For Those Who Have Forgotten You

O God,
no one can escape your Spirit,
and none may flee from your presence.
We pray for those who have forgotten you
and have wandered  in disobedience to your will
and neglected your holy Word and Sacraments.
May your Holy Spirit continue to strive with them,
may your exceeding great love still plead with them,
to bring them home to yourself again,
that they may rejoice in your salvation
and glorify your blessed name.
Amen.

Source: Freely modified from A Book of Prayers: Together with Psalms and Hymns and Spiritual Songs, Ancient and Modern, Morehouse Publishing Company, 1921, p. 54

Original has: “and neglected your holy Church and Sacraments.”

Prayer Reflecting on the Terror Attack in Nice, France

O God,
gracious God,
when you first spoke to Noah before the great flood,
you said, “This earth is full of violence
because of the people” (Genesis 6:13).
We know that the violence we see now,
you have seen, too.
Lord, have mercy.

You holy Word also says
you are slow in bringing judgment
because you are patient
and do not want any to perish
but all to come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9).
Christ, have mercy.

Soften the hearts
of those who would cause terror
and lead them to you, and to repentance and peace.
Open the eyes and ears
of those who have forgotten about you,
that they may call on you and be saved.
Lord, have mercy.

Move our hearts to mercy,
comfort the victims,
heal the wounded,
bring evildoers to justice,
soften our hearts,
open our eyes;
through Christ our Lord.
Amen.

© 2016 Paul C. Stratman

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O God, gracious God, when you first spoke to Noah before the great flood, you said, “This earth is full of violence because of the people” (Genesis 6:13). We know that the violence we see now, you have seen, too. Lord, have mercy.

You holy Word also says you are slow in bringing judgment because you are patient and do not want any to perish but all to come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9). Christ, have mercy.

Soften the hearts of those who would cause terror and lead them to you, and to repentance and peace. Open the eyes and ears of those who have forgotten about you, that they may call on you and be saved. Lord, have mercy.

Move our hearts to mercy, comfort the victims, heal the wounded, bring evildoers to justice, soften our hearts, open our eyes; through Christ our Lord. Amen.

© 2016 Paul C. Stratman

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Prayer Reflecting on the Terror Attack in Nice, France July 14, 2016 by Paul C. Stratman is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.