September 19, 2022

Prayer for the Good Use of Leisure

O God, in the course of this busy life, give us times of refreshment and peace; and grant that we may so use our leisure to rebuild our bodies and renew our minds, that our spirits may be opened to the goodness of your creation; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

Psalm 80

Hear, O Shepherd of Israel, leading Joseph like a flock; *

shine forth, you that are enthroned upon the cherubim.
In the presence of Ephraim, Benjamin, and Manasseh, *

stir up your strength and come to help us.
Restore us, O God of hosts; *

show the light of your countenance, and we shall be saved.
Lord God of hosts, *

how long will you be angered
despite the prayers of your people?
You have fed them with the bread of tears; *

you have given them bowls of tears to drink.
You have made us the derision of our neighbors, *

and our enemies laugh us to scorn.
Restore us, O God of hosts; *

show the light of your countenance, and we shall be saved.
You have brought a vine out of Egypt; *

you cast out the nations and planted it.
You prepared the ground for it; *

it took root and filled the land.
The mountains were covered by its shadow *

and the towering cedar trees by its boughs.
You stretched out its tendrils to the Sea *

and its branches to the River.
Why have you broken down its wall, *

so that all who pass by pluck off its grapes?
The wild boar of the forest has ravaged it, *

and the beasts of the field have grazed upon it.
Turn now, O God of hosts, look down from heaven;
behold and tend this vine; *

preserve what your right hand has planted.
They burn it with fire like rubbish; *

at the rebuke of your countenance let them perish.
Let your hand be upon the man of your right hand, *

and son of man you have made so strong for yourself.
And so will we never turn away from you; *

give us life, that we may call upon your Name.
Restore us, O Lord God of hosts; *

show the light of your countenance, and we shall be saved.

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