No Judgments, Just Jesus

Wednesday Prayers

Afternoon Prayer

(A spiritual exercise by Anthony de Mello)

God says, “Give me your heart.”
And then, in answer to my puzzlement,
I hear him say.
“Your heart is where your treasure is.”

My treasures—here they are:
persons . . .
places . . .
occupations . . .
things . . .
experiences of the past . . .
the future’s hopes and dreams.

I pick each treasure up,
say something to it,
and place it in the presence of the Lord.

How shall I “give” these treasures to him?

In the measure that my heart is in past treasures
I am fossilized and dead,
for life is only in the present.
So to each of those past treasures,
those golden yesterdays, I say goodbye.
To each I speak, explaining that,
grateful though I am that it came into my life,
it must move out
—or my heart will never learn to love the present.

My heart is in the future too.
Its anxious fears of what will be tomorrow
leave little energy to fully live what is today.
I list these fears
and say to each, “Let the will of God be done,”
observing what effect this has on me.
knowing in my heart
that God can only will my good.

My heart is in my dreams, ideals, hopes,
which make me live in future fiction.
To each of these I say, “Let the will of God be done.
Let him dispose of you as he sees fit.”

Having reclaimed the portion of my heart
that was captured by the future and the past,
I now survey my present treasures.

To each beloved person
I say with tenderness, “You are so precious to me.
but you are not my life.
I have a life to live,
a destiny to meet
that is separate from you.”

I say to places . . . things . . . I am attached to,
“Precious you are, but not my life.
My life and destiny are separate from you.”

I say this to the things
that seem to constitute my very being:
my health,
my ideologies,
my good name, reputation,
and I say it even to my life,
which must succumb some day to death,
“You are desirable and precious,
but you are not my life.
My life and destiny are separate from you.”

At last I stand alone before the Lord.
To him I give my heart.
I say, “You, Lord, are my life.
You are my destiny.”

Thomas Merton’s Prayer (1915-1968)

My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going.
I do not see the road ahead of me.
I cannot know for certain where it will end.
Nor do I really know myself,
and the fact that I think that I am following your will
does not mean that I am actually doing so.
But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you.
And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing.
I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire.
And I know that if I do this,
you will lead me by the right road
though I may know nothing about it.
Therefore I will trust you always
though I may seem to be lost in the shadow of death.
I will not fear, for you are ever with me,
and you will never leave me to face my perils alone.

Noon Prayer
Welcoming Prayer
Welcome Lord, welcome into this place, welcome into this community of your children, welcome into each of our hearts. Please hear the words we speak and the thoughts we think…we open ourselves to you Jesus. Amen.
Celtic Prayer….
I weave a silence on to my lips,
I weave a silence into my mind,
I weave a silence within my heart.
I close my ears to distractions,
I close my eyes to attractions,
I close my heart to temptations.
Calm me, O Lord, as you stilled the storm.
Still me, O Lord, keep me from harm.
Let all the tumult within me cease.
Enfold me Lord in your peace.
Scripture: Galations 5:22-25
By contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against such things. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us also be guided by the Spirit.
O God, we are desperate for you. We long to be in your presence and have come here this afternoon seeking to be closer to you.
Hear us Lord as we pray seeking wisdom and guidance…
Hear us Lord as we pray seeking healing and wholeness…
Hear us Lord as we pray seeking comfort and understanding…
Hear us Lord as we pray seeking forgiveness and peace…
Hear us Lord as we pray offering thanksgiving and praise…
Hear us Lord as we pray whatever lies deep in our souls…
Holy Father, we have lifted up to you what is in our hearts, believing that you will hear both our pleas and our praise. Help us to truly trust in you as we say, thy will be done; and genuinely appreciate our bountiful blessings that you have showered upon us.
You are our Rock and Redeemer Lord and we are your people; Praise be your Holy Name. Amen.
The Blessing
May the peace of Christ be with you, may the love of God surround you, and may the Holy Spirit dwell within you. Amen.
Morning Prayer

Father, Change is hard and confusing. Our lives are full of beginnings and endings, gains and losses, blessings and curses, things that work and things that don’t. We are so accustomed to change it has become hard for us to understand that You are changeless . . .

Loving Lord, there is so much happening in my life at the moment. Changes seems to be taking place in every area of my life – friends and neighbors have moved far away, my loved ones have passed on, tensions seems to be surrounding me on every side – but my hope and trust is in You. As I step out into the future in the face of all the changes and challenges that are taking place all around me, I pray that You will continue to be with me to lead and to guide – to help and to protect – to comfort and support. Lord I cling to You for You are the Rock of my Salvation , my Defense and my Defender. Thank You Lord that in this world of flux and change You are the same yesterday, today and forever. Thank You that You are with me in all the changing scenes and situations of my life and thank You that YOU are coming back soon, to take all who trust in Your name to be with You forever. – I cling to You Lord for my hope and my future is in You alone, in Jesus name I pray, Amen.


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