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Transfiguration Invocation

God of the high and low, we come before you this day seeking your Holy presence. We come to sing praises, pray petitions, and listen to the Word at your holy mountain. We come to experience metamorphosis, to be changed into your people. Change us in this hour so we might speak your Spirit of hope and grace to the world. We pray this in the name of Christ, AMEN.


Submitted by Rev. Will Ryan, First Christian Church, Burlington, IA

Prayer for Illum. – Divine Light + Breath

Holy Spirit, bring your divine light into the readings this morning. Help us to see as you see – to hear as you hear – to act in the world as you would have us act. Breathe life into us as you breathe into your living Word, Jesus Christ. Amen.

Submitted by Rev. Lucus Levy Keppel, Trinity Presbyterian Church, Bixby, OK

illumination: shine your light

Lord of light, shine your light on us now.  As you spoke your word of creation in the beginning, speak your creative word to us now.  As you gave us your word through prophets and teachers, give us your word in our worship this day.  As you yourself read the scroll and claimed its promises, read your word into our hearts and claim us with your promises.  As your disciples, we gather around your word, in your name.  Amen.


Submitted by Rev. Betsy Turner, Luther Hays Presbyterian Church, Hayston, Georgia

prayer: magnify

God of our Greatest Joy,
may the joy we find in you leap within us this day.
Give us the imagination to sing your praises
in all that we do and in all that we are,
for you have done great things for us.
Our souls magnify you and our spirits rejoice in you!  Amen.


Submitted by Rev. Stephen M. Fearing, Shelter Island Presbyterian Church, NY

prayer: you are near

Advent God,
you are near,
so near we can feel it in our hearts and in our bodies.
As the day of your dawning draws close,
keep our minds on your presence during this busy holiday season.
In a world that tells us that we are supposed to find joy in everything else,
remind us that our only true joy is the joy we find in you.  Amen.


Submitted by Rev. Stephen M. Fearing, Shelter Island Presbyterian Church, NY

opening prayer–southwest senses and seasons

Creator God, we thank you for the wide sky and the warm sun, for the bottomless lakes and the flowing rivers, for the massive mesas and the never-resting winds, for trees and for soil underfoot. We thank you for our senses, which let us hear wind blowing through trees, and see the summer clouds cast moving shadows on the rolling hills, and taste the roasted chiles in autumn, and revel in the cold touch of the snow, and smell the breath of the spring after the rain. May you open the eyes of our hearts to this beauty – and keep us from being blind to your glory burning in even the lowly cholla, reminding us of your love for all things and all people, no matter how great or small. As you have made our senses come alive, let us be attuned to your presence in worship today! Amen.

(Based on Thanksgiving Day prayer by Walter Rauschenbusch)
Submitted by Rev. Lucus Levy Keppel, Ancho + Corona Presbyterian Churches, New Mexico

prayer for a new year

Let us quiet our minds and be at rest in our hearts as we gather ourselves to pray…
Holy One,
Spirit that blew across the Deep and ruffles the still waters in our soul,
Move in and through each of us gathered here as we begin a new year of teaching, learning, questioning and growing.
Immerse us in holy curiosity, that we may be brave enough to accept our questions and kind enough to share the questions of others.
Soak us in the knowledge that we are loved not for our achievements or accolades but because we are your children, called good from before our birth, and valued as we are beyond all measure.
Make us thirsty for justice, that we my boldly face blatant and subversive oppressions in our community with unwavering conviction.
Make us thirsty for truth, that we may shed light on that which is hidden and right the wrongs long kept in the dark.
Make us thirsty for righteousness, that we may work together to repair broken relationships and build up fractured communities with empathy and compassion.
Gather your people, Holy One, that we may strive together – asking big questions, wrestling with hard answers, and never ceasing in the work of helping and healing the world.


Submitted by Rev. Laura Brekke, Campus Minister, Santa Clara University

invocation: pleasing

Blessed are you, Lord our God, King of the universe.
We praise you for the goodness of your creation,
the power of your love,
and the signs of your presence among us.
We gather here to worship you,
and we call on you to come and speak among us.
May what we do here be as pleasing to you as it is pleasing for us
to be here together in your name.  Amen.


submitted by Rev. Betsy Turner, serving Luther Hays Presbyterian Church, Hayston, GA