Blessed are you, Father and Mother of us all. You have called us your children, and you invite us to love and trust you as the divine parent who knows our every need. In our adolescent rebellion or our adult independence, call us back again and again to that place of infantile dependence on you.
Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
O God, your kingdom is always breaking in, and this Holy Week more than ever we live in the tension of what is yet to come and what you have already accomplished in the death and resurrection of your Son. Help us to be worthy stewards of your good creation that we might participate in the building of your kingdom here and now.
Give us this day our daily bread.
We thank you, God, that you show your grace and providence in the stuff of everyday life. Help us not to take the simple things for granted. We especially pray that you would keep us mindful of those for whom daily bread is not a reality. Let our awareness of how you provide for us move us to provide for others.
Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors.
O God, your grace is free and yet it is also costly. Strengthen us for the hard work of forgiveness and reconciliation, reminding us that it is in that very work that we live into the fullness of your will for us. Help us to take your call to forgiveness and freedom seriously not only in our relationship with you but also in our relationships with one another.
Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
We are daily surrounded by the reality of suffering, whether it be sickness, hunger, loneliness, guilt, depression or loss. As we draw near to Calvary this week, we remember that you have felt and born all of that, and we remember that even as your Son descended into hell, he rose again on the third day. Seal in us the hope of resurrection that may not circumvent evil but surely will deliver us from it.
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.