Dear God, loving father, and comforting mother, we come to say thank you God, for this amazing day, thank you God for work and play, thank you God for the sun and birds, we thank you for trees and for water, we thank you for all things. Lord we bring both those things, that we are rejoicing over, and those things that hover over our hearts in sadness.
How wonderful is it Lord, that you care about every aspect of our life, and you long to bring joy and happiness to our hearts, and bring peace and comfort to our minds. May we always turn to you in all things, that we may sit at your feet and receive the wisdom of your guidance, the strength of your love, and the joy of your presence.
Lord we pray for what may be going on in our own personal lives. Those moments good and bad, those moments that bring joy and those that bring discomfort, we pray for your presence. We pray for our families and friends. For our schoolteachers and instructors. Help us to end this school year with strength and endurance. Help us to get through tests and finals so that we can enjoy the coming grace of summer. Continue to provide us your guidance that we may be teachers and learners together.
As we come to the end of the program year, we recall how you have been present in our midst: in the memory work and in the cookies; in the chapel songs and the youth group; in making the model village and in the wondering; in the getting ready and the checking-in; in the prayers and the benediction.
May your grace and mercy be known to each parent and child, each teacher and nursery worker, each grandparent and youth leader, each friend and encourager. We pray for our community, that we would love each other with a holy love, that puts the cares of our neighbors before ourselves, and seeks to do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with you.
For our world that is crying out for relief, Lord, make us instruments of your peace. Help us to be a beacon of hope and love in what can sometimes be a cold and scary world. Help us to share your light with those who may need a bit of help, and when we are empty, help us to turn to you, the fount of joy, love, peace, and all things good.
For in your presence is the fullness of joy, with a peace that surpasses all understanding, and a love that gives up one’s life for a brother. In enacting this love, we pray the prayer that Jesus modeled for us by saying: Our Father…Amen.
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