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St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, Nogales, Arizona


Healing Prayers

Prayer of Discomfort and Making a Difference

May God bless you with discomfort
      At easy answers, half-truths, and superficial relationships
            So that you may live deep within your heart.

May God bless you with anger
      At injustice, oppression and exploitation of people,
            So that you may work for justice, freedom and peace.

May God bless you with tears
      To shed for those who suffer pain, rejection, starvation and war
            So that you may reach out your hand to comfort them, and to  
                    turn their pain into joy.

And may God bless you with enough foolishness
      To believe that you can make a difference in the world, so that you  
            can do what others claim cannot be done. Amen.

A Benedictine Prayer quoted by Andrew Kerr at the Wyoming Diocesan Convention


Come Holy Spirit, be present in our hearts.
Fill us with inspiration and guidance.
When we are faint of heart, give us courage.
When we are unsure, give us direction.
When we are weak, fill us with your strength
That we might fulfill your vision
rather than our own.
We pray for our church family
to be the voice of love and tolerance
to this community and our larger world.

from a prayer for St. John's Church, Jackson's Hole, WY


In darkness and in light, in trouble and in joy,
Help us Heavenly Father to trust your love,
to serve your purpose,
And to Praise your name;
Through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

 from the New Zealand Prayer Book


Disturb us, Lord,
when we are too well pleased with ourselves;
when our dreams have come true because we dreamed too little;
When we arrive safely because we sailed too close to the shore.

Disturb us, Lord, to dare more boldly -
to venture on wider seas where storms will show your mastery;
where losing sight of land, we shall find the stars.

 Sir Francis Drake, the first person to circumnavigate the globe

This is another day, O Lord.  I know not what it will bring forth,
but make me ready, Lord, for whatever it may be. 
If I am to stand up, help me to stand bravely. 
If I am to sit still, help me to sit quietly. 
If I am to lie low, help me to do it patiently. 
And if I am to do nothing, let me do it gallantly. 
Make these words more than words,
and give me the Spirit of Jesus.  Amen.

"In the morning," Book of Common Prayer, p. 461