Prayer of Good Courage

Lord God,
you have called your servants
to ventures of which
we cannot see the ending,
by paths as yet untrodden,
through perils unknown.
Give us faith to go out
with good courage,
not knowing where we go,
but only that your hand
is leading us
and your love
supporting us,
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Source: Eric Milner-White, Daily Prayer, p. 14. Originally published: Oxford University Press, 1941.

Original in traditional English:

The call of Abraham

O Lord God, who hast called thy servants to ventures of which we cannot see the ending, by paths as yet untrodden, through perils unknown: Give us faith to go out with a good courage, not knowing whither we go, but only that thy hand is leading us, and thy love supporting us; to the glory of thy Name.

Praying with the Readings, Three Year Lectionary, Year C

For users of Christian Worship: Hymnal (2021)

  • Prayers of the Church based on the readings in the Three-Year Lectionary in Christian Worship: Hymnal (2021).
  • Prayers follow the themes and borrow language from the readings appointed for each Sunday.
  • Prayers often include petitions that reflect on minor festivals of the corresponding weeks when possible. For example, the prayer for Proper 8 (June 26-July 2) includes a petition that reflects on St. Peter and St. Paul (June 29):
    • “Strengthen, guide and protect those who spread your gospel, especially those who serve in faraway lands. Support them in all trials they suffer for the sake of the gospel, and let your kingdom spread to many.”
  • Prayers often include petitions that reflect on national holidays and observances (Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Memorial Day, Veterans Day, Independence Day, etc.).
  • Prayers have a flexible format with repeated responses drawn from the readings and psalms of the day. These can be replaced with traditional responses (Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.) if desired.
  • Each prayer ends with a classic collect chosen from the prayers of the early church or the Reformation era.
  • Download zip package includes files of the entire body of prayers in Word (docx), Rich Text (RTF) and Portable Document (PDF) formats, plus individual files of every single prayer in RTF format for easy access and insertion into a document, without having to scroll through a larger document file.

Question: Can these prayers be used with the Christian Worship (1993) lectionary?
Answer: Yes. A conversion chart for Sundays after Pentecost / End Time is included.

Readings for the Assembly: Cycle B (Mark (Preaching the Revised Common Lectionary)

Question: Can these prayers be used with the Revised Common Lectionary or lectionaries based on the RCL (Lutheran Service Book)?
Answer: Yes. Even though some of the Christian Worship (2021) readings may not be the same as Revised Common Lectionary, the Gospels will be the same most of the time, and so the Sunday themes will often match, too.

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Question: Is this included in Christian Worship: Service Builder?
Answer: No. This is an independently developed resource. Content from this resource’s RTFs or Word (docx) files can be cut and pasted into the Service Builder-generated service folder file, or, individual RTFs of each Sunday’s prayers may be uploaded into Service Builder’s Central Repository of your church’s custom content.

Question: Will the Service Builder include anything like this?
Answer: Seasonal prayers from Christian Worship: Altar Book may be available through Service Builder, but individual prayers for every single Sunday will not. Click this link to see the table of contents of Christian Worship: Altar Book.

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For users of the Revised Common Lectionary, and other lectionaries based on it (Lutheran Service Book).

Readings for the Assembly: Cycle B (Mark (Preaching the Revised Common Lectionary)
  • Prayers of the Church/Prayers of the People based on the readings in the Revised Common Lectionary.
  • Prayers follow the themes and borrow language from the readings appointed for each Sunday.
  • Prayers have a flexible format with repeated responses drawn from the readings and psalms of the day. These can be replaced with traditional responses (Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.) if desired.
  • Each prayer ends with a newly composed collect also reflecting on the themes in the readings.
  • Download zip package includes files of the entire body of prayers in Word (docx), Rich Text (RTF) and Portable Document (PDF) formats, plus individual files of every single prayer in RTF format for easy access and insertion into a document, without having to scroll through a larger document file.

Question: Can these prayers be used with the Christian Worship (1993) lectionary?
Answer: Yes. A conversion chart for Sundays after Pentecost / End Time is included.
Also: The choices for readings in Christian Worship (1993) are closer to the Revised Common Lectionary than they are to Christian Worship (2021).

Question: Can these prayers be used with the Christian Worship (2021) lectionary?
Answer: Yes. Even though some of the Revised Common Lectionary readings may not be the same as Christian Worship (2021), the Gospels will be the same most of the time, and so the Sunday themes will often match, too.
Also: This set is separately written and different from the set written specifically for Christian Worship (2021). The prayers in this set are more free in content, and there are no secular holiday or minor festival references.

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See also…

Praying with the Readings, Historic Lectionary

“Now and Forever…” Contemporary Collects for Modern Lectionaries

October is Clergy Appreciation Month

October is clergy appreciation month!

Enhance your pastor’s personal prayer life, and possibly help in your pastor’s worship planning by giving these resources as gifts:

Christian Prayer

MockupThis book strives to bring together the best classic prayers and rites from many sources and arranges them for personal devotion. Most of the prayers are gathered from Christians of the past as a source of prayer for Christians today. Thus, the title Christian Prayer.

This prayer book can also be used for group or congregational worship. The topical prayers can be used as intercessions in corporate worship. The confessions and absolutions and the litanies can be read alone, but they are printed so they can be used with a leader and group.

The topical prayers drew from many sources, all updated in language and edited for consistency.

Seasonal Devotions and Home Liturgies are short rites can be used by families or small groups to observe days and seasons that may not always be celebrated in corporate worship, and some that may establish new traditions in the home. Lighting of an Advent Wreath, Blessing of a Nativity Scene, Chalking the Door for Epiphany, Ash Wednesday, Days of Holy Week, Easter Eve and All Saints Day. As this book is being prepared, (April and May of 2020) we are being made painfully aware of the need for worship materials in the home.

Available now in paperback and for Kindle through Amazon.com. 

“Through Your Mercy, O Our God…” Prayers from the Mozarabic Church

This book is a collection of prayers from the Mozarabic tradition. The Mozarabs were Christians who lived in Spain under Islamic rule. The prayers in the Mozarabic Rite are free in style and substantial in meaning. Most of the prayers also seem to be very direct in presenting gospel content. They are also very consciously biblical. Some of the Mozarabic prayers also have a definite structure. Sometimes the structure is similar to the parallelism in Hebrew psalms. Some prayers remind me of a modern bullet list. The content, structure and biblical foundation of the prayers give them a special beauty, along with deep meaning.

Available through Amazon for Kindle and in paperback.

“God Be in My Head…” Prayers from Old Sarum

“God Be in My Head…” Prayers from Old Sarum – The Sarum Rite, also called the Use of Salisbury, was a variation of the Roman Rite developed in the 1100s that was known to be high in ceremony. It also had a wealth of richly worded prayers that have influenced Christian worship ever since. Many prayers from the Sarum Rite were used in the Book of Common Prayer. This book gathers prayers from the original Sarum Missals, Breviaries and Psalters and presents them in a single collection in contemporary liturgical English, and may be useful in public or private devotions. Click here to order through Amazon.com.

The New Ancient Collects

The New Ancient Collects – For over 150 years, Bright’s Ancient Collects has been a standard resource for classic Christian prayers. The New Ancient Collects is a complete revision and refreshing of all the prayers in Bright’s Ancient Collects with updated language. Click here to order through Amazon.com.

Prayers from the Ancient Celtic Church

Prayers from the Ancient Celtic Church –  A collection of prayers from the time of Patrick (d. ca. 460-493) to the Synod of Whitby (664), and also from the Celtic Christian tradition that remained after Whitby. A few of the prayers in this book may be familiar from their appearance in other prayer books. Some may be appearing in English for the first time. All prayers (with one exception) are rendered or revised into contemporary English with the hopes that they will be useful in private and corporate worship. Includes prayers from The Antiphonary of Bangor, The Lorrha-Stowe Missal, The Book of Cerne, The Book of Dimma, St. Patrick, St. Columba and many other sources. Click here to order through Amazon.com.

Prayers from the Evangelical-Lutheran Heritage

Prayers from the Evangelical-Lutheran Heritage by [Stratman, Paul]Prayers from the Evangelical-Lutheran Heritage –A collection of prayers from the history of the Evangelical-Lutheran Church from Luther to Loehe. The collection includes prayers by Johannes Bugenhagen, Georg C. Dieffenbach, Veit Dietrich, Matthias Flacius, Wilhelm Loehe, Martin Luther, Philip Melanchthon, Joachim Mynsinger, Johann G. Olearius, Johann Jacob Rambach, and the early agendas and prayer books of the Austrian, Brunswick, Hamburg, Lueneberg, Norwegian, Nuremberg, Pomeranian, Riga, Russian, Saxon, Schleswig-Holstein, and Swedish Evangelical-Lutheran churches. Click here to order through Amazon.com.

Also available for scholars of Celtic Christianity:

The Antiphonary of Bangor and the Divine Offices of Bangor

October Is Reformation History Month

Prayers from the Evangelical-Lutheran Heritage by [Stratman, Paul]Prayers from the Evangelical-Lutheran Heritage – A collection of prayers from the history of the Evangelical-Lutheran Church from Luther to Loehe. The collection includes prayers by Johannes Bugenhagen, Georg C. Dieffenbach, Veit Dietrich, Matthias Flacius, Wilhelm Loehe, Martin Luther, Philip Melanchthon, Joachim Mynsinger, Johann G. Olearius, Johann Jacob Rambach, and the early agendas and prayer books of the Austrian, Brunswick, Hamburg, Lueneberg, Norwegian, Nuremberg, Pomeranian, Riga, Russian, Saxon, Schleswig-Holstein, and Swedish Evangelical-Lutheran churches. Click here to order through Amazon.com.

To preview, download this free pdf of a sampling of the Christmas prayers:

Prayers from the Ev. Lutheran Heritage – Christmas Sampler

Praying with the Readings: Historic Lectionary

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  • Prayers of the church for every Sunday of the church year
  • Flexible responsive prayer format with scriptural responses and options for traditional litany responses
  • Prayers for higher festivals are written in a traditional litany format
  • Downloadable as a single package
  • Seasonal litanies are available for separate purchase
  • Directions for use with the Christian Worship 1993 One-Year Lectionary are given in the notes
  • Each zip package contains files in Word (docx), PDF and Rich Text Format (rtf)

Praying with the Readings: Historic Lectionary ~ Complete Download Package

  • Zip package contains files in Word (docx), PDF and Rich Text Format (rtf)
  • Individual files for each Sunday’s prayer in rtf format is provided in a separate folder for convenience.

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Prayers of the Church-Historic: Seasonal and Festival Litanies Only

Module contains seasonal and festival litanies from the other modules including litanies for…

  • Advent
  • Christmas (2)
  • Epiphany
  • Transfiguration
  • Ash Wednesday
  • Palm Sunday
  • Passion Sunday
  • Easter (3)
  • Ascension
  • Pentecost
  • Holy Trinity
  • Last Sunday of the Church Year

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Praying with the Readings: Revised Common Lectionary, Year C

  • Prayers of the church for every Sunday of the church year
  • Based on the Revised Common Lectionary
  • Compatible with many three-year lectionaries.
  • Flexible responsive prayer format with scriptural responses and options for traditional litany responses
  • A similar product, written specifically for users of the lectionary for Christian Worship: Hymnal (2021) is also in development. Download a free, usable preview of Year B here.

Praying with the Readings: Revised Common Lectionary, Year C ~ Download Package

  • Zip file contains files in Word (docx), Portable Document Format (pdf), and Rich Text Format (rtf)
  • Individual files for each Sunday’s prayer in rtf format is provided in a separate folder for convenience.

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Now and Forever, Now Available as Digital Download

Now and Forever: New Collects for Modern Lectionaries

Now and Forever is a prayer resource based on the Revised Common Lectionary and is adaptable to lectionaries in Lutheran Service Book, Evangelical Lutheran Worship, Christian Worship: A Lutheran Hymnal (1993) and Christian Worship: Hymnal (2021). Also usable with many other three-year lectionaries.

The prayers, all newly composed, are written in classic collect form and find their themes in the readings for each Sunday in the lectionary. This book gives additional options for the Prayer of the Day/Opening Prayer. These prayers may also be used for concluding petitions in the Prayer of the Church (Prayers of Intercession or Prayers of the People) or may be used as closing prayers that fit thematically with the readings of the day. Pastors, lectors and worship planners may find this to be a valuable resource for prayers in the worship service.

Files are included with the prayers rearranged for use with the readings of the Historic Lectionary.

This resource is also available in book form through Amazon.com.

Download package contains prayers for every Sunday and Festival in the Revised Common Lectionary in Word (docx), PDF and Rich Text Format (rtf). There are two sets of files. One set has the prayers in sense-line (poetic) format and the other set has the prayers in paragraph format. See below for an example of one of the prayers in both sense-line and paragraph formats.

Ash Wednesday

A

(Sense-line format)

God of unfailing love,
have mercy on us.
Work godly sorrow in our hearts.
See what is unseen in us
and forgive us.
Renew and refresh us
by your Holy Spirit;
through your Son,
Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever. [47]

(Paragraph format)

God of unfailing love, have mercy on us. Work godly sorrow in our hearts. See what is unseen in us and forgive us. Renew and refresh us by your Holy Spirit; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. [47]

To preview more, see Now and Forever: Easter Sampler

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Thanksgiving for Healing

Lord Jesus Christ, you are the great physician of body and soul.
We give you thanks and praise for your gifts of healing for __________.
Help him/her continue on the path of healing,
that he/she may rejoice in you,
continue in a life of love and service,
and let his/her light shine to bring glory to you;
you live and reign, now and forever.

Source: Paul C. Stratman, September 5, 2021

Guide Our Leaders, Comfort the Anxious, Lead People in Safety

Lord of the nations,
you remind us
that despite all our earthly might,
weapons and armies,
we are not in control of all things.
Guide the leaders of our nation
to make wise decisions,
for the good of our citizens
and others who are in danger.
Comfort those who are anxious,
and those who mourn.
Lead many out in safety.
Give your people inner peace
as the peace the world gives
is dashed to pieces.
Remind us of your everlasting kingdom,
when all wars and strife will be no more,
and your people will enjoy your perfect peace,
and you will wipe all tears from our eyes;
through your Son, our peace,
Jesus Christ our Lord.

Source: Paul C. Stratman, reflecting on the strife in Afghanistan, August 27, 2021.

Deliver Us from Every Evil

Deliver us, Lord, from every evil,
and grant us peace in our day.
In your mercy keep us free from sin
and protect us from all anxiety
as we wait in joyful hope
for the coming of our Savior,
Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Source: Roman Rite

This prayer is called the “embolism,” a word for a short prayer inserted into another prayer. According to the 1913 Catholic Encyclopedia, “[t]he embolism may date back to the first centuries, since, under various forms, it is found in all the Occidental and in a great many Oriental, particularly Syrian, Liturgies.”

Original in Latin:

Libera nos, quæsumus, Domine, ab omnibus malis, da propitius pacem in diebus nostris, ut, ope misericordiæ tuæ adiuti, et a peccato simus semper liberi, et ab omni perturbatione securi: expectantes beatam spem et adventum Salvatoris nostri Iesu Christi.

This short prayer is often inserted into the Lord’s Prayer in this manner:

Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name,
thy kingdom come,
thy will be done
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;
and forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those
who trespass against us;
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.

Deliver us, Lord, from every evil,
and grant us peace in our day.
In your mercy keep us free from sin
and protect us from all anxiety
as we wait in joyful hope
for the coming of our Savior,
Jesus Christ our Lord.

For thine is the kingdom
and the power and the glory
forever and ever. Amen.