The Lord’s Prayer in a Pandemic

Creator and creative God.

God, who has said to call him Father.

Our Father God who is everywhere at all times; our Parent who is with everyone at all times,

Father who is in our homes, the homes of our loved ones, the homes of strangers, and with those who are homeless,

Father who rides in ambulances and who moves about everywhere in emergency rooms and hospital corridors and ICU units. And morgues.

Our Father, who has many names

Each name is holy. Creator, Healer, Counselor, Comforter, the One Who Sees, the One Who Supplies, the Word in the Flesh, Love.

Our Father whose presence is everywhere, who cannot be kept out,

Whose kingdom permeates every corner of the world, including the homes and offices of our political leaders, and our spiritual leaders,

Whose kingdom is a witness to your mercy and justice, your compassion and wisdom.

Father, you opened wide your kingdom to include us,

Through your Spirit, through angels working on your behalf, through the people of your kingdom, may what You desire be lived today,

Through your Spirit, angels, and people, may your will be done here as it is in heaven,

Mercy, justice, compassion,

Tears wiped away,

Knowledge to guide decisions that must be made today,

Wisdom to make decisions that offer abundant life,

Abundant life for family, friend, stranger,

Abundant life for neighbors who are unable to work, for our side yard neighbors and our neighbors in far places of our world,

Abundant life for the weakest among us, for the most sick, the most lonely.

Abundant life according to your understanding, not ours.

On earth as it is in heaven.

Father, we ask for what we need today,

You created a world rich in resources,

May we use only what we need for today,

Bread, tortillas, naan, crust, pita, manna, matzoh,

Gloves, masks, protective gowns, sanitizer,

Today You give enough love, compassion, mercy, justice, bread, medical supplies.

We ask for bread and we ask for forgiveness,

Forgive us for not loving our neighbors as ourselves.

We ask for the ability to forgive those who offend us, those who hoard, those who defy the need for social distancing.

Father, we ask for hearts that recognize when we are being tempted to not love our neighbors as ourselves.

Today,

Your Kingdom, your ways, your words,

Your power, your authority, your guidance, your boldness,

Your glory, your presence,

Now and forever.

Amen

 

Prayer for Palm Sunday

“Look, your King is coming to you,

Humble and mounted on a donkey.”

You are God the Creator,

God the Father,

Today you are God the King,

God riding a donkey.

God the deliverer.

 

We call today Palm Sunday,

A day to remind us that our King is both great and humble.

A day to remember that we cannot put God in a box.

Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord.

And the people grabbed palm branches and worshiped.

 

We call this week Holy Week.

This week Christians journey with Jesus

His last preaching,

His last actions,

His last supper,

His last steps,

His last words.

 

Our Jewish neighbors call this week the beginning of Passover.

“This day shall be a day of remembrance for you,

You shall celebrate it as a festival to the Lord;

Throughout your generations you shall observe it.”

And the people made their preparations to leave Egypt and they bowed down and worshiped.

 

God on a donkey,

God the deliverer,

We pray for hearts to worship you in the midst of chaos,

Their chaos was Roman occupation and brutality,

Their chaos was enslavement,

Our chaos is an invisible virus.

As our faithful ancestors remind us to worship in the chaos.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.

Amen