a short pastoral prayer

submitted by Rev. Sarah Wiles, Bethany Presbyterian Church, Tacoma, Washington

Author’s note: This prayer is especially appropriate for weeks with communion. It follows a time of sharing joys and concerns. It needs to be spoken slowly.

. . . All this and much more we bring you, O bright Morning Star.

Our gratitude and praise for this new day, for each new day,

Our joys, our hopes, our fears, our pain, we bring it all to you, because we cannot carry it alone.

We bring you our darkness and ask that you would shine anew.

We bring you our long night and ask that you would be the dawn.

We bring you prayers for which we scarce have words and trust that you will pray for us.

We pray as you taught us, saying…