I thought I would simply share a couple of prayers that I use on a fairly regular basis today. The first is a prayer for Illumination based on Zechariah 4:6 and Acts 2:3-4. I am not sure when I first started using this as a prayer before reading Scripture in worship, but it seems to fit me quite well. This is also one of those that I am unsure if I heard it somewhere first or what, but am fairly certain I wrote it – at least in part…but I share it with you. If you know the author, please let me know, so I can give them credit.
It is not by might;
It is not by power;
and it most certainly is not by cleverness of imagination
that Your word is read and proclaimed, O God.
But it is by your Spirit.
So, may that Spirit come and rest upon each of us,
work within all of us,
to bring us the Word which is Jesus this day. Amen.
The second is a Benediction that I know I have borrowed, with permission, from Dr. William Lawrence, dean of Perkins School of Theology and current President of the United Methodist Judicial Council. Dr. Lawrence had the daunting task of teaching me both preaching and church administration when he was at The Divinity School, Duke University.
Wherever you go, may God go with you.
Whatever you need, may God provide.
Whenever you stumble, may God lift you.
And when, at the end of you days –
you lay yourself down for the last time…
May God raise you up for all time. Amen.
Still headed home….