Hagerstown Church of the Brethren
15 S. Mulberry St., Hagerstown, MD 21740
Phone: 301-733-3565 * FAX: 301-733-3598

"Church in the Heart of the City with the City at Heart"
Continuing the work of Jesus. Peacefully. Simply. Together.

“Take a Moment” Prayer: Week of May 31

Look for this prayer each week. Take time to pray it each day and know that your church family is saying this prayer too.

Week of May 31: Holy Spirit, come today and fill me with the spiritual energy of fire and wind, so that I will live this day fully in God’s will. I want to please him and show him I love him by being obedient to God’s commands. I want to travel the road of life that God has laid out for me. I want my relationship with him to involve more than mere words. I want to be so close to him that when others hear and see me…they will see God in me. Holy Spirit, come. I ask all of this not for my own selfish gain; but so I can help make a difference in my corner of the world for God today. Amen.

Week of May 24: Caring God, we know you have been hearing our prayers for an end to this pandemic we find ourselves fighting. While we know the battle is not over, we are grateful for a sign of hope that comes in the form of a partial reopening of our church for worship. We admit, we are impatient and want everything to return to normal now; but we know we need to wait…move ahead cautiously…so as to open safely and not be agents of passing on the virus. Some of us will need to be more patient to return than others, because we may be at a higher risk to get the virus. Give us wisdom to know how to take care of ourselves, and give ourselves permission to wait. As is the case with this pandemic…it’s sometimes so very hard to wait for things to happen. You know we can be very impatient. Send your Spirit to us and help us to use our waiting time to benefit our own self-care and the plans you have for us. This is our prayer. Amen.

Week of May 10: Holy God, send your loving Spirit into my life. Please send your Spirit to take this day and all that I say and do in it and make it holy. I want your presence to shine through me for all to see. I want your Spirit in me to say to others that you love them and that you want to be a living part of their lives.  If for some unknown reason I should hesitate and resist the leading of your Spirit, send me assurance and confidence to overrule my hesitation. Thank you for the honor of serving in this capacity for you. Thank you for your Spirit who touches me with love. Amen.

Week of May 10: I come to you today, Loving God, as an open book. With joy and with compassion I know you are intently soaking in my thoughts and feelings…like my joys…beginning with gratitude for this day and continuing with my feelings of anticipation for the blessings that will come my way. And, should anything challenging or unexpected come my way today…I confidently will put myself in your hands because I know you will help me. You know what is best for me and therefore, you will care for me accordingly; so, I have nothing to fear. Also in my thoughts this week are mothers all around the world. I pray for them as they navigate the sometimes rough waters of raising children. Fill their hearts with a motherly loving heart like yours and give them wisdom to do what is best for their children. I thank you for my mother and all those women who have been “like-mothers” to me. As I think about what makes a good mother, may I be encouraged to have a nurturing spirit to all those…not only the children…but, all of those around me. This is my prayer. Amen.

Week of May 3: God of All Creation, It’s quite awesome to think on how you knew me even before I was conceived…actually, not only me, but everyone. And once I arrived on the scene, you had a welcoming committee in place, ready to protect, mentor, teach and guide me. As I reflect on all those positive influences who have been there for me, I become aware that You lived within them…giving me direction too. I am particularly humbled by and grateful for the wisdom and lessons taught to me by older folks in my life. The life and faith lessons they have taught me through words and the ways that they lived encouraged me to seek-out God for how to have a healthy, thriving and fulfilling life and faith. I thank you God for each and every one of these special people. And…everyday remind me that I too…as has been the case ever since I left you into my life…have the responsibility of doing my best to point people to you. What a privilege it is, God, to do this. Amen.

Week of April 26: You are the joy of my life, O Lord. Waking up every morning to your glorious presence welcoming me to the day gives me peace…assuring me that this will be a good day. I know I do not need to fear what tomorrow will bring because you are by my side every day. But you know me, Lord, and you know fear can get the best of me. Forgive me and help me if I should be overcome by painful or distracting circumstances that hide your presence from me right when I need you most. Help those, Lord, who are overcome with fear because of COVID-19 and the effects it is having on their lives. Free them from their fear and trust you to find peace. Lead me this day in all your ways. Amen.

Week of April 19: As I look back on the resurrection joy I celebrated last week, O God, I am inspired to look for your presence in my life now. I see you in the blooming of Spring. Thank you for all of its’ beauty. Social distancing, wearing masks, and staying at home makes it a little hard to see your presence in others; but I see you in the kindness of others I know who are keeping in touch. These required practices do not stir doubt within about whether you are here with me. Instead, I am more aware of my need for you so I seek with more effort to find your presence touching my day. Christ is alive and moving in my midst…Alleluia! Nothing delights my soul more than this. Amen.

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Week of April 12: Alleluia! Christ is risen! God, my joy-filled spirit shouts this over and over again. Jesus conquered death. Alleluia! I need to remember this. I need to remember that there is nothing you God, our Great Creator, our Savior Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit can’t overcome. I need to remember this when I feel trapped in darkness, confusion and sin. I have every reason to feel hopeful when I feel things are out-of-my-control, because I have my Risen Savior walking with me. God, hear me as I reaffirm my faith in our Risen Lord. Jesus, my Savior…take my hand and lead me out of the tomb of darkness and sin…to rise with you into the glorious light of a deeper loving relationship with you. Alleluia…Your are alive! Amen.

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Week of April 5: Hosanna…hosanna, I cry as I reach out to you today with my heartfelt prayers. Holy week is here and I will walk with you through the memories of the highs and the lows of the events of the week. I confess that my thoughts these days have been consumed by the reality of this pandemic. I am tired of this. I just want it to end. Even as I fuss over this issue…I can’t help but wonder about your feelings throughout Holy Week. Did you think to yourself…”let’s get this over with…I want this to end”? I certainly would not blame you for feeling that way. The joy for you, I am sure, was that you knew your nightmare would end and resurrection would come on the other side of death. Help me this week to remember as I walk with you through your nightmare…that there is the hope and promise of resurrection that comes at the end of my nightmares too…even the current nightmare. Your power and grace will guide me and make it so. You are my amazing Savior without whom I would be lost. Thanks be to God for all he has done through you. Amen.