August 20th, 2023

Oh God, make me, make us, an instrument of Your Peace
Where there is hatred let me sow Your love.
Where there is injury, your pardon Lord.
And where there is doubt, true faith in you.
Where there is despair, may we be agents of Holy Hope.
Where there is darkness, let us shine Your light.
And where there is sadness, may we be a source of comfort and joy.

O Divine Master grant that we may
not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
To be loved as to love
For it is in giving that we receive-
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned.
And it’s in dying that we are born to eternal life.

Holy God, make us an instrument of Your Peace.

(adapted from The Prayer of St. Francis)

We give you praise O God for the fact that you call us your children, for we are fearfully and wonderfully made. Thank you for working in us and through us, calling us to be your hands and feet in this world, in our communities, and in our families. Make us instruments of Your Peace.

God, grant us the ability to see our world through your eyes, mould our hearts with renewed compassion, grant us courage and strength to strive for justice, and in love always strive to see others as Your created children. We praise you for answered prayer, for the gift of life and strength, and for the gift of family, friends, and community. We also commit our needs to you, calling upon you God for healing, for comfort for those who grieve, for your work of grace in all of our lives. God of power, God of love; lead us and guide us by your holy hand.