By The Reverend Dr. Katie Snipes Lancaster

Morning awakens us with hope: rest, renewal, sunrise—we are ready for the gift of a new day. Morning also holds the burden of the unknown: what might happen as the day unfolds? I love how this prayer stands between hope and mystery, acknowledging what might be hard and offering up praise for what is beautiful.

Let us pray:

Gracious God, accept our morning prayers of praise:
For this dawn’s rosy-fingered light,
For this day’s blue-green planet spin,
For this dance circling back from night,
And the awe-filled miracle of grace,
This rising of the sun.

Accept our morning prayer of petition for light to shine:
On this day’s hidden wound,
On this day’s tight-shouldered stress,
On this day’s anguish and despair,
On all your many children
Living under the sun. Amen.
—Joan Jordan Grant

Worship at Kenilworth Union Church
Tuesdays at 12:15 p.m. Mid-Day Prayer, Live in the Sanctuary or Livestream
Sundays at 8:30 a.m. Outdoor Worship, Meet in the Garden
Sundays at 10 a.m. Summer Worship, Livestream
All are welcome, visit