Lord of all creation, you have made us as masters of your world, to tend it, to serve it, to enjoy it. Grant us grace and reverence for this position; grant us rest for ourselves, which is restoration for all you’ve made.
For six days we measure and build, we count and carry the real and imagined burdens of out task, the success we earn and the price we pay. As we might take a Sabbath rest, give us pause.
For six days, if we are weary or bruised by the world, if we think ourselves giants or cause others pain, there is never respite by which we might know what we should really be. As we might take a Sabbath rest, give us grace to receive time.
For six days we are torn between private greed and urgent need, between the foolish noises in our ears, the flickering pixels before our eyes, and the desperate prayers of soul. As we might take a Sabbath rest, give us understanding and peace.
Help us, Lord, to carry these lessons, of rest and time, of understanding and peace, into the work of our lives, which lately seems to know no bounds. Bless our labor that it might feed wellbeing, and bless what Sabbath we might embrace that it might restore us and all creation.
In Christ, who is Lord of the Sabbath and of all, we pray. Amen.
Prayer is one way we participate in a holding environment, as described here. We understand prayer as a way of holding others in mind, and remembering ourselves back to God, that we might know that we are all held in God’s mind.
Paul encourages the Church to pray without ceasing, to be a community of people who weep with those who weep and rejoice with those who rejoice. Such lived empathy is one aspect of the call of the Gospel, and we mean to respond to it.
It’s in this spirit that we open up this space for you to make your prayer requests or for you to access those already made, that you might join us in prayer: prayers of concern, prayers of joy, prayers of worship, prayers for whatever is on your heart and soul.
If you would like us to pray for you, or some person or circumstance you know, please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org, putting “Prayer request” in the subject line, and we will add your prayer to the list below.
If you would like to join us in prayer, hold the following requests in prayer at any time. And join us for “Virtual Vespers” as we pray individually, wherever we are, at some time on Thursday evenings.