Prayers, Psalms and Readings

Prayers

Life Must Go On – A Navaho Prayer –

Grieve for me, for I would grieve for you.
Then brush away the sorrow and the tears
Life is not over, but begins anew,
With courage you must greet the coming years.
To live forever in the past is wrong;
It can only cause you misery and pain.
Dwell not on memories overlong,
With others you must share and care again.
Reach out and comfort those who comfort you;
Recall the years, but only for a while.
Nurse not your loneliness; but live again.
Forget not. Remember with a smile.
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“May the road rise up to meet you, may the wind be ever at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face and the rain fall softly on your fields.
And until we meet again, May God hold you in the hollow of his hand.”

Prayer of Faith

We trust that beyond absence there is a presence.
That beyond the pain there can be healing.
That beyond the brokenness there can be wholeness.
That beyond the anger there may be peace.
That beyond the hurting there may be forgiveness.
That beyond the silence there may be the word.
That beyond the word there may be understanding.
That through understanding there is love.

Psalms

“ Oh that I had wings like a dove, for then I would fly away and be at rest “
Psalm 55 v6

Psalm 91

V1 Whoever goes to the LORD for safety, whoever remains under the protection of the Almighty,
V2 can say to him, “You are my defender and protector. You are my God; in you I trust.”
V3 He will keep you safe from all hidden dangers and from all deadly diseases.
V4 He will cover you with his wings; you will be safe in his care; his faithfulness will protect and defend you.
V5 You need not fear any dangers at night or sudden attacks during the day
V6 or the plagues that strike in the dark or the evils that kill in daylight.
V7 A thousand may fall dead beside you, ten thousand all around you, but you will not be harmed.
V8 You will look and see how the wicked are punished.
V9 You have made the LORD your defender, the Most High your protector,
V10 and so no disaster will strike you, no violence will come near your home.
V11 God will put his angels in charge of you to protect you wherever you go. Psa
V12 They will hold you up with their hands to keep you from hurting your feet on the stones.
V13 You will trample down lions and snakes, fierce lions and poisonous snakes.
V14 God says, “I will save those who love me and will protect those who acknowledge me as LORD.
V15 When they call to me, I will answer them; when they are in trouble, I will be with them. I will rescue them and honor them.
V16 I will reward them with long life; I will save them.

Psalm 90

V1 LORD, thou hast been our refuge : from one generation to another.
V2 Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever the earth and the world were made : thou art God from everlasting, and world without end.
V3 Thou turnest man to destruction : again thou sayest, Come again, ye children of men.
V4 For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yester-day : seeing that is past as a watch in the night.
V5 As soon as thou scatterest them they are even as a sleep : and fade away suddenly like the grass.
V6 In the morning it is green, and groweth up : but in the evening it is cut down, dried up, and withered.
V7 For we consume away in thy displeasure : and are afraid at thy wrathful indignation.
V8 Thou hast set our misdeeds before thee : and our secret sins in the light of thy countenance.
V9 For when thou art angry all our days are gone : we bring our years to an end, as it were a tale that is told.
V10 The days of our age are threescore years and ten; and though men be so strong that they come to fourscore years : yet is their strength then but labour and sorrow; so soon passeth it away, and we are gone.
V11 But who regardeth the power of thy wrath : for even thereafter as a man feareth, so is thy displeasure.
V12 So teach us to number our days : that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.
V13 Turn thee again, O Lord, at the last : and be gracious unto thy servants.
V14 O satisfy us with thy mercy, and that soon : so shall we rejoice and be glad all the days of our life.
V15 Comfort us again now after the time that thou hast plagued us : and for the years wherein we have suffered adversity.
V16 Shew thy servants thy work : and their children thy glory.
V17 And the glorious majesty of the Lord our God be upon us : prosper thou the work of our hands upon us, O prosper thou our handywork.

Psalm 121

V1 I lift up my eyes to the hills; from where is my help to come?
V2 My help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth.
V3 He will not let your foot be moved and he who watches over you will not fall asleep.
V4 Behold, he who keeps watch over Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep;
V5 The Lord himself watches over you; the Lord is your shade at your right hand,
V6 So that the sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night.
V7 The Lord shall preserve you from all evil; it is he who shall keep you safe.
V8 The Lord shall watch over your going out and your coming in, from this time forth for evermore.

Readings


To Every Thing there is a Season – Ecclesiastes 3. 1-8

To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.

A Litany of Remembrance

In the rising of the sun and in its going down,
we remember them.
In the blowing of the wind and in the chill of winter,
we remember them.
In the opening of buds and in the rebirth of spring,
we remember them.
In the blueness of the sky and in the warmth of summer,
we remember them.
In the rustling of leaves and in the beauty of autumn,
we remember them.
In the beginning of the year and when it ends,
we remember them.
When we are weary and in need of strength,
we remember them.
When we are lost and sick at heart,
we remember them.
When we have joys we yearn to share,
we remember them.
So long as we live, they too shall live, for they are now a part of us,
as we remember them