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March 21

Elementary:

We begin our prayer in the name of the father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

"Oh, how good and pleasant it is, when brethren live together in unity!", says Psalm 133

A friend's story:

 

After coaching hockey for twenty years, I have had time to reflect upon that wonderful experience.

I had the good fortune of having some championship teams. It would be easy to point to their skills on the ice as the reason for their success. Those teams did have excellent talent. But so did other teams. What separated the championship teams from those who fell short of the mark was team chemistry. The winning teams worked together for a common goal. Each player recognized they were a part of something much bigger. Each one made personal sacrifices. They were selfless as they could be. It was a pure delight to be a part of those teams.

The writer of the psalm knew the excitement of being a member of a community team. A community can only be a community when it is living and working together as one pulling together for a common goal and recognizing each individual is part of something much bigger.

Let us pray: 

Lord help us to work together the best we can to share joy, hope, life, love and forgiveness with all this Lenten season. Such unity in community is attractive to all.

Also today on this the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination we pray that all people are recognized and respected as one family and community: all are the children of God.

We end our prayer by opening our hearts to God's love in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.  Amen.​


High School: 

We begin our prayer in the name of the father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

Today is International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination - we humans are all worthy of equal dignity and respect – our faith teaches us that we are all the children of God.

Paul in his letter to the Ephesians (1:5-6) says:

 "He destined us for adoption as his children through Jesus Christ, according to the good pleasure of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace that he freely bestowed on us in the Beloved."

Let's pray:

Dear Father in heaven, open our hearts that we may come to you as your children. As children we need to learn about ourselves, others and you – help us to grow in that knowledge.

May we always be loyal and full of joyful hope, working and striving to live your good will here on earth as it is in heaven.

Let your promise of a better life shine through us again and again in all that we say and do. Help us to be peace makers and bridge builders between peoples.

This Lent, may we come to realize we need you Lord God in our lives and we that we need your help to grow our hearts and minds in true love.

In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

We end our prayer by opening our hearts to God's love in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.  Amen.