A Steward’s Prayer

Holy Spirit Lutheran Church, Lancaster PA
Holy Spirit Lutheran Church, Lancaster PA

By Stephen W. Hiemstra

Father of All Creation:

We praise and honor you for you created and sustain us even when we are forgetful and negligent of our stewardship duties.

Forgive our neglect of the created world that we live in and depend on for our very lives.

We thank you for life and your Holy Spirit that sustains us and grants us every good and precious gift for existence and ministry.

We beg your patience with us.

In the power of your Holy Spirit, send us gentle reminders of our obligations to those around us and to your beautify earth. Sustain the freshness of our air and the cleanliness of our water. May our dispositions remain as temperate as your weather. Grant us shelter from the inevitable storms of life and may we extend your Gospel to all who would listen.

In Jesus’ precious name, Amen.

A Steward’s Prayer

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Invocation

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Heavenly Father,

All praise and honor be to you for you give us family with whom we can share our joys and sorrow and who give life meaning.

Forgive us when we let our families down and focus more on ourselves than those around us.

Thanks for family meals, vacations together, and all the support that our families offer.

Draw us now to yourself. In the power of the Holy Spirit, open our hearts, illumine our minds, and strengthen our hands in your service. In the precious name of Jesus. Amen

Invocation

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A Dancer’s Prayer

Nixon Inauguration, 1971
Inauguration, 1971

By Stephen W. Hiemstra

Heavenly Father,

All praise and honor are yours for you are the light of the world and the darkness has not overcome it (John 1).

Forgive us for preferring the darkness when we should share your light.

We give thanks that the future is in you and in your Holy Trinity we witness your divine dance–Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.

In the power of the Holy Spirit, teach us to be able dance partners in your eternal celebration.

In Jesus’ precious name, Amen.

A Dancer’s Prayer

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Prayer of Thanks for Family

Maryam and Stephen Wedding 1984
Wedding 1984

By Stephen W. Hiemstra

Heavenly Father,

All praise and honor be to you for you have surrounded us with family that shares our joys and sorrows and give life meaning.

Forgive us when we let each other down and focus more on ourselves than those around us.

Thank you for special days and dinners and all the time that we have together.

In the power of your Holy Spirit, open our hearts, illumine our minds, and grant us hands to help one another.

In Jesus precious name, Amen.

Prayer of Thanks for Family

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Lament over Creation

Diane's flowersBy Stephen W. Hiemstra
 
Heavenly Father,
 
I mourn over your creation
that displays your glory,
but here on earth often seems
like flowers out of focus.
 
Why is the water unfit for drinking and the air neither fresh nor clear?
Do song birds still sing or have obese house kitties carried them away?
 
I miss the pleasure of gardening and hearing kids playing in the yard.
 
Yet, you are the God
that brings the sunshine and the rain that waters the land.
The dragonflies know your name and
even the stars and moon display your light.
 
Holy Spirit,
in your gentle wisdom,
restore balance to the heavens and earth
before our provision
becomes the stuff of myths and legends
long forgotten in a distance past.
 
In Jesus precious name, Amen.

Lament over Creation

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Guidance Prayer

Stephen W. Hiemstra, First Car, 1975

By Stephen W. Hiemstra

Merciful Father,

To you be the glory loving father for you illumine our path and peer beyond ever bend protecting us from unseen black-ice and pot holes and inebriated devils that threaten our very existence.

Forgive our habit of taking your provision for granted and acting as if we are in control.

Thank you for blessings beyond measure, the things and people we take for granted, and the luxury of being your people in a prosperous land.

In the power of your Holy Spirit, grant us eyes that see, ears that hear, and an abiding faith that our foot-steps would remain secure in a volatile time and place.

In Jesus’ precious name, Amen.

Guidance Prayer

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Crisis Prayer

Ten K
Lansing, Michigan, 1983

By Stephen W. Hiemstra

Almighty Father,

Praise be to you oh Lord for you have covered me with you wings

even as my heart and mind have been weary and body fails me and

the sun’s heat bears down on me days and

cold winds whip about me through the night.

Forgive my weakness though it tears my soul and leaves me an embarrassment to my family and friends.

Thank you for your protection and comforting presence that remind of your goodness and mercy.

In the power of your Holy Spirit, grant me renewed strength,

that my joints and ligaments may bear my weight

as I strive to run the good race all the days of my life.

In Jesus’ precious name, Amen.

Crisis Prayer

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Prayer for Strength and Protection

Fence
Photo by Stephen W. Hiemstra

By Stephen W. Hiemstra

Almighty and Omniscient Father,

All glory and honor are yours for you protect me from hidden dangers and from temptations that would destroy me.

Forgive me for harboring so many weaknesses and yielding so quickly to  every snare and pit that Satan lays in my path–the hidden pride, the sin I ignore, and my impatience with life.

Thank you for your hedge of protection that guards my heart and mind, keeping me focused on you, and sparing me the pain and death of those around me.

In the power of your Holy Spirit, grant me the strength and desire to honor your healthy boundaries and to live within your will for my life. Remind me daily of my baptism and to keep my heart pure, ever prepared for communion with you and the church.

In Jesus’ precious name, Amen.

Prayer for Strength and Protection

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Prayer for Others

Steps of Lincoln Memorial
Lincoln Memorial, July 2019

By Stephen W. Hiemstra

Merciful father,

To you be all glory and honor, because you created us, provisioned, and protected us in spite of our many transgressions.

If that were not enough, from the beginning you planned for our salvation through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, our great role model and redeemer.

Forgive us  for focusing mostly on ourselves when so many of the blessings in this life are provided for us by our families, friends, and even complete strangers, who value our presence, our life, and our health through no merit of our own.

Thank you for the invisible people in our lives who grow our food, build our homes, and take care of us quietly doing jobs that we cannot do for ourselves.

Bless their lives, their families, and all that they hold dear. You alone know their names, their dreams, and they abilities. Let them never feel taken for granted. Send your Holy Spirit into their lives and bless them. In Jesus’ precious name, Amen.

Prayer for Others

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Holiness Prayer

FPCA Avian-Spirit CrossBy Stephen W. Hiemstra

Holy and Loving Father,

Holy, holy, holy art thou, righteous king of the universe who has created, guided, and protected us from the day of our birth.

Forgive us in our fallen state of caring too much for ourselves and too little of those around us, even our friends and family.

Thank you for being who you are and for sending Jesus Christ to be our holy example in life and our redeemer in his death. Have mercy on us for His name’s sake.

In the power of your Holy Spirit, walk with us and guide us each and every day, that will may grow more like Christ, now and always. In Jesus’ precious name, Amen.

Holiness Prayer

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