celtic preayers

Prayers on a Theme of Faith

 

By faith
I gaze up to the heavens
and know
within its vastness
that this is your creation
planned and effected within eternity

By faith
I pluck an ear of corn
and know
within its symmetry
lies the chemistry of life
the potential of creation within my hand

By faith
I listen for your voice
and know
the whisper that I hear
breathed a world into existence
yet listens to the prayer within my soul

By faith
I strive to do your will
and know
the door that I approach
may lead me to shadows
where my roll is to become your light

By faith
I cling to your word
and know
the strength that I receive
has it’s source within the love
that is at the centre of all things

 



Your love,
flowing within us,
living water
purifying
in that cleansing flow;
and our worship,
in sweet harmony
echoing
through the air as birdsong
at the dawning of this day.
Stream meets stream
and river flows,
emptying into Ocean's store.


Your grace,
offering to us
forgiveness,
liberty
from all that binds us;
and our prayers,
joining together,
rising
as a fragrant offering
to the heart of the divine.
Stream meets stream
and river flows,
emptying into Ocean's store.


Your call,
whispering to us,
offering
encouragement
on our journeying;
and our service,
the only response
we can give,
a willing sacrifice
to the Godhead, Three in One.
Stream meets stream
and river flows,
emptying into Ocean's store.

 


 

You call us to service
to be your eyes and ears
hands and voice in this your world

To open our eyes not only
to the beauty and love which you create
but the injustice
hate and suffering that mankind generates

To open our ears not only
to the chattering of this coming week
but the searching
fears and questioning of all whom we shall meet

To open our hands not only
to those we choose our lives to share
but in welcome
love and fellowship to all who you draw near

To open our mouths not only
to speak platitudes and simple words
But the truths you lay
upon our hearts Your Word for this your world

You call us to service
to be your eyes and ears
hands and voice in this your world


 

 

loving God
your love be the centre
and the focus
of our lives

healing God
heal the hurts and wounds
the scars that form
within and without

forgiving God
may we know forgiveness
and being forgiven
know release

liberating God
liberate our hearts and minds
our faith and
our theology

restoring god
restore the damaged
rebuild the broken
make us whole

 

 


 

Abba Father, you know me well
Made in your image
A part of your will
You’ve seen my thoughts
Know my words
You’ve laid your hand upon me, Lord

If I lay down in the dark of the night
Closing my eyes
to shut out your light
In my darkness
you’re there beside
A loving Father, a hand to guide

If I rise up on the wings of a bird
Soar to the heavens
The depths of the earth
Mountain or sea
High or low
There’s nowhere to hide, nowhere to go

There’s no hiding place
from the presence of your Spirit
No hiding place
From the searching of my heart
No hiding place
From the hand that’s there to guide me
For wherever I am
be it near or far
Wherever I am
is the place where you are

 


 

Jesus
I am not a poet
or musician
but
I have written
a song of praise
in my heart
And in the quietness
of this moment
I shall share it with you
in the certain knowledge
that any imperfections
will be made perfect
in the simple act
of opening my heart
and singing

 


 

God of Grace
In whom I put my trust
Be my rescuer when sins ensnare
The liberator of my soul
The still small voice that says
‘Be free’

God of Love
In whom I put my trust
Be my joy and comfort at all times
The source of all my thoughts and words
The still small voice that says
‘Rejoice!’

God of Peace
In whom I put my trust
Be my tranquillity in times of turmoil
The steadying hand in raging seas
The still small voice that says
‘Be calm’

God of Power
In whom I put my trust
Be my confidence when faith is challenged
The sword and armour that protects
The still small voice that says
‘Be strong!’


 

I arise today
embraced in the arms
of God the Father
empowered by the strength
of God the Spirit
immersed in the love
of God the Son
I arise today
in the company
of the Trinity
Father, Spirit and Son
I arise today


 

By faith I know
you are there with me
in my sleeping and in my waking
By faith I know
you will protect me
in my going out and my returning


 

Into the daily cycle of our lives
when all seems well
with us and with the world
when our yoke is easy
and the burden light
You break in
and scatter our complacency
Into the daily cycle of our lives
when we are comfortable
and at our ease
when the fire is lit
but eyes are closed
You break in
and challenge our dependency
You break into
our daily prayers
humble hearts
lay souls bare
You break in
You break in
You break in
when defences are down
with an Angel’s shout
or the quietest sound
You break in
You break in
And we change
and all things change
when you break in


 

It is a wonderful truth
that you have already walked
the path that we now follow
known hardship, temptation and suffering
And with that knowledge deep in our hearts
we can follow you in confidence
and when difficulties arise
listen for your footfall

 


 

 

When our faith is weak
grant us wisdom
When our body is weak
grant us strength
When our journey is long
grant us perseverance.

 



on
top of
a mountain
it seems easier to
reach out and touch you.
when we descend to the valley
and the clamour of our ordinary lives
remind us that you are no further away than
when glimpsed in a moment of sublime isolation.

 


 

As I adventure with you today
be the compass that guides me
the light that shines on my path
the only one I follow.

As I adventure with you today
be the word that encourages
the hand that reaches out
each time I stumble

As I adventure with you today
let me glimpse our destination
and appreciate the places
through which you lead me

As I adventure with you today
be the strength I need to follow
and as the day draws to a close
let me rest in your embrace.

 


 


When the journey is hard
strength is failing
we lose the path
stumble
or fall,
you raise us up
refresh
encourage
give hope.
You enable us
to continue on our way,
climb mountains
or simply follow
day by day.