Prayers for National Donor Sabbath (based on Psalm 65)
We praise you, O God,
and we lift up our hearts to you in prayer.
You hear our prayer, Blessed One,
you blot out our sins,
and you call us to dwell joyfully in your presence!
We give you thanks for the gifts of this life:
for the beauty and strength of our bodies;
for the wonder of minds and hearts;
for the holy love of families and friends.
We stand in awe of your salvation, Righteous One,
for your hope rises even at the ends of the earth
and at the fearsome limits of our own lives.
Your power holds us steady amidst the storms of life.
When tragedy strikes or illness rages,
you quiet our fears and work your deliverance.
You reveal your love in the generous gift of life,
offered with courage by donors and their families;
endings and new beginnings are filled with your joy.
Come, O Lord, and provide abundantly for all who are in need.
Let the river of your grace flow freely,
especially for those who remember and mourn.
Let the life-giving power of your love
be with all those who cry out for your healing.
Let your goodness overflow
in the lives of those who celebrate new beginnings.
We rejoice in your gift of life,
and in the new life you give us each day;
we shout for joy and sing,
in the name of the Living One, the Risen Christ,
in whom we pray together saying:
The Lord’s Prayer
Submitted by Rev. Nathan Williams, Echo Hill Presbyterian Church, IA