Prayer for Saturday (Pesach)

The L-RD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer;
my G-d is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation.
He is my stronghold, my refuge and my saviour — from violent men you save me.
I call to the L-RD, who is worthy of praise, and I am saved from my enemies.
The waves of death swirled about me; the torrents of destruction overwhelmed me.
The cords of the grave coiled around me; the snares of death confronted me.
In my distress I called to the L-RD; I called out to my G-d.
From his temple he heard my voice; my cry came to his ears.

He reached down from on high and took hold of me; he drew me out of deep waters.
He rescued me from my powerful enemy, from my foes,
who were too strong for me.
They confronted me in the day of my disaster, but the L-RD was my support.
He brought me out into a spacious place; he rescued me because he delighted in me.

(II Samuel 2-7, 17-20, [NIV])

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I am open and accepting of others.”

(For more on Affirmations, go to my Affirmations Page.)

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Prayer for Sunday (Purim; Ostara; Hola Mahalla)

Typically on religious holidays I try to post something that relates to that holiday. And today there are three: Purim (Jewish), Ostara/Spring Equinox (Pagan), and Hola Mahalla (Sikh). However, yesterday I had the honor of participating with 70 to 80 other choir alumni from my Alma mater to celebrate and memorialize the life of Jeanne Wold, our former University choir director’s wife, and the voice instructor to many of us during our time at school. So today I am sharing a couple of passages from her service and a brief prayer of my own.

12 But where can wisdom be found?
Where can we learn to understand?

13 Wisdom is not to be found among mortals;
No one knows its true value.
14 The depths of the oceans and seas
Say that wisdom is not found there.
15 It cannot be bought with silver or gold.
16 The finest gold and jewels
Cannot equal its value.
17 It is worth more than gold,
Than a gold vase or finest glass.
18 The value of wisdom is more
Than coral or crystal or rubies.
19 The finest topaz and the purest gold
Cannot compare with the value of wisdom.

20 Where, then, is the source of wisdom?
Where can we learn to understand?
21 No living creature can see it,
Not even a bird in flight.
22 Even death and destruction
Admit they have heard only rumors.

23 God alone knows the way,
Knows the place where wisdom is found,
24 Because he sees the ends of the earth,
Sees everything under the sky.
25 When God gave the wind its power
And determined the size of the sea;
26 When God decided where the rain would fall,
And the path that the thunderclouds travel;
27 It was then he saw wisdom and tested its worth.
He gave it his approval.

28 God said to us,
“To be wise, you must have reverence for the Lord.
To understand, you must turn from evil.”

(Job 28:12-29 [Good News Translation])

Sing to the LORD a new song,
for he has done marvelous things;
his right hand and his holy arm
have worked salvation for him.
The LORD has made his salvation known
and revealed his righteousness to the nations.
He has remembered his love
and his faithfulness to Israel;
all the ends of the earth have seen
the salvation of our God.

Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth,
burst into jubilant song with music;
make music to the LORD with the harp,
with the harp and the sound of singing,
with trumpets and the blast of the ram’s horn—
shout for joy before the LORD, the King.

Let the sea resound, and everything in it,
the world, and all who live in it.
Let the rivers clap their hands,
let the mountains sing together for joy;
let them sing before the LORD,
for he comes to judge the earth.
He will judge the world in righteousness
and the people with equity.

(Psalm 98 [NIV 2011])

God, we give thanks for those who have touched our lives and helped to make us who we are today. We especially give thanks for teachers, professors, and spiritual leaders that have helped shape our lives. Grant that we may impact the lives of others as greatly as they have affected ours.
Amen.

Prayer for Monday

Hide your face from my sins
and blot out all my iniquity.
Create in me a pure heart, O God,
and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
Do not cast me from your presence
or take your Holy Spirit from me.
Restore to me the joy of your salvation
and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.

Then I will teach transgressors your ways,
so that sinners will turn back to you.
Deliver me from the guilt of bloodshed, O God,
you who are God my Savior,
and my tongue will sing of your righteousness.
Open my lips, Lord,
and my mouth will declare your praise.
You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it;
you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings.
My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit;
a broken and contrite heart
you, God, will not despise.

(Bible – Psalm 51:9-17 [NIV 2000])

Prayer for Saturday

O LORD, our Lord,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!
You have set your glory above the heavens.
Out of the mouth of babies and infants,
you have established strength because of your foes,
to still the enemy and the avenger.
When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars, which you have set in place,
what is man that you are mindful of him,
and the son of man that you care for him?

Yet you have made him a little lower than the angels
and crowned him with glory and honor.
You have given him dominion over the works of your hands;
you have put all things under his feet,
all sheep and oxen,
and also the beasts of the field,
the birds of the heavens, and the fish of the sea,
whatever passes along the paths of the seas.

O LORD, our Lord,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!

(Bible – Psalm 8 [ESV])

Prayer for Saturday

I give you thanks, O LORD, with my whole heart;
before the gods I sing your praise;
I bow down toward your holy temple
and give thanks to your name for your steadfast love and your faithfulness,
for you have exalted above all things your name and your word.
On the day I called, you answered me;
you made me bold in my soul with strength.

All the kings of the earth shall give you thanks, O LORD,
for they have heard the words of your mouth,
and they shall sing of the ways of the LORD,
for great is the glory of the LORD.
For though the LORD is high, he regards the lowly,
but the haughty he knows from afar.

Though I walk in the midst of trouble,
you preserve my life;
you stretch out your hand against the wrath of my enemies,
and your right hand delivers me.
The LORD will fulfill his purpose for me;
your steadfast love, O LORD, endures forever.
Do not forsake the work of your hands.

(Bible – Psalm 138 [ESV])

Saturday Prayer for Peace

Come let us go up the mountain of
the Lord, that we may walk the
paths of the Most High.

And we shall beat our swords into plowshares,
and our spears into pruning hooks.

Nation shall not lift up sword against nation–
neither shall they learn war any more.

And none shall be afraid, for the mouth of the
Lord of Hosts has spoken.

(based on Isaiah Chap 2:2-4)

A Prayer for Saturday

Modeh Ani in Hebrew

I offer thanks before you, living and eternal King, for You have mercifully restored my soul within me; Your faithfulness is great.

(Modeh Ani – Jewish morning prayer)

O God, King of the Universe, who makes the sun to shine and the rain to fall, we give you thanks for the abundance of your creation.

O God, we ask for special blessing and healing for: Herman’s family, especially his wife Betty, Tina and her baby, the men of the Rising Sun Medicine I-Group, and any others known to us…

Birkat Kohanim (Priestly Blessing) The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.

Menorah