Jesus answered that request from his disciples with the Lord’s Prayer.  There are many kinds of prayer: prayers of thanks and praise, prayers of petition, and prayers to center the prayer.  There is also the prayer of yoga, and walking, and of course the prayer that wells up in all our hearts as we watch a particularly beautiful day play itself out.  All prayers and all types of prayers are important.  john


To add a name to our prayer list


Prayers of Petition

For those facing illness or end of life issues;

For those confined to their homes;

For those suffering from depression;

For those fearing the holidays

For those who are incarcerated;

For those grieving the loss of a family member or loved one

For those serving far from their homes

For those who are working far from their homes


For those in harm’s way

Sometimes we forget that we as a nation are involved in conflict around the world.  In the months and years ahead many more young men and women will serve their country in dangerous situation around the world, and it is right that we remember them in our prayers. 

The prayer that I am posting below, The Peace Prayer of Francis of Assisi, has an interesting history which you can read about by clicking here.  The prayer appeared in print and took root just before and during the First World War.  It gained great popularity in this country during World War II.  Hundreds of thousands of copies were printed and circulated to GIs around the world.  If your father or grandfather saved their GI Bibles, I bet you can find a folded and stowed copy in there.

The prayer is brilliant.  The reason for it's great popularity are many.  Sitting here in the middle of this time of conflict, it reminds me that while strength can make us safe from predators; real peace with God and one another comes through our own virtue: the courage we demonstrate in the face of adversity and the selfless love and devotion we employ to work through it together.

The Peace Prayer of Saint Francis

Lord, make me an instrument of Thy peace;

where there is hatred, let me sow love;

where there is injury, pardon;

where there is doubt, faith;

where there is despair, hope;

where there is darkness, light;

and where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master,

grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;

to be understood, as to understand;

to be loved, as to love;

for it is in giving that we receive,

it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,

and it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life.



The Peace Prayer of St Francis


Friends, live at peace, rebuke the idle, encourage the faint hearted, support the weak, and be patient with all.

See to it that no one returns wrong for wrong, always seek what is best for one and for all.

Be joyful, pray continually, give thanks whatever happens for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus.

Paul of Tarsus

Epistle to Thessalonians

(5:12 passim)