Friday, December 16, 2011

Rewritten for Flow

In the spirit of Thomas Cranmer, master of prosody, I have rewritten the two prayers for building and growth. They now have better rhythm and flow. I print them here for your private devotionals and to become familiar with them for corporate worship:

Heavenly Father, who takes households of faith and leads them through the wild to the place they need to be: lead us through this quest to the place where you need us, for worship, service, and light. Make us into beacons and found us on Your rock: Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Almighty God, gathering branches and grafting them onto the vine of Christ, mold Good Shepherd into a strong branch, filled with the life of your Spirit. Gather the lost and broken branches of the Banks, who need your loving Word and Sacrament. Graft us all together. Grow Your church and abide in us, as we abide in You, in the Holy name of Your blessed Son, Jesus Christ. Amen.