.
We give thanks and praise in Your Holy name we pray. Amen
I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Psalm 139:14
Today is my birthday! I wonder about my birth day. You know, the day that I was born. So, I Call the Almighty One who was present at my birth.
O God, You are Great! You are Good! You are here!
All the time and everywhere!
Gracious God, I park and pray early this morning before the birds awaken, spread their wings and utter their first breath tones. O God, I am in awe of your presence and power as I hear rhythmic pulsations.
It’s my birth day, my first breath, the Ruah breath that breathed life within me. Loving God, your breath is like a slow wind entering my nose and moving down to the soles of my feet. I am awakened by the fresh sounds of a primal cry and joyful musical strings. I see a bright light. I feel my life awaken to your presence and welcoming me to this new day. “I am fearfully and wonderfully made!” I am a nameless baby girl until someone said, “Cleo,” and I smiled.
Today, O God, I give thanks for the blessings of a new day as I celebrate my birthday. I eat Your daily bread. I drink from Your cup of blessings made from pressed grapes. Its the salvation that quenches my spiritual thirst. I bear witness to Your presence and glorify You in word and deed. Still, I am a work in progress. I celebrate the gift of prayer each day at 1:11 pm. I thank You O God, for Your grace, love, Spirit and so much more. Your grace is the gas in my tank. Your love is the life blood flowing through my body. Your Spirit is the seed of my contentment. Thank God, for another birthday celebration of life!
O God, You are Great! You are Good! You are here! All the time and everywhere! Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow! Amen.
May, our spirit rise, walk and pray each day while carrying our cross, enduring its burden until injustice and oppression are dismantled, righteousness, peace, equity, and prosperity are real for all..
May we embrace the Light of God’s Holy presence, Christ’s ways, redemption and salvation, and the power of the Holy Spirit that inspires us to declare and share love. In our Savior’s Name. Amen
Hated by the world,
Sold for thirty pieces of silver,
Sweating blood in Your agony,
Betrayed by Judas,
Forsaken by Your disciples,
Struck upon the cheek,
Accused by false witnesses,
Spit upon in the face,
Denied by Peter, .
Mocked by Herod,
Scourged by Pilate, .
Rejected for Barabbas,
Loaded with the cross,
Crowned with thorns,
Stripped of Your garments,
Nailed to the tree,
Reviled by the people,
Scoffed at by the malefactor,
Wounded in the side,
Shedding Your last drop of blood, .
Forsaken by Your Father,
Dying for our sins,
Taken down from the cross, .
Laid in the sepulchre,
Ascending into Heaven,
Sending down the Paraclete, .
Jesus the Innocent Lamb of God,
sacrificed for us, Jesus our Mediator,
Jesus our Redeemer,
Be merciful, Spare us, O Lord.
Be merciful, Graciously hear us, O Lord.
Where are you? Why are you here? What are you serving? Who do you serve? How? What are you willing to give as ransom? Will you give your time, talents, treasures or what else? Do nothing. Simply be present. Can you be a non anxious presence?
Let Us Park and Pray st 1:11 pm
God, this Holy Week many are tempted to do a lot to prepare for the Easter celebration with family and friends. We might search for the perfect hat, the most beautiful suit and wear the most attractive hairstyle. In the midst of our prepation we might trip over the alabaster bottle and waste it’s precious oils. We may forget to sit at your table, eat, drink and recall the Last Supper. We might step on broken nails and trip on splinters from a worn out cross. We will miss whatever you have in store for us. Almighty God help us to open our eyes, ears, hearts and hands to receive you and what you prepare to serve us daily. Thank you for your life gift, a ransom for us. Please accept our meager offering of faith and stillness. In your name. Amen.
I thought you might like this interesting quote:
“The destiny of nations lies far more in the hands of women—the mothers—than in the hands of those who possess power. We must cultivate women, who are educators of the human race, else a new generation cannot accomplish its task.” – Froebel
What are your thoughts?
Let us Park and Pray at 1:11 pm.
Holy Mother of all living beings, thank you for Your Mighty hands that stretch beyond our imagination. You embrace the universe, touching stars and hugging our lives. Holy One, you help us imagine ourselves as an extension of your hands, heart, feet and spirit in our nation. Love Divine, inspire us to unite, love and share your bountiful blessings around the world. Empower us to be steadfast, to persevere and to resist the forces of evil. May we glorify you O God far greater than we praise ourselves. Merciful God, receive our prayers. In your Holy name. Amen
Park and Pray at 1:11 for the New Zealand Community. Join us in the spirit of Love, Peace, Justice and Unity. Shine a Light 💡 in the midst of darkness. Lift up your face and call on God who overcomes darkness. Then, Pray at 1:11 pm:
Great God, Magnificent Savior, Holy Spirit Come! Your children are crying for your people are in a spiritual battle. We are struggling to share our love with one another. But, evil comes to turn off our Light even while we pray. Come Holy Spirit, shine your light 💡 on us right now. Renew our strength, heal our brokenness and mend our wounded hearts. Inspire us with unbending faith and power to overcome evil. Strengthen our ability to end hatred through our own acts of love. We Pray for Healing. Holy One make your presence known especially during the aftermath of the storm of hatred in Christchurch, New Zealand. Comfort the broken-hearted and dry our tears. Bless us with the Light of your Holy presence. “Give us this day our daily Bread 🍞 and deliver us from evil. For you are the kingdom, the power, and the glory forever. Amen.”
Poor, homeless for three years, robbed of the few goods he collected and denies he’s broke. He wears the same clothes daily, and declared he had no money. He only begged for one thing. Steve lit a candle and asked for prayer.
Let us Park and Pray at 1:11 pm for World Peace.
Dear God, we mourn the loss of 49 people who were killed in Christchurch, New Zealand. They prayed and we pray they did not die in vain. Lord receive their prayers and our prayers for World Peace. We pray for healing for those who were injured. Comfort for those who are grieving. A change of heart for those who are filled with hatred and rage. Holy One shield us from harm and protect us at all times, especially while we worship and pray. Bless us with World Peace now and always. Loving God, let it be. In our Savior’s Name. Amen
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.” John 14:27 NRSV
“I know that my Redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand upon the earth. And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God; I myself will see him with my own eye—I, and not another. How my heart yearns within me!” – (Job 19:25-27)
Grieving our loss & Celebrating their lives
A PRAYER of LAMENT
By Debbie Przybylski
Lord, I know that you are faithful over all things, even the hard, dark times of my life. Help me not back away from you in my time of grief. Help me instead to lean into you and trust you, even when I do not understand your ways. Please keep my head above the waters of anguish and my feet from slipping off the ground of truth. Help me see you in these hard moments and glorify you in my response. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
“Stay close to our lawmakers. Remind them to trust always in the multitude of your mercy. Deliver them from the mire of division and despair as you lead them to your desired destination,” U.S. Senate Chaplain Barry C. Black
Chaplain Black prays, inspires, advises and leads a weekly Bible Study with a diverse group of U.S Senators and Representatives. He authored several books that speak about the power of prayer. He holds impeccable credentials. He is admired by many as one who is truly God anointed and blessed.
I met him at a recent event where he was the guest speaker.
He spoke candidly about prayer, his spiritual practice since childhood. I invited Chaplain Black and others to Park and Pray at 1:11 pm with us.
Yes, somebody is praying in the U.S. Congress. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse, Representative Cicillini and others agreed to Park and Pray at 1:11 pm.
The Bible reminds us to go to God in prayer. “You have not because you ask not.” James 4:2
Let’s park, stop and pray at 1::11 pm together:
Holy One, Father and Mother to us all. We thank you for being present with us. You are our Light, our source of Strength, Purpose and Reason for being. Help us to walk in your ways and Your will. In Our Savior’s name. Amen
My adult son revisited his childhood book and he found new meaning –>
What matters most?
The fall or the getting up? ——->—>
The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall. Nelson Mandela
Let us Park and Pray at 1:11
Holy One, you are amazing! You show up when I need you. You speak to my heart and soul. You give me strength to hold onto the ledges, edges and cliffs of life’s journey. When I fall down on my knees you welcome me and lift my burdens. Falling in love with you is an incredible journey. Spirit of the Living and Loving God fall fresh on me so I may fall up when I’ve fallen down. Draw me close to you so I may follow the Light of your Holy presence. In my Savior’s name. Amen
“God grant that under the spirit of Jesus Christ you will choose a high way. Eternal God our Father, we thank Thee for the inspiration of Jesus. Grant that we will follow His way and recognize that we are made for the high places. And grant that we will rise up out of the low, far countries of evil and return to the father’s house. And now unto Him whom is able to keep us from falling and to present us faultless before our father’s throne, to Him be power and authority, majesty and dominion, now, henceforth, and forevermore. Amen.”
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.,
Excerpted from,”Thou, Dear God”: Prayers that Open Hearts and Minds,
Glorious God who calls us to
Remember Dr. King
Calls All People to Break Free!
Fall on our Knees & Pray
Walk the Talk
Listen to a Deeper Way
L👀k behind and step forward
Wise God who guides and gives us a future with hope. Give us this day Bread for the journey is long and your people are hungry for justice.
Today, on this momentous day in our country’s congressional history, I am reminded of Mary, Holy Mother of Jesus, Son of God whose time and place was a fulfillment of prophecy. She received God’s call and accepted her assignment to give birth to the Divine. She was fearless, compassionate, patient, enduring, introspective and confident. Her works continue to inspire and unite people throughout the world.
Today, as each congresswoman takes her rightful place in leading our nation I pray she will recognize the voice of the Divine and use divine wisdom in her decisions. I pray she is steadfast and enduring, united and uniting in the causes that will strengthen our nation. I pray God’s Grace in her life, healthy stamina and restful sleep. May God’s Light shine on and in her. May God bless her to be a beacon of hope, peace, love and a path for freedom, justice and equality for all. Many will park and pray at 1:11 pm for her and for all who serve our nation. In Our Savior’s Name. Amen.
I am convinced there is a God somewhere, everywhere and always present.
Prayer for the New Year 2019
Gracious God, as I look upon 2018, I’m thankful for your spiritual hand that guided me to and fro. You never you let go of me. There were times when I was troubled by some of the things I heard and saw in the world you created. I was saddened by those who passed and yet, your presence and promises gave me hope. Some of my choices stole my joy and made me weary. There were times when I couldn’t complete what you inspired me to do in 2018.
O God, I parked and prayed at 1:11 pm and throughout the day. You reminded me to “Be Still and know that You are God.”
Almighty God, thank you for carrying me, holding and comforting me while I regained my strength. Thank you for your Peace as I remember those who have passed. Thank you for your Grace, your Gift of unmerited favor. Without question, you Almighty God are life and love in its fullest and untampered form.
Help me to see your Light through the darkest clouds, beyond the walls of injustice and over the tattered bridges, built to join all God’s children as one body. Help me to make better choices, to be a better steward of time and resources that you have graciously given me. At the end of each day, lead me to restful sleep. For this past year, filled with tests, trials, and triumphs I thank you. For blessings in the new year full of mysteries and promises, I thank you. For life, love, and presence, I thank you. In Christ’s name, I pray. Amen.
A Prayer for a Blessed Christmas
Almighty God, with a reverent heart, we give thanks, honor and praise to you for your great love in the gift of your Son. We pray for “A Blessed Christmas and New Year!” Gracious God with a grateful heart we receive your gift and share this gift of love. Help us to do your will, follow in your ways remembering your call to make, “Peace on earth, good will toward all.”
In Your Holy Name I pray. Amen.
WAITING back stage. WATCHING televised show. SINGING on stage at Trinity Repertory Theatre. ADVENT! We Wait, Watch, and Share the story. He’s coming! The CHRIST CHILD comes again. He awakens our spirit! O Come, O Come Emmanuel, God with us.
When you sing you pray twice!
Let us sing and Park and Pray at 1:11
“Sometimes the sun, unkindly hot, My garden makes a desert spot, Sometimes a blight upon the tree Takes all my fruit away from me; And then with throes of bitter pain Rebellious passions rise and swell; And so I sing and all is well.” — Paul Laurence Dunbar.L
Thank you for coming when my heart aches from my swelling desires, my heart feels pressed, distressed, burdened by inflated needs. But God, Thank you for answering prayers and blessing me. I will praise you in song, I will thank you in deed, and I will praise and thank you no matter what I need.
Wait! What do you see? A Star? Red, white, blue and green? A wooden Cross? A chandelier? Candlelights, sunlight and our reflections? A Choir of witnesses?
Yesterday, we prayed as we lit a candle for each state that experienced incidents of mass gun violence in 2018. We prayed for our nation and world.
Did you know that as of August 2018 there were 268 incidents of mass gun violence in the USA? https://www.gunviolencearchive.org/charts-and-maps
Imagine, our nation held numerous Prayer Vigils and devoted more than 275 days praying for peace, comfort and an end to Gun Violence. God hears our prayers. God is still speaking. Are we still listening?
Candlelights eventually fade yet, a prayer is like an endless flame. We are called to pray without ceasing.
What if we lit a candle daily?
Today is Advent, a time to wait, watch,
When you Park, and Pray at 1:11 pm try lighting a candle.
Light a candle, watch it, hold it and imagine you’re holding a prayer. Ask God to “give you this day your daily bread” in other words fulfill your needs.
Seek the Great Light of God and allow that light to enter those dark places in your life and the lives of others.
A Prayer at 1:11 pm
God of life, Light of the world,
God of Peace and Protection.
Your presence is profound,
Your work is beyond our imagination,
You do impossible things,
Your joy is our strength,
You fill us with Your grace,
You give us ways to conquer our fears,
You heal our brokenness.
You lead us out of our wilderness.
Help us to be a candlelight in the midst of darkness.
Help us to wait, watch and listen for you,
As we listen for your guidance.
Teach us to trust and obey
Guide our feet, O Lord,
Restrain the hands that harm us,
Arrest the wicked hearted,
Strengthen the weary ones, O God.
Transform cruel and misguided minds.
May Your light burn bright in our lives.
In Your Holy Name. Amen
Dear Prayer Partners,
I am sharing these Thanksgiving “blessings, prayers, and invocations from diverse traditions, for meal times, gatherings, and grateful living” which I found on Gratefulness.org
— Read on gratefulness.org/resource/thanksgiving-meal-gratitude-blessings/
Praying your Thanksgiving is a time of gratefulness and abundant blessings.
God, we thank you for Light, water, seeds and a harvest of earthly blessings. We thank you for challenging us to trust you as we experience growing pains. We thank you for your Word and your promises. Help us to be steadfast as good stewards caring for your creation. Help us to be strong and wise, patient and faithful as your servants who trust you to fulfill your plan for us. God of justice, love and mercy, may we walk humbly with you today and always. In your Holy Name, Amen.
Holy One, we call on you to cast your vote for humanity today. Cast your vote for Justice today. Cast your vote for righteousness, love, joy, peace, kindness, goodness and mercy. O Lord, help us to win the race that is set before us. In Your Holy Name we pray. Amen
Love never fails!
PARK AND PRAY AT 1:11
“And now I (Jesus) am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one, as we are one. While I was with them, I protected them in your name that you have given me. I guarded them, and not one of them was lost except the one destined to be lost, so that the scripture might be fulfilled. But now I am coming to you, and I speak these things in the world so that they may have my joy made complete in themselves. I have given them your word, and the world has hated them because they do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world. I am not asking you to take them out of the world, but I ask you to protect them from the evil one.” John 17:11-15 (Scroll down to continue)
Let’s Park and Pray at 1:11 daily for protection, peace and justice for all.
“God, deliver us from evil.”
We remember with heartfelt agony those who perished in the midst of acts of hatred, bigotry and disregard for life.
“God, deliver us from evil.”
We remember with sadness the fatal shooting of two unarmed Black patrons in a Kentucky grocery market.
“God, deliver us from evil.”
We remember with deep concern for our former Presidents, leaders and public officials whose lives were threatened with hateful rhetoric and makeshift bombs.
“God, deliver us from evil.”
We remember with grief the 11 worshippers who were gunned down and 6 injured at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania.
“God, deliver us from evil”
We remember sinners and saints who touched our lives.
God, protect us from hostile acts and disregard for life.
“God, deliver us from evil.”
We remember acts of loving kindness.
We remember God, who calls us to love one another.
God, Love Divine, who welcomes our expressions of love.
We seek the Most High, the all Wise, Protector and Healer.
We vote, speak and stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters.
We park and pray at 1:11 pm for all our neighbors.
We cry out and we rejoice in the Lord of Life!
God, whose presence anoints and lifts our spirit.
Merciful God, who delivers us from evil.
“For thine is the kingdom power and glory for ever.” Amen
I stepped on a thorn and I screamed, “ouch!” Then, I said, “I hate you!”
I crushed beautiful flowers and I said nothing. Yet, some of us have reacted the
same way in our relationships.
A bruised word, an evil thought, evil ways and deeds.
Sometimes it seems hard to overcome evil. But, we can overcome evil.
Evil is unlike the sweet aroma emanating from these beautiful flowers.
Sometimes it’s hidden but it never goes undetected.
It seems to be everywhere ! But, it is not.
There is a remedy.
Let’s seek Divine wisdom:
Almighty, Merciful and Wise Spirit, thank you for the gift of your presence.
Lately, evil seems so pervasive in our society.
It’s heartbreaking to mourn the loss of innocent lives who are hated for the image you created them.
It’s hard to understand massacres like the Tree of Life Synagogue and other places of worship where people gather to pray.
It seems difficult to overcome evil.
Yet, many of us are inspired by your word and your ways. You give us guidance and solace in the midst of our pain.
When we pray the Lord’s Prayer, we ask you for daily bread, physical and spiritual food to fulfill our needs. We ask you to “Forgive us our trespasses (sins).” We pray, “Deliver us from evil.”
You remind us and equip us to “do justice, love mercy and walk humbly with our God.” Micah 6:8
“Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” Romans 12:12
We pray for the victims. We seek ways to comfort our wounds.
Help us pray for the thorns in our lives?
Help us pray for those who crush flowers?
We are called,
To do good. Simply do good.
Help us Almighty One
To be good. To be profoundly good.
Love Supreme, you are good! All the time!
Help us to answer your call.
We prayer in our Savior’s name. Amen.
Let us Park and Pray at 1:11 pm daily
“God of all wholeness and peace, our world yearns for your presence. We call out to you day after day, wondering why we do not see you and why we feel so abandoned. And yet, time and time again, you remind us that we only need to look around us to find you. Help us to look with clarity and compassion into the faces of your children, no matter how unimportant they might seem, so that we might find you there.
Help us to see you in the faces of those who mourn. As news breaks of the deaths of seven children and many others suffering from a virus outbreak at a health center in New Jersey, United States, remind us of the deep pain of those around the world who have experienced the loss of a child. Open our ears to listen and open our arms to comfort.
Help us to see you in the faces of those who suffer. As we hear about inhumane conditions in the prisons of Madagascar and the forced “re-education” of Uighur Muslims in China, fill us with a thirst for justice for all people who are abused due to poverty, gender identity, and all other vulnerabilities.
Help us to see you in the faces of those who are being affected by disasters. As a major hurricane makes landfall in Mexico keep survivors of all disasters, both natural and human-made, safe from harm, and help us to keep them in our hearts.
Help us to see you in the faces of those we consider our enemies. As the President of the United States threatens to withdraw aid from countries that allow refugees and asylum seekers to travel across their borders toward the United States, remind us of the humanity of all people, regardless of their skin color, language, and country of origin. Remind us that everyone, from the most powerful leader of a nation to the most vulnerable and impoverished of refugees, is a beloved child of God.
Help us to see you in the faces of all who are grief stricken, discouraged and ambivalent by the recent Pittsburgh Synagogue Massacre, where hatred dominated. You remind us we are all made in the image of God. Remind us of our connection to all of your children as members of your universal family. Fill us with your love and compassion, so that we might act as your hands, feet, and voices in the world. Make your presence known and felt in all places, so that your kingdom might grow to the ends of the earth.”
“World In Prayer” Adapted
It was 1:11pm when Rev. Dr. Kathy Henry prayed a blessing for our meal at my Sacred Heart Academy High School Reunion. It was amazing, unplanned and timely.
I have been indoors, outdoors, in stores, restaurants, in the pool, and even overseas in a ship.
I’ve been blessed to be with some of you in body and spirit at 1:11 pm. Thank you for being a prayer partner.
The other day, Earnest Cox, a spiritually gifted musician, educator, administrator and I prayed at 1:11 pm.
Sometimes, I happened to pray at incredible places such as a 111 address.
One day, I was in a hurry to find a parking space on a crowded street. I pulled into the last space. An amazing thing happened.
Friends! I “Parked and Prayed at 1:11pm.” and I was behind a 111 car! As I caught my breath, I expressed my thanks for signs of God’s presence and nudges.
Please, Pray with me.
Dear Lord, thank you! Your Gracious Loving Spirit, watches over our going out, our coming, our joys, frustrations, sorrows and victories. Bless our intentions and hear our prayers when we Park and Pray at 1:11 pm, whenever and wherever we pray. In our Savior’s name. Amen
Are you tongue tied or uncertain about what or how to pray. Try this Prayer prompt calendar. There’s a difference Prayer theme each day. Remember, Prayer is about your heart, your intentions and your desire to have a relationship with Spirit.
Prayer is about PEACE
Presence with God
Entering God’s presence
Asking, Answering and Allowing God
Calling, Connecting & Communicating God
Seek God’s Guidance so you may.
Let us pray.
God help me to
“Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.” Romans 12:12 *
In my Savior’s Name. Amen
Recently, I was inspired with hope by what I saw and experienced. I was the guest pastor at the St. Peter’s Church (Iglesia de San Pedro) in Samana, Dominican Republic, the historical church home for the descendants of enslaved and free African-Americans who left the United States on or after 1824. My sermon, based on the Gospel of Matthew chapter 5 verses 14-16 focused on this theme, “You are the light of the world!” (“Eres La Luz Del Mundo!”), a powerful message.
When I arrived early at the church before worship something caught my attention. It was before people arrived and drenched by the torrential rain. I paused at the entrance of the church. My eyes were immediately drawn to a woman dressed in white and situated on her knees, praying, as if she was begging. I saw her forehead firmly pressed against one of the steps leading to the altar. She laid before the cross as a beacon of light illuminating rays of hope, mercy, justice, compassion and more. I imagined one beam of light piercing through doors. Doors that separate children from their parents. Closed doors that separate us from discovering truth and bearing witness. Tsunamis, devastation, and other challenges. I imagined she carried a heavy load, a burdensome bushel filled with painful memories. She could not bear to stand with such a weight of injustices, a culmination of pain and insurmountable suffering. The light within her shined through her and called me and others to pause as we entered the sanctuary. She lifted her head and her knees. Her face shined like a newly minted coin. Light shined in her face and faces throughout the church beamed with expectations. The Glory of God shined affirming the presence of the Holy One, Source of Light.
Let us Pray Merciful God, Thank you that we can bring our pain, sorrow, doubts, fears, frustrations, disgrace, joys and triumphs to you. We leave our concerns on your thrown of grace. We look to you Almighty and Powerful God to empower us with wisdom and might to overcome the storms in our lives. We pray knowing that your blessed assurance gives us hope and renews our strength. Your loving kindness equips us to be your hands, heart and feet throughout this world. Shine your Light on us and in us so we may be a light in the spiritually dark places in our world. Bless us with your Light as we do the challenging work you have called us to do. We pray on bended knees, with outstretched hands, standing, sitting or simply in the stillness of our being. Loving God, hear our prayers. In our Savior’s Name. Amen.