Prayers & Inspiration

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, 

[God's] mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning.

Lamentations 3:22-23 (NRSV)

"You Are Mine"

by David Haas

sung by Walkers to Heaven

Great compassion

Read Isaiah 54:7-9 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV):


7 For a brief moment I abandoned you,

    but with great compassion I will gather you.

8 In overflowing wrath for a moment

    I hid my face from you,

but with everlasting love I will have compassion on you,

    says the LORD, your Redeemer.


9 This is like the days of Noah to me:

    Just as I swore that the waters of Noah

    would never again go over the earth,

so I have sworn that I will not be angry with you

    and will not rebuke you.


Friends,

It feels as if the world is coming at us in destructive and pathological ways. From out of the chaos, however, comes this other voice rooted in memory and shapes our future, not in hostility but in compassion. Not in abandonment but in solidarity, not in isolation but in covenant, not in estrangement but in well-being.


Prayer:

In the midst of troubled times, be with us, God of well-being. May faithful remembering lead to compassionate reimagining. Amen.


- Source: Walter Brueggeman, A Way Other Than Our Own


"Be Still My Soul"

arranged by Kendra Lowe

sung by David Archuleta

"All Shall Be Well"

prayer by Julian of Norwich

In you, Father all-mighty, we have our preservation and our bliss.

In you, Christ, we have our restoring and our saving.

You are our mother, brother, and Saviour. 

In you, our Lord the Holy Spirit, is marvellous and plenteous grace.

You are our clothing; for love you wrap us and embrace us.

You are our maker, our lover, our keeper.

Teach us to believe that by your grace

all shall be well, 

and all shall be well,

and all manner of things shall be well. Amen.


- Julian of Norwich

"I want Jesus to Walk with Me"

Spiritual, arranged by Moses Hogan

sung by Alex Boyé & the Mormon Tabernacle Choir



"Sometimes, Lord, it just seems to be too much"

prayer by Ted Loder

Sometimes, Lord,

it just seems to be too much:

too much anxiety, too much fear,

too many broken dreams and broken lives.


Sometimes the very air seems scorched

by threats of illness

until there is nothing

but to inhale pain

and exhale confusion.


O God,

make of me some nourishment

for these starved times,

some food for my brothers and sisters

who are hungry for hope

that, being bread for them,

I may also be fed

and be full.


- Adapted from a prayer by Ted Loder, from Guerrillas of Grace: Prayers for the Battle (Fortress Press)

"Morning Watch KIDS!"

March 19, 2020, video from two ELCA brothers/pastors who help kids say "Good Morning" to God each day

God's presence has not been cancelled

by David Haas

So much has been and will continue to be, for some time, cancelled: sports events, concerts, plays, worship services, rallies, travel, meetings, classes, family gatherings, and so much more. 


Love has not been cancelled. 

Mercy has not been cancelled. 

Prayer has not been cancelled. 

Attentiveness has not been cancelled. 

Goodness has not been cancelled. 

Thanksgiving has not been cancelled. 

Loving relationships have not been cancelled. 

Kindness has not been cancelled. 

Music has not been cancelled. 

Conversations have not been cancelled. 

Learning has not been cancelled. 

Poetry and storytelling has not been cancelled. 

Courage has not been cancelled. 

Meditation and contemplation have not been cancelled. 

Painting and dancing has not been cancelled. 

Families have not been cancelled. 

Community and solidarity has not been cancelled. 

Faith has not been cancelled. 

Hope has not been cancelled. 

And … God’s presence with us, has not been cancelled.


- composer and author David Haas, Director at the Emmaus Center for Music, Prayer and Ministry, Minnesota

"In Christ Alone"

by Keith Getty and Stuart Townend

performed by Celtic Worship