We pray together in the strength and comfort of community;
we pray together for the fulfillment of grace and mercy.

With Habakkuk, we pray with those who are keeping watch:

counting breaths of waning life,
providing comfort to grief,
guarding rivers and sacred ground,
standing up for the protection of Black lives.

With Elijah, we pray with those who are measuring enough:

living paycheck to paycheck,
flitting after attention upon attention,
resigning to or rejoicing in each season,
cultivating satisfaction into peace.

With Zacchaeus, we pray with those who are seeking change:

celebrating reform,
imagining possibilities,
praying for a next step,
hoping for a new tomorrow.

With Timothy, we pray with those who are giving thanks:

appreciating friends and families and strangers,
kicking through autumn leaves or admiring spring blooms,
boasting in sorrows that have turned to joys,
glorifying your holy name most of all.

We pray with our brothers of scripture. We pray with our sisters worldwide.
We pray with the witness and courage of the great cloud of saints.
We pray together in the strength and comfort of community,
for the fulfillment of your grace and mercy. Amen.

a prayer on the Narrative and Revised Common Lectionaries


Rachel G. Hackenberg is a United Church of Christ minister, soccer mom, blogger, and author. Her book Sacred Pause plays with words to refresh our relationship with The Word.


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