The Fourth of the Big Ten: Honoring God’s Sabbath

Pastoral Prayer for September 10, 2023

Our pastoral prayer this morning is by Ted Loder.

Eternal Friend,

grant me an ease

to breathe deeply of this moment,

     this light,

          this miracle of now.

Beneath the din and fury

     of great movements

          and harsh news

               and urgent crises,

make me attentive still

     to good news,

          to small occasions,

               and the grace of what is possible

                    for me to be,

                         to do,

                              to give,

                                    to receive,

that I may miss neither my neighbor’s gift

     nor my enemy’s need.


Independent and United Church of Christ