prayer of illumination for Advent – speak to us Lord

submitted by Rev. Andy James, First Presbyterian Church of Whitestone, New York

Speak to us, Lord.
Speak to us in the waiting, the watching,
the hoping, the longing,
the sorrow, the sighing, the rejoicing.
Speak to us by your Word in these Advent days,
and walk with us until the day of your coming. Amen.

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illumination: light

Holy God,
At times, we feel as if we’re completely in the dark.
We don’t recognize that your light is always around us,
Until we realize that it’s not that we’re standing in the dark…
It’s that our eyes are shut tight…
And our hands are placed firmly and completely over them.
So give us the courage to remove our hands from our face,
And to open our eyes…
So that we may see clearly, live fully, and serve freely…
Amen.

illumination: painting the world

submitted by Rev. Scott Cervas, Meadowthorpe Presbyterian Church

Imagining God,
Words are like brushes of paint
placed perfectly upon a canvas
slowly creating an image
that reveals both simple and profound impressions.
As we gaze at this vibrant picture…
as we look for wisdom within the lines and curves…
may we recognize the beauty of our life together
and the vivid colors you imagine us spreading throughout the world.
Amen

illumination: as if we are ready…

Submitted by Rev. Scott Cervas, Meadowthorpe Presbyterian Church

Holy God,
speak to us, as if we are ready to listen;
show us, as if we are ready to see;
and send us, as if we are ready to go and be and do.
Amen.

prayer of illumination: lift our eyes

A prayer of illumination for reading Acts 1:1-14 (Ascension/Easter 7A).
Submitted by Andy James, First Presbyterian Church of Whitestone, Queens, NY

Ever-rising God,
just as you lifted the eyes of the disciples
to the rising Jesus at his ascension,
so lift our eyes to you as we hear your holy word today,
that we too might turn our eyes toward the need of the world
and follow in your way through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Easter Prayer of Illumination

submitted by Andy James, First Presbyterian Church of Whitestone, Queens, New York

O risen Christ,
open us to the power of your resurrection
as we hear it proclaimed anew this day,
that we too might rise to new life in you.
Amen.

Illumination–seeing inside

A prayer for illumination (written while reflecting on 1 Samuel 16). Submitted by Rev. Teri Peterson, Ridgefield-Crystal Lake Presbyterian Church.

Your eyes miss nothing, O God—
you look not only at the things we can see
but also inside, where we can only imagine.
Open our eyes this day to see as you see.
Open our ears to hear as you speak.
Open our hearts to receive your wisdom,
to know your voice, your truth, your grace.
As we come together to your word,
lead us in your way.
Amen.

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