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A Prayer in Lent

Most Merciful God:
You called us forth from the dust of the earth,
and claimed us for Christ in the waters of baptism.
Look upon us as we enter these Forty Days
bearing the mark of ashes,
and bless our journey through the desert of Lent
to the font of our rebirth.
As we prepare to shout that Christ is risen,
bring us to know that so, with Christ, are we.

(This prayer brings together several ancient lenten themes. It was written/edited into this form for St. Paul's Lenten Lunch series in 2007)

St. Paul's Collect for Mission("A collect" -- the gathering up into prayer of the hopes and prayers of a community)

Gracious God: You led and sustained our forebears in faith courage, endurance and adventure.
Be with us on our journey. Help us to nurture the gifts and companions you give us on our way, to minister and grow together in the knowledge and love of you: to worship you in spirit, in truth, in joy and in wonder;
That guided and strengthened by your presence, we may be a faithful, courageous and visible sign of your love for the world. This we ask through Jesus the Christ, our Saviour and our Example. Amen.

(from our parish mission statement, adapted into a prayer by the Vestry in 2003-4)

Please pray...
...for the victims of war, disease, disaster and oppression all over the world: for Syria, Ukraine, and Venezuela, Israel/Palestine and all the Middle East and Central and North Africa. Some ways to help are here

Daily Prayer and the Readings for Sunday
The Anglican/Episcopal Church is founded on the idea of a people praying together (i.e. "Common Prayer"). The pictures below are links to a variety of sites
This one links to the common Daily Prayer of the Episcopal (U.S.) Church, with modern edits in the form of a blogprayer1.jpg

Here's another in sparser form straight from the (U.S.) Book of Common Prayer, on a site maintained by the Sisters of St. Clare. You might enjoy looking at the English and New Zealand offerings as well...prayer hands.jpg

This is a Daily Office page for those in recovery
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Prayer Helps

Many people read Day by Day as a prayer and meditation help, and the monthly booklets are available in Church. Click below for the daily meditations online


Here's a link to the resource page ofthe Episcopal Church in MN

Explore lots of excellent and fascinating resources here

Prayer List
Anyone can add to these prayers.
Click the "edit" button above, add your prayers, and then click "save" when you're done. Don't worry if it doesn't look perfect --someone will tidy it up. Put your prayer here...
DrewTom (& Sharol)Nicky SCarolSteveAlexaMagdalynAnn

Martin Luther King, Jr.
from I Have A Dream (delivered August 28, 1963)

Let us not wallow in the valley of despair, I say to you today, my friends.
And so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.
I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal."
I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.
I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.
I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.
I have a dream today!
I have a dream that one day, down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of "interposition" and "nullification" — one day right there in Alabama little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.
I have a dream today!
I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, and every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight; "and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together."

And we pray for our children, especially those graduating from school or university, that the knowledge they have found may become wisdom and compassion

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