Our Father in Heaven
In sacred times of word, wonder, and awe,
in ordinary days of work and play:
in every moment, You, God, are with us.
Whether we are stuck in doubt’s mud,
or standing on faith’s shoreline:
in every place, You, God, are with us.
In those who teach us, and those who trouble us;
in those who surprise us, and those who forgive us;
in every person, You, God, are with us.
It is never easy for us to confess
but deep down inside, we know that
we have trouble
being grace-full to others;
we are eager to judge
and punish all who hurt us;
we find ways to put restrictions
on people we fear.
Forgive us, Father God. You show mercy more often than we deserve;
you pardon us more times than we can count.
Because we are the Lord’s – sisters and brothers of Jesus Christ, who died and lived again, so we might live beyond death with you.
Your hand of mercy, God, is stretched out to us, making a way through all that threatens us, to touch us with grace and hope.
When we look over our shoulders
at fear shadowing us today,
you go before us into tomorrow,
making a path through
the sea of yesterday’s doubts.
When our legs tremble
from the effort of standing up
for what you hope for all creation,
you are at our side,
offering your heart’s strength.
Cloud of Grace,
we offer our love to you
When we turn our hearts
into deserts of stony bitterness,
you transform them
into oases of joy.
When we come up with all sorts of rules
for those who come to us seeking to find you,
you tear up the list, stretching wide your arms
in welcoming grace.
Servant of all,
we offer our lives to you.
When we would clasp
old worries to our hearts,
you open our eyes to that hope
which paves the path ahead of us.
When we spend each day
consumed with doubts and fears,
you remind us that thisday
is the time to honour You,
by serving Your children.
Mist of Mercy,
we offer our hearts to you.
God in Community, Holy in One,
as you are all to us,
so we would offer all we are to you,
even as we pray as Jesus taught us,
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name;
your kingdom come,
your will be done on earth as in heaven
Give us today our daily bread,
forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us in the time of trial and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours
Now and forever.