A short selection of Prayers. (More prayer resources here)
A Prayer with the Economy of Birmingham and Solihull
Jesus worked with your labouring disciples:
Peter who was fishing; Martha who was serving;
The Centurion who commanded; The vineyard hands who waited.
Work with the economy of Birmingham and Solihull,
So that all people may experience the Value of Your Kingdom,
Set free because you are Abundance and not scarcity.
And stir up your Enterprising Spirit within the Church and her partners
that bringing together your truth and our need
all people may come near to the City of God that is your Mission for us.
We ask this through the saving life and work of your Son Jesus Christ. Amen.
Prayer with working people by John Bell, Iona Community:
you have called us to do your will in the world, in the name of Jesus.
You have called us to be shop assistants and social workers
truckers and teachers
carpenters and chemists
engineers and evangelists
labourers and lawyers
and much else besides.
We pray with all people in their daily life and work
enjoying fulfilment in a purposeful job or challenging vocation,
staring at the uncertainty of redundancy or dismissal,
holding immense responsibility and facing testing decisions,
feeling exploited by injustice in trade,
caring for others, unpaid and unsung.
And we pray for people for whom time passes slowly:
seeking employment, frustrated by repeated refusals,
unable to work through illness and incapacity,
retired, now wondering where they are still wanted,
finding their work a drudge, dreading each new day,
still listening for God’s call.
We commit to you the insights of our minds,
the labour of our hands,
and the love of our hearts,
as we share in daily community life
and shape the future of your created world. Amen
Prayer with Urban life:
Come, God of the city, into my city.
Put up a sign – ‘Danger – God at work’.
Build places of welcome – places to play – riotous sound and colour.
Build homes for celebration with friend and stranger.
Build places of worship – places to pray, spaces to listen and rest in quietness.
Illuminate with your energy
Add your wine to my parties
Bring generosity to my economy
And offer hospitality through my openness.
A selection of prayers for the working day
I arise today
Through a mighty strength;
God’s power to guide me,
God’s might to uphold me,
God’s eyes to watch over me,
God’s ear to hear me.
God’s word to give me speech,
God’s hand to guard me,
God’s way to lie before me,
God’s shield to shelter me,
God’s host to secure me.
(Bridgid of Gael c. 451 – 525)
Lord God, bless the labour of our hands,
Whether in the office or in the kitchen;
on the farm or in the garden;
on the hospital ward or with an unwell friend;
in the school of the world of business;
on the phone or on the computer;
when holding our children or our grandchildren.
May all we do this day be done to your glory.
So, Lord, bless the labour of our hands.
(Brian Hudson [adapted])
A Psalm of work
I enjoy my work, for you have given it to me: You are a God who works, and I work with your blessing.
You are there when I go to work in the morning: I meet you in my friends as we greet one another.
As we prepare for the day, you speak to me through others: you are in new ideas and the training we share.
My concentration reflects your loving care: your creative power inspires my thoughts and actions.
When I help another it is you that I meet: as I serve a customer I am serving you.
When I am called to give account to my superiors: it is your judgement I face and you will judge in fairness.
If others treat me harshly, I am only your servant: Jesus was also the servant of others.
His work was to make your love visible: in my successes I too am completing your work of creation.
Long ago monks were told that to work is to pray: help me to see my task today as part of your purpose.
My achievements I offer to you: exhausted I give you my life.
Further prayer resources can be found on the ‘Prayer and Worship’ page of ‘Resources for Churches’.