A Choir of Candlelights

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

The Sower and the Planter

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.

Jesus’ Prayer for Protection

“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)

Norman Rockwell

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

God Help Us

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.”

Amen.

“World In Prayer” Adapted

http://worldinprayer.org/

Where Are You at 1:11?

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

A Prayer Calendar

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

Expecting 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

Search Me,

“Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”
Psalm 139:23-24 NIV

LET’S PARK AND PRAY AT 1:11 pm

Search me, O God – deep within,

Know me – my heart, mind and soul,

Test me – examine me,

Know me – know my anxious thoughts,

See me – see my ways,

Lead me – Your way.

Receive me – my heart, my prayer,

and the prayers of those in need.

Praying in the Savior’s name. Amen

Aretha, Beauty, Virtuous & Excellent

Dear God, thank you for blessing us with Aretha Franklin. Her gifted voice and powerful spirit continue to edify your name. Your teachings about love, respect, righteousness and more are woven in her songs. Her music represents a tapestry of life. Holy One, thank you for inspiring and equipping Aretha with a powerful voice, an instrument of love, peace, and healing. There’s no sitting still when Aretha, the Queen of Soul’s voice is heard. Her spirit filled voice propels us to rise, hold our heads high, reach beyond the sky. We remember her manner of praise in her life and song as an extravagant and awesome gift!

Thank you Almighty God for Aretha, who experienced your holy presence early and throughout her life. Her music reflected the times in which we live. Times when we shed tears and laughed with her! Aretha, the Queen of Soul, often grounded us in your Supreme Love, a Divine Love. Aretha’s life and her songs are also reflections of our joys and sorrows. Queen Aretha reminded us in her life and in her passing that still waters run deep. In the midst of troubled waters, there is hope. You are One Lord of all who is the Bridge, the Way Maker, the everlasting Savior who gives us Life, Breath, Pulse, and Passion. Aretha means Beauty; Virtuous; and Excellent! She lived her life as the Queen of Soul, who ministered to many souls. Aretha, the Queen of Heart whose music still tugs on our heartstrings. Aretha, gone but never forgotten.
Eternal God, receive her into your everlasting peace. In our Savior’s name. Amen.

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Say a Little Prayer

I Say A Little Prayer

During the 1980’s I had the esteemed privilege to care for former Prisoners Of War or POWs while employed as a Nurse Practitioner at the VA Medical Center. I admired those POWs who represented less than 10 percent of my panel of 900 veterans. During my encounters with them I saw evidence of their bravery, humility, tolerance and gratitude. I listened as they shared their war stories. I examined their battle scars and assessed their intrinsic vulnerabilities. I found in them the highest form of resilience and perseverance. As we honor Senator John McCain, a former POW, whose life, sacrifices, contributions and legacy remind me of the former POWs in my care. McCain approached his terminal illness and poor prognosis like his military battles. Love for his family, friends, country and service dictated the course of his life. Like the former POWs in my care, John McCain charged into the battlefield of life each day to fulfill a greater mission, chart a more stable course, defend our freedoms and renew our hopes. He will be missed.

Although we are still recovering from the loss of Aretha Franklin, Queen of Soul, a mighty pillar, powerful spirit and a compelling witness! I imagine her greeting John with an inspirational song of praise and prayer profound enough to rock the heavens. Imagine hearing them sing this prayer. Imagine singing it with them in spirit.

“The moment I wake up. Before I put on my makeup I say a little prayer for you.”.

Imagine singing this prayer and praying for one another.

“I Say A Little Prayer”
The moment I wake up
Before I put on my makeup
I say a little prayer for you
While combing my hair now
And wondering what dress to wear now
I say a little prayer for you

Forever and ever, you’ll stay in my heart
And I will love you
Forever and ever, we never will part
Oh, how I love you
Together, forever, that’s how it must be
To live without you
Would only mean heartbreak for me

I run for the bus, dear
While riding I think of us, dear
I say a little prayer for you
At work I just take time
And all through my coffee break time
I say a little prayer for you

Writer(s): BACHARACH BURT F, DAVID HAL