Give us patience, O God, in the hour of trouble; humility in the hour of success and constancy in the hour of temptation. Grant us thankfulness for your benefits, fear of your judgement and hope in your enduring mercy; now and for ever. Amen.John Cosin (1594-1672)
Prayer for Artists
God, you are the ultimate creator
and yet you share this gift with human hands and minds.
We thank you for artists,
for their work that enriches our lives and your world,
partners in creating,
makers of beauty and speakers of truth.
Let inspiration flow like a roaring river.
Let artists flourish.
Let art light up the world. Amen.
“But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.””
John 1:6-8, 19-28
“Among you stands one whom you do not know, the one who is coming after me; I am not worthy to untie the thong of his sandal” (vv. 26-27)
“A voice cries out: ‘In the wilderness prepare the way of the LORD.’” (v. 3)
“The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases, his mercies never come to an end” (v. 22)
“The LORD is a refuge for his people, a stronghold for the people of Israel” (v.16)
“Say to daughter Zion, ‘See, your salvation comes.’” (v. 11)
“Come, let us walk in the light of the LORD!” (v. 5)
“The LORD created me at the beginning of his work, the first of his acts of long ago (v. 22)