Almighty and Loving Father, Lord of the Sabbath, Blessed Spirit,
All praise and honor be to you for you taught us how to rest even though you yourself never grow tired of work or of us. For you know that tired people cannot love you or their neighbors.
Forgive us for forgetting your good example and caring law. Remind us gently of our oversights and failures, but keep our families and friends safe from our neglect while we tarry.
Thank you for your patience. Teach us to honor you and your law rightly. May we grow to be good examples of a balanced life to those around us.
In the power of your Holy Spirit, guard our careers and our self-esteem as we dial back on our work, our activities, and our frantic use of time to practice Sabbath. May our work obsession and stress addiction no longer rule our lives.
We praise you for making it possible to live an undivided life where our private and public lives are in sync and we can share your love with those that we meet and live with.
We confess that too often we hide ourselves in private lives, ignoring many of those that we run into everyday treating them more like furniture than like people for whom your son suffered and died.
We thank you for the freedoms that we enjoy, for supporting family, and for resources to live without fear. Oh that we would become the people that we enjoy and are thankful for more each day.
In the power of your Holy Spirit, renew our commitment to build up your church and to engage those outside it with grace and dignity. May we be the ones who bring your kingdom here on earth a little more each day.
Blessings and all homage are yours because you guide and protect us when everyone else fails and runs away. We praise you for the tailwinds that ease the strain of life and break up the recurring doldrums that suck the joy out of life.
We confess that we do not always follow your example lifting the burdens from those around us who depend on our support.
Thank you for your sustaining and empowering presence when our strength fails and demons nip at our heals.
Grant us the strength to face each and every day with joy and the confidence that you are with us. In Jesus precious name, Amen.
Blessed be your name oh God of the universe, because you display the courage to create and sustain this world. You are not afraid to be the first or the only one to love and participate in this dangerous world.
I confess that I do not often display such courage and have not followed your example in Jesus Christ.
I give thanks for your patience with me and for the many times that you have forgiven my weakness and rebellion.
In the power of your Holy Spirit, grant me the strength to follow your example and become the courageous person that you created me to be. In Jesus’s name, Amen.
All praise and honor are yours for you listen to us, guide us, and treat us equally as sons and daughters in Christ.
We confess that we do not always listen to your Holy Spirit or treat each other as brothers and sisters in the faith.
Thank you for your fatherly patience with and care for us. You are the God of second and third chances even as we are abrupt and impatient and unworthy of your devotion to us.
In the power of your Holy Spirit, grant us eyes that see and ears that listen that we might grow closer to you each passing day. Remember those that suffer among us. Save us from destructive divisions and from ethic and class pride. In Jesus’ precious name, Amen.
All praise and honor be to you because you forgive our sins and heal us of every disease and plague that afflicts our bodies, minds, and souls.
We confess to you that we do not confess our every sin, but frequently cling to sins that besets us and prove too painful to admit even to ourselves.
We thank you for the gift of your son, Jesus Christ, who suffered and died for our sins so that we don’t have to and who remains our role model in season and out.
We ask you now for healing. In the power of your Holy Spirit, turn our broken lives into lives that honor you and give us the strength to live into the model that you have provided. Give us a hope and prayer that our besetting sins would afflict us no more. In Jesus precious name, Amen.
All praise and honor be to you for you look on us as your sons and daughters with equal delight (Gen 1:27; Gal 3:28) and love our kids even more than we do (Ps 8:4).
We confess that we have trouble living into your example. We fuss and toil to get our way displaying maturity not befitting our ages.
But we thanks you for your loving example in Jesus Christ and your patience with us when we are difficult and sin with abandon.
In the power of your Holy Spirit, transform our hearts that we might love each other without discrimination or abuse. Bring heaven to earth through us, even when we are reluctant servants. In Jesus’ precious name, Amen.