On this Labor Day Sunday, some of us are observing this day with rest and relaxation. Others are gathering for worship at a church of their choice. Still others are in Schuyler, Nebraska as a mission team helping to build a Habitat for Humanity house.
I offer here a selection of prayers for your worship and reflection. All can be found in The United Methodist Book of Worship.
O God, you have bound us together in this life. Give us grace to understand how our lives depend on the courage, the industry, the honesty, and the integrity of all who labor. May we be mindful of their needs, grateful for their faithfulness, and faithful in our responsibilities to them; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
--Reinhold Niebuhr, #443 UM BOW
O God, we realize you do not call us to be successful in the marketplace; you call us to be faithful as disciples of Jesus. You do not call us to achievement in work, but to responsible living. You do not call us to make a great fortune, but to labor for your reign. Guide us into greater understanding of your priorities. Amen.
--Anton K. Jacobs, #539 UM BOW
O Living Word, by whom all things are created, bless all who work daily in home, field, and marketplace. Labor with them until the creation of the new heaven and earth. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
--Andy Langford, #540 UM BOW
Lord Jesus Christ, carpenter of creation, you knew the satisfactions and responsibilities of human work and hallowed it forever in a carpenter’s shop in Nazareth. May I be a blessing to others by living and working to the honor and glory of your holy name. Amen.
--#538 UM BOW, adapted
Give us, Senor, a little sun, a little happiness, and some work. Give us a heart to comfort those in pain. Give us the ability to be good, strong, wise, and free, so that we may be as generous with others as we are with ourselves. Finally, Senor, let us all live as your own one family. Amen. --from a church wall in Mexico, #465 UM BOW
Grace and peace … --Pastor Pat
Pastor Pat Norris
Something to Ponder is by Pastor Pat and is printed on the back of the bulletin each week.