Esther – Pastoral Prayer

Scriptures: Psalm 16: 1-2, 5-11; Esther 4:8-17

Teach us your Way, O God,
That we might be open to your Spirit,
To She, who moved over the face of the waters
On the first day of creation
And gave birth to all life and light.

Teach us your Way, O God,
That we might trust your Spirit to guide us forward,
That we might be inspired by prophets like Esther
Who declared that they had come to the earth
For such a time as this
And dared to bear your Light in the night time of their fear.

Teach us your Way, O God,
That we might accept our gifts and potency.
In places of chaos and uncertainty,
hurricanes and illness,
discernment and pain,
war and resettlement,
empower us bear the light of Christ for one another,
And to speak the words of peace
That we each long to hear.

Teach us your Way, O God,
That we might praise you
For the surprising, ingenuous manner that your Kin-dom breaks into our world,
Like yeast in bread,
Like a treasure buried in the daily gardens that we tend,
Like a stranger who unexpectedly walks an extra mile with us,

Like a soft dirt path beneath our feet,
Beckoning us forth.

Teach us your Way, O God,
That we might be swept up in worship with the saints,
Which surges in wonder, gratitude and desire,
And shapes our lives into an irrepressible YES to you,
to all our human siblings,
and to the presence of the Kin-dom among us

until the ancient vision burns within us
with a fire to light the world
and warm its heart,
through Jesus Christ,
singer of passionate songs,
teller of powerful story,
and fellow traveler on the Way.

Adapted from the prayer “Teach Me Your Ways” found in Guerrillas of Grace by Ted Loder & the hymn “Will You Let Me Be Your Servant?”,

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