A Prayer for Designers

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Divine Designer-

Through scientific principles, you created the universe.  Even though science was your joyful process of our universe’s genesis, you also desired to take creation a step further.  Because of your love of humanity, you infused flare into our world.  Because you understood our deep love of art, you added blooming trees in Spring and Autumn’s foliage.

And you gifted our world with us designers to co-create with you.

Through the work of their minds, they gave us creative furniture, innovative room designs, inventive fonts, crisp graphics, and fresh wearable fashions.  Through the work of their hands, they grasped the sheen of their dreams and transformed their visions into tangible blessings.

Thank you for your Spirit who inspires all of our designers.  Through their craft, we see your presence.  Through their creations, we abide in a world filled with all sorts of art.

Continue to inspire them with new ideas so that our evolving world will see your beauty on this earth.

Amen.

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This is part of a series of Lenten daily prayers for various careersThe list was determined by St. Paul UCC, Belleville, IL.

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A Prayer for Dentists

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God of the Smiles and Smirks-

For our dentists and dental hygienists, we share our gratitude. Through their encouragement of better hygiene health, we become stronger people.

Bless them with patience as so many of us hold much anxiety of drills and needles. May they show much peace when our nerves flare. May their hands be steady as they hold delicate tools which care for our teeth and gums. Through their knowledge, we find dental wellness.

Bless their learning through continuing education. Bless all who work in their office, and bless their leadership of their staff.

Amen.

A Prayer for Construction Workers and Contractors

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Divine Builder-

As we look at our homes, workplaces, and places of worship, we give gratitude for the ones who have placed brick upon brick.  Engineers, architects, designers, and project managers brought forth dreams on paper.  Construction workers and contractors work to make these visions into reality.

From crafting the frame of our buildings to plastering walls, their weathered hands and perspired foreheads show their dedication to their profession.  Through their expertise, structures stand on solid foundation.  Through their experience, roofs protect from nature’s wrath.

With gratefulness, we celebrate their calling.

Keep them safe as they continue to build towards the sky.  May they feel your peace as their work reaches for the clouds.

Amen.

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This is part of a series of Lenten daily prayers for various careersThe list was determined by St. Paul UCC, Belleville, IL.

A Prayer for Chefs

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Divine Crafter of Cuisines,

We thank you for the imagination of chefs and cooks in our communities. Through the work of their hands, your children are fed. Through the work of their hearts, some who would otherwise go hungry receive food.

We are grateful for all who prepare meals – from our loved ones in our homes to those who create box and frozen dinners to the ones who work in church kitchens. Just as you bless the recipients of the food, bless each one who has cooked the meals. Strengthen each of us as we broil and bake, as we grill and griddle, and as we poach and fry.

Allow us to be your sous chefs as we work together to craft dinners at the tables of justice and mercy.

Amen.

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This is part of a series of Lenten daily prayers for various careersThe list was determined by St. Paul UCC, Belleville, IL.

A Prayer for Butchers

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Great Provider-

For the hands of the butchers, we share our thanks. For the precision desired when cutting meat, may their hands stay still.

Through this meat, our bodies strengthen. Bless their knives and other tools which carve our food.

Bless the cheeses, the crackers, the breads, the slaws and salads, and everything else they sell at their delis. May this food sustain the well-being of their customers.

Amen.

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This is part of a series of Lenten daily prayers for various careersThe list was determined by St. Paul UCC, Belleville, IL.

A Prayer for Border Patrol Agents

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God who extends beyond boundaries and borders-

We pray for our neighbors who are border patrol agents. May they find safety each day as they fulfill their duties. May clarity allow them to protect our borders from serious and true threats to our country.

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Just as we want them to be treated fairly, we pray for their hearts to grow more compassionate each day. We dream that they can find ways to uphold laws and spread merciful love during these difficult times.

Transform their hearts to see all people are made in your image. May grace abound.

Amen.

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This is part of a series of Lenten daily prayers for various careersThe list was determined by St. Paul UCC, Belleville, IL.

A Prayer for Bookkeepers

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Divine Spirit Who Abides in Numbers,

For the bookkeepers and accountants who diligently balance books, we give our gratitude.  For their tireless hours staring at screens and ledgers, we acknowledge their efforts.

May this be a career of joy for them.  May they find bliss in the moments of calculating.  May they see that their work is needed to help our neighbors determine what may be next in their financial life.

Allow them to rest their eyes when the days become long and the numbers do not balance.  Grant them patience when additional computations and reports are needed.

For their talents they share with the Church, the community, and the world, we share our thanks.

Amen.

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This is part of a series of Lenten daily prayers for various careersThe list was determined by St. Paul UCC, Belleville, IL.

A Prayer for Bartenders and Baristas

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Creator of Coffee Beans and the Fruit of the Vine-

With gratitude, we bless the bartenders and baristas in our midst. Their sweet libations – whether with or without alcohol – bring neighbors together for conversations and celebrations.

Whether mixing cocktails, shaking martinis, blending frappés, or creating a heart of foam on the top of a latte, their attention to detail is focused on serving their patrons. Their time and talents bring joy to their guests sitting at bars and tables and as conversations flow between friends and work is done silently in corners.

Their pastoral care from behind the bar gives our neighbors a chance to be heard and seen. The confessional by the beer on tap allows our friends to feel less alone. For our baristas and bartenders who listen, we give our thanks.

Holy Mixologist, may we celebrate their service in the hospitality industry. Give them the courage to care for their guests, holding boundaries and discerning when to stop the drinks from flowing as guests reach their fill of spirits.

We honor their calling as we remember your son, the Great Sommelier, who served the best wine in celebration of love and joy.

Amen.

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This is part of a series of Lenten daily prayers for various careers. The list was determined by St. Paul UCC, Belleville, IL.

A Prayer for Beauticians and Barbers

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Divine Stylist of Creation,

For the cuts and colors by our stylists and barbers, we give our gratitude. Their clips and foils, manicures and braids bring a sense of warmth to the lives of their clients.

Bless the work of their hands as they give the care others seek. Bless their own hands as they trim and color, wax and shave. May their hands hold up in this repetitive work. Protect their fingers, wrists, arms, and backs as they clip and stand for hours to care for their neighbors.

For the times they listen to our life stories and work hard to give us the result we desire, we celebrate. May these caregivers find the energy they need to continue in their careers joyfully.

Amen.

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This is part of a series of Lenten daily prayers for various careers.

 

A Prayer for Bankers

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Divine Source of All Resources-

In seasons of financial stability and uncertainty, we pray for our bankers. As they sit behind desks and bullet-proof glass, allow them to feel safe in their places of work.

May they see the ways in which their practices encourage growth in the world. May they embrace justice and righteousness as they assess and calculate. May they feel the nudge from you to make decisions that serve the entire community. May grace light the way in their decision-making and their service-giving.

While we know their decisions must be financially responsible, we pray that they can discover ways in which they can work with our neighbors who are struggling. By co-managing with our bankers, God, encourage them to create systems where people of all means – including those who have financial challenges – can find their own well-being.

With joy, we give thanks for the ways they invest in our communities. No matter the market, allow them to see their purpose and place in our cities.

Amen.

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This is part of a series of Lenten daily prayers for various careers.