To help raise awareness, Room at the Inn has asked nine pastors from our night sites to write a prayer for each day of Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, November 12-20, 2011.
In the spirit of thanks and giving, please take a moment each day this week to read and reflect on the prayers. We thank the pastors for writing the prayers and for reminding us all to pray for the homeless.
November 12, 2011
O God of Mercy:
We hear the persistent call to feed the hungry and find shelter for the homeless. Stir our hearts to move more deeply in our walk with Jesus.
Help us answer the question, “Why do we feel comfortable living beyond our needs when others do not have their basic needs met?”
Help us not be hypocrites of lip service but the disciples of action.
Keep our hearts soft enough to keep hearing the cry of the hungry and the homeless.
~ Fr. Donald R. Wester, All Saints Parish
Fr. Donald R. Wester is the pastor at All Saints Parish in St. Peters, Mo. Founded in 1823, All Saints Parish is a welcoming community rooted in the gospel of Jesus, the Christ. Our journey of faith brings Christ’s presence to our parish, our community, and our world.
November 13, 2011
Watch over your children,
Especially those with no homes to return to at the end of long and weary days.
Protect them from all harm and keep them from despair.
Open the hearts and eyes of those of us with blessings to share.
Unite our voices in a call for justice:
So that no man need ever lay down for the night on a wooden park bench because he has no home;
So that no woman need ever tuck her children into the backseat of her car because she has no home;
So that no child need ever wonder, “Where will I feel safe?” because he has no home;
So that all those who wander and all who are in need, find the shelter and the peace they seek.
Remind us, O God, that we cannot rest fully secure in our homes each night until all your children are, at last, home.
~ Rabbi Andrea Goldstein, Congregation Shaare Emeth
Rabbi Andrea Goldstein has been with Congregation Shaare Emeth in Creve Couer, Mo., since 1998. Congregation Shaare Emeth blends the tradition of a longstanding, multi generational synagogue with the innovativeness of bright, vibrant clergy and staff in a warm, welcoming environment.
November 14, 2011
As we come before You again this day, we want to thank You for Your goodness and the love that You have shown to us. I thank You for your love and mercy that you extend to each of us. I want to pray for the homeless people in the St. Louis area and the people who have a heart for the homeless and dedicate their efforts to help those that are going through a hard time. Some are homeless by choice and others are homeless because of situations beyond their control. It makes no difference to You Lord, You love us all the same and no one is better than the other. Lord, You promised to supply our needs, and I am asking You to be mindful of people who don’t have a home of their own. Lord, would You make a way for them, would You supply people to help them in their struggles. Would You speak love into their hearts and encourage Your people to share the riches You have let them borrow for a time. Lord, only You know what each person needs and I am asking You to take care of Your people. In the name of Jesus, I pray. Thanking You for hearing and answering my prayers. Lord, let me not do less than what You would have me to do. I love You Lord, amen.
~ Pastor Paul Butler, Community Christ Fellowship Church of God
Pastor Paul Butler serves at Community Christ Fellowship Church of God in Hazelwood, Mo.
November 15, 2011
Holy One, Giver of blessings that nurture the earth and feed our bodies and souls,
We offer now our thanks for the abundance that surrounds us:
For the harvest of which we partake,
For the many hands that make light the work of helping our sisters and brothers,
For those who are in need, who gladden our hearts by allowing us to be of use.
With spirits raised by all this, we are so bold as to ask even more:
We pray for more caring hands,
For the equitable sharing of the riches of the harvest,
For more affordable housing,
For more people of faith willing to put their faith into action,
And for our lives to be constant prayers that all may be safe, warm, and loved.
So may it be.
~ Rev. Dr. David Keyes, Eliot Unitarian Chapel
Rev. Dr. David Keyes serves at Eliot Unitarian Chapel in Kirkwood, Mo. A Unitarian Universalist community, Eliot Chapel gathers to foster free religious thought, nurture spiritual growth and act for social justice.
November 16, 2011
We reverence you as the God of mercy, grace and provision. We thank you for the strength you give us each day. Lord, we intercede for those that do not have shelter of their own. Lord, bless them with protection from the elements, bless them to have sufficiency of food and clothing, bless them with joy and peace of mind. We know you are able to protect your people and supply our every need. Deliver the homeless to have their own residence and to bless them with the security of your love and protection each day.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.
~ Bishop Larry O. Jones, Greater Grace Church
Bishop Larry O. Jones is the founder of Greater Grace Church in North St. Louis County, Mo. Greater Grace Church’s mission is to change lives, transforming the world, one person at a time. They are a dynamic church that focuses on teaching people the path to grow in the Lord and to be the best they can be.
November 17, 2011
Dear God Almighty, Lord of hosts … we praise You today for Your overarching goodness and mercy, specifically and graciously located in Your Son and our Savior Christ Jesus.
Because of Him, we confidently believe that whether we live or die, we will be with You. On this particular day in which You have called us to live, we lift up to You those who are hungry and malnourished, as well as those who are without shelter. Lord, have mercy upon them. Use Your people to assist them in receiving exactly what they need today. And, in Your mercy, provide the means to sustain them with the necessities of life from this day
We are confident that You hear and will answer our prayer, for we lay it before You in the name of Jesus Christ.
~ Pastor John Jameson, St. Mark’s Lutheran Church
Pastor John Jameson is the Lead Pastor of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Eureka, Mo. St. Mark’s Lutheran Ministry is a Christ-centered family working together to love God, love others, and make disciples of all people.
November 18, 2011
Merciful Heavenly Father,
Make your compassion known to those who are suffering from lack. Remember especially the young, aged, and otherwise vulnerable among them. We pray most of all that they would experience your love toward them and secondly that you be their protection and provision in time of need. Fill their hearts with the warmth of your hope and the light of your love.
Move on us, Lord, to be agents of your provision. Stir the hearts of the more fortunate among us with the knowledge that when we feed and clothe those in need, we are clothing and feeding Jesus (Mt 25:34-46).
~ Bill Woodruff, Youth Pastor, Bethalto Church of God
Bill Woodruff is the Youth Pastor at Bethalto Church of God in Bethalto, Ill. Bethalto Church of God is a affiliated with the Church of God in Cleveland, Tenn., and has over eight million members worldwide.
November 19, 2011
Father, we ask you to open our eyes and be sensitive to your spirit. Help us to have the heart and mind of Christ. Teach us to be aware of the needs of your people.
Father, one person can make a differance and help us to be that one. When we feed and clothe your children, we are feeding and clothing Jesus. Bless all the ones who labor to make a difference in this world.
Most of all, we thank you, God, for caring and loving us and sending your son to die on the cross for each and everyone of us.
~ Pastor Tim Naylor, House of Victory
Pastor Tim Naylor serves at the House of Victory in Cottage Hills, Ill. The House of Victory is a church with the desire to worship God, a love for Christ and his people and a vision to help and encourage the lost.
November 20, 2011
Shelter us, O Lord, and give us the compassion and knowledge to help others in their search for shelter.
Help us to be a compassionate presence to those who enter Room at the Inn.
Continue to bless us, O Lord, with night sites that make comfort and joy realities for our families and volunteers who radiate God’s love.
And, as Mother Teresa says: Each time people come into contact with us, they must become different and better people because of having met us.
~ Stephanie Turck, CDP, Room at the Inn
Stephanie Turck, CDP, is the volunteer coordinator for Room at the Inn. As a member of the Divine Providence Community, she is dedicated to making God’s Providence more visible in the world.