The Great Prayer

Katie Lancaster standing in the Cloisters

The Reverend Dr. Katie Snipes Lancaster
Senior Associate Minister

O Shamrock God, three in one, Creator, Christ, and Holy Spirit.

Let us look to the clovers. Let the vibrant shade of green remind us of your presence in each day of growth, renewal, and change, three leaves, one stem, be a reminder of your triune love expressed in the gospel of Jesus.

From the beginning, you have been with us.

In the simplicity of life, you nourish us, you enliven us, you compose us. You hear our cry, you know our worries and wonderings, you hear our longings, you soften our hearts. We are entangled in one another, person to person, and creation to Creator. We hear your word proclaimed not just in this Sanctuary, but in the Sanctuary of sky, evening sunset and approaching storm giving equal testimony to your glory.

Therefore with all creation, we sing your praise.
Holy, holy, holy Lord,
God of power and might,
heaven and earth are full of your glory,
Hosanna in the highest.

May your incarnate word continue to speak blessing into the fragmented places.

For those at the breaking point, on the brink of collapse, running on empty, may there be more of your divine presence.

For those who mourn, for those who have sacrificed something dear, for those who surrendered what was most treasured, may your strong embrace make way.

For those who are content, for those who seek no more and no less, for those who are satisfied and at ease, may all that matters rise up to meet you, may such contentment remain.

For those who bear a truth too uncomfortable for others to hear, may you accompany them, may such prophetic spirits join with the voices of old who knew of your treasured path of justice, kindness, mercy, and humility.

For those who are sick, who are back and forth from medical facility to medical facility, for those who are healing, waiting, tending, mending, for those who have heavy burdens to carry, for those who worry about their children, in ways too deep for words, for those who mourn a loss just beyond impossible, for those who need strength to face this day, for those we love, for whom we pray whether or not we know what to ask.

For global leaders, those who can undo the roads to violence that rise up day after day, for peacemakers, for those who have yet to live into their calling to be peacemakers, for those whose hearts are hardened and who have the power to choose another way, for places where war has become ingrained, habitual, intractable.

Be our guide, O God.
Insist upon your way.
Make it so.

And as much as it is possible, let your way be lived out here at your table.

Gracious God,
Pour out your Holy Spirit upon us
And upon these gifts of bread and cup
That they may be for us the body and blood of Christ
And that we may be his body for the world.
By your spirit unite us with Christ and one another
Until we feast with him and with all your saints
In your eternal realm of justice and peace
Through Christ, with Christ, in Christ,
In the unity of the Holy Spirit
All glory and honor are yours
Almighty God
Now and forever.

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March 17, 2024

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