Prayers of the People

 

At Eucharist, the prayers of the people are a part of the service that I particularly like. It’s simple, quiet, and a time to acknowledge some of the needs on my heart. This past Sunday, each prayer ended with the leader saying “In your steadfast love” and all the people responding “Good Lord, hear our prayer.

There’s a lot wrapped up in this simple mantra. The word steadfast implies a promise, a promise and also a faith that God will answer the prayer — for He has to, because his love is steadfast.  

Throughout the week I want to try and remember this mantra. For all the little daily prayers that I might offer, over the nitty-gritty problems and gifts that each day brings, maybe I can insert them inside this mantra, maybe I can keep a running conversation with God.  

My friend needs help today….. in your steadfast love, good Lord, hear my prayer
I’m angry today…..in your steadfast love, good Lord, hear my prayer
I don’t know why you’re allowing this in my life….. in your steadfast love, good Lord, here my prayer
Reading the newspaper makes me grieve….. in your steadfast love, good Lord, hear my prayer
I’m looking forward to dinner tomorrow night….. in your steadfast love, good Lord, hear my prayer
Many are needy….. in your steadfast love, good Lord, hear my prayer
God is good….. in your steadfast love, good Lord, hear my prayer

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About Melodius Monk

I'm 30 years old, and I grew up at the Community of Jesus. My parents moved from Ohio to live at the Community two years before I was born, so with the exception of a few years at college, I’ve lived in the Community my whole life. I became a Novice Brother in 2003, and made my profession as a brother in 2005. Currently I have a pretty varied life as a brother. In addition to daily responsibilities in our liturgies, I cook, sing, play trumpet, and am responsible for various cleaning and maintenance needs in the church building (my favorite jobs is changing the light bulbs at 45 feet!) I also arrange transportation for brothers to various appointments, work on repairing musical instruments, clean the barn, give tours of the church, make the weekly food menu for the Friary, and help out with various other needs as they arise around the Community. Growing up, I was not particularly interested in the religious life, but I met Jesus at an inter-varsity fellowship meeting my second year in college, and that re-directed my life drastically. I feel very fortunate to have found my life’s calling, and the hope for more wholeness is what keeps me on my monastic journey on difficult days.

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