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We're building a community: The Morning Briefing email prayer service was test marketed with a group of individuals who described their personal faith tradition as Catholic, Baptist, Jewish, Lutheran, Presbyterian, Episcopal, Christian, Evangelical Christian, Mormon, Science of the Mind, Protestant and None. The pilot was slightly skewed toward Catholics, however, the community is ever-changing as new subscribers, representing a wide range of faith histories, are constantly being added.
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Thank you for the daily gift of In the Company of Prayer. It is a blessing to open everyday amongst all the emails awaiting reply and find a prayer, thought, scripture reflection or meditation to take along the journey of the day. Prayers for you as you change your latitude - have you ever considered walking the Camino de Santiago? It's an awesome pilgrimage... as should be the upcoming World Youth Day gathering in Krakow. Please include the health and well-being in mind, body and spirit for all of the pilgrims involved.
I am happy to give you my favorites. Two I have printed on the wall - one from 5/19/09 and one from 11/16/09. There was one from about 2 years ago about passion and doing what you love, I have it somewhere but it was my favorite and applied to me and how I started my business. Please know that you are my first click of every weekday - my first prayer and inspiration. There are others that do follow but you are first. Your inspirations are most important to my day and I am always surprised at how many apply. Please continue what you do! Thank you.
My favorite was last week, I think. The one about how fast children grow up. Thanks for your ministry, since I haven't been able to pray in a manner that I'm used to I really love my morning briefing!
Hello There, I really would like to thank you and your wonderful team for helping a lot of people remember and stay connected to God in the hard times that a lot of us are facing these days. I have copied some of my recent favorite prayers, although there several that I have found very helpful. Thanks again.
I have come to depend upon the prayers and wisdom so graciously shared every morning by "In the Company of Prayer" in order to begin my day in a serving state of mind. With that said; the impact of a late arriving message or no message at all is profound and makes me feel as though I am going to battle without my armor! Thank you for asking and may God Bless your life and this project.
Super excited for you and what God is doing. May God bless all that you do in this transition. Thank you so much for Company of Prayer. I read it each day and have done so for years. You are a blessing to me!
I can't remember the best ones, although I have a couple taped to my computer to remind me of what I need to do in life. The one is "We all need backbone as we take on a new year; may we be fortified through prayer." And the other one may be a little older.....That my faith guides me today and every day I pray. The reason I saved this one was because of the quote from Jeff Benedict "I think what is important is to have people run things who are principled, who have a set of ethics and who are anchored to those beliefs and ethics. It doesn't matter if you are Jewish or Catholic or Mormon; what matters is that you take those values and you actually apply them. You bring those values to work." The last one taped on my computer is "For the ultimate standard in integrity, let us pray." with the additional comment quote from Mike Paul to the effect that ethical behavior defines who you really are.
Thanks again for nurturing me in my work life. This is the only place I receive this kind of help.
I have been enjoying your prayers for a long time now and, as the Christmas and holiday seasons approach, I think this is an appropriate time to thank your prayer group for the morning prayers. Each day when I access my computer I read the prayers, aloud, before continuing on to open and reply to other emails.
The prayers, shrouded in spiritual meanings, also have relevance to our daily lives. I observed that the prayers are also interpreted in ways to give that sought-after relevance in our daily lives. This is interesting and nicely done, so I think I will continue with the companyofprayer.
I wish to make a contribution to this wonderful and meaningful work that is being offered. How do I go about doing this? God bless you all,
I became acquainted with you and your ministry during one of the more challenging times in my life, and I want to say thank you, for the reminder to always pray for someone else. This brought about much joy in praying for others in the midst of the challenges in my life. I was able to focus on others, then the obstacles in my life became more bearable. God has always been here for me, he will never leave me or forsake me, lo he will be with me all the way to my end! It feels great to know that you will be doing something you are passionate about.. God has brought me a very long way and I will continue to trust and obey his call on and over my life! Thank you for your always encouragement! I pray the absolute best for you!
I have been a subscriber up until today, and now I'm a "paid" subscriber, to your morning inspirational emails. There are a lot of emails that get sent, including regular types of "words of wisdom" similar to yours, that I just never feel motivated to read or even open sometimes. However, I ALWAYS enjoy "In the company of prayer", and look forward to opening it. In the midst of reading 50 or 60 emails everyday, and sorting the junk from the real emails, it's always a breath of fresh air to pause and open your email. So…I finally put my money where my mouth was in the case of your ministry today, and offered a contribution. This is not like me, because I also like receiving things for free! Thanks for your ministry…keep it up!
I just love this site and thank you for how it more often than not touches me in the deepest areas of my heart. I find it hard sometimes to have a lot of time to pray and you focus me for the day as God blesses me with the insights contained here. May all of you be blessed as God has blessed me through In the Company of Prayer.
You cannot imagine how comforting I find these readings to start my day. Thank you for these beautiful passages.
I really appreciate the Company of Prayer movement and feel we should all do our part to support those who want to bring faith into the workplace. I really like the 20 seconds it takes me to read your messages, and the links to good books on your site. Also, your first email of the year was my all-time favorite Jeremiah quote, so I have a good feeling about receiving the briefings. Abundant blessings to you!
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Let us pray for those seeking and providing the greatest solace of allRescue and Protect: Staff Sgt. Edward Rosa reads the bible and extends a cigarette to Pfc Jorge Rostran Obando, who was stunned by an explosion in Afghanistan's Arghanab Valley. One comrade was killed and two injured in the blast. Pfc Rostran asked the sergeant to read Psalm 91, a favorite from his childhood.
This weekend I pray for those I work diligently for--my first faith community--the familyAbove all we need, particularly as children, the reassuring presence of a visible community, an intimate group that enfolds us with understanding and love.
Let us use the summer months to really reflectCountless noise and restless spirits: They go together. The continual barrage of images, information and virtual voices keeps the mind racing, always trying--but failing--to 'process.' We simply don't have time to think or reflect. It makes us edgy on the one hand, and bored on the other. It's addicting, while at once mentally tiring but not really satisfying.
On those occasions when all seems hopeless, may I receive a reminder that it is notThere is hope in your future.
For today, I give thanksCome now, you who say, 'Today or tomorrow we shall go into such and such a town, spend a year there doing business, and make a profit.'--you have no idea what your life will be like tomorrow. You are a puff of smoke that appears briefly and then disappears.
Lord, let me find the extraordinary in my workplace todayOne of the greatest mistakes in history has been to go off looking for God in the extraordinary. God occasionally uses the extraordinary to get our attention, but since the beginning, his favorite place has been amid the very ordinary things of life. A child in a manger--what could be more ordinary?
Lord, help us, and help us to help each other to press on and try again todayFour words: Be gentle with yourself. It turns out they are some of the wisest words anyone has ever shared with me. It doesn't mean be soft with yourself, and it doesn't mean undisciplined. Being gentle with yourself consists of realizing your faults, failings and weaknesses and dealing with them appropriately.
I pray that I lead the charge for ethical behavior in my organization that goes beyond mere appearancesOne of the reasons for focusing on appearances is that it's just easier. Ethical problems are by nature hard.
Let us pray for those struggling through personal heartache while continuing to workWe could never learn to be brave and patient if there were only joy in the world.
Lord, may all those who come to our place of business feel the safety of your presence within itTo an unusual degree people now feel they have to protect themselves from each other. You have to put forward the rules of behavior, every day. But such vigilance is tiresome. Most of us give up and accept the thousand daily breaches and violations. In a service economy in the age of no manners, everyone gets on everyone's nerves.
Almighty God, help me to reflect on you as I do my best to represent you todaySomeone has said that the greatest sin is to make God unattractive. Unfortunately, we can do this not only by the words we preach but more so by our demeanor. Today we ask ourselves, 'How approachable and kind am I to the people I live with, work with, serve or meet on the street?' Do I reflect the amiable God I believe in?
Let us lighten up this weekend and appreciate those we love, but with whom we differWhat Donnie and Marie were really saying was, if you noticed, Donnie would be singing about how he's rock-in-roll and she would be singing about she's country. But Donnie would never say, 'Hey Marie, you're lame for being country.' They'd start out harmonizing together and at the end it would be this country rock sort of thing. In today's day and age that would be, 'Forget you, I'm not going to sing with you.
For those who never got a break, let us prayReliable data show early school starts ranging into August do cause a drop in travel. But the bigger news is that all summer travel--not just August travel--drops by 30% when school starts early. There are vacations that never occur as a result of August school openings.
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Loving and Gracious God, you are indeed the giver of all good gifts and we come together this day to seek your wisdom, guidance, courage and strength. Be with us in our deliberations and help us to be wise in the decisions we make for the good of all those who have placed their trust and confidence in our leadership. Give us insight to lead with integrity that our decisions may reflect what is right and good. Keep us from shortsightedness and pettiness. Help us to make decisions that strive to be for the good of all and guard us from blind self interest. Finally, dear Lord, grant us the humility to always seek your will in all that we do and say. All Glory be to you, loving God, now and forever. Amen.
Reverend Arthur A. Holquin, Pastor
Mission Basilica San Juan Capistrano, California
Today O God we ask for your spirit to be at work in our midst, that you might stir up in us the gifts that we need to lead this company/organization with integrity and focus to the tasks at hand. Give us the courage to not only consider ourselves; but all those who are affected by the decisions we make. Help us to remember those who labor on our behalf, our employees and vendors and all those whose livelihood is connected to this company/organization. We give you thanks for our investors/stockholders who have placed their trust in us and we ask for courage and wisdom to be good stewards of both their trust and their resources. Help us in the midst of difficult decisions to have peace of mind, trust in your guidance, and look toward the long term goals of all whom we serve. Finally we give you thanks for this company/organization and ask that you might so guide us and our decisions that we might continue to serve you and the world through the work you have given us to do. In Jesus name. Amen
Pastor Jeff Frohner
Our Savior's Lutheran Church, San Clemente
Almighty and gracious God. We your children gather here to share, for the good of this organization, and the common good, the gifts and graces you have given us. As we plan the work of this organization, help us be mindful of your charge to us to be wise stewards of this world and its resources. We are responsible not just for money or success, but for the well being of all whom we employ, and all who use our products. Guide us so we think wisely, plan carefully, and act diligently for the life of our organization. Lead us always to make choices based on your teachings; let us remember that you wish us to practice justice and walk humbly with you. With your guidance we will Lord, work to serve you as we serve each other through the various agencies of this business. We acknowledge that all we have is a gift from your almighty hand. Direct us to make only those decisions and plans that honor the law you have given us, serve those people we represent, and establish an organization that has a moral and social conscience.
Reverend Elizabeth Griffin
United Church of Fairfax/St. Albans Bay UMC
Fairfax, Vermont (www.gbgm-umc.org/fairfaxvt)
Start a "time of prayer" in silence. The time of silence should allow people to open their hearts to God and to feel what it is that they need or are thankful for (or both) that day and for any other needs that may be directly associated with the upcoming meeting. The silence should be about one minute in length. Allow another minute for people to express "briefly" prayers of petition or thanksgiving e.g. "Lord, please bless my daughter and son in law expecting their first baby." The conclusion of this time can be closed simply with words similar to the following: "Lord, we pray that you hear these and all the prayers of our hearts this day and all the prayers of all people who call on your love, aid and mercy."
Fr. Bill Watson
President and Founder
Sacred Story Institute (www.sacredstory.net)
Direct, we beg you, O Lord, our actions by your holy inspirations, and carry them on by your gracious assistance, that every prayer and work of ours may begin always with you, and through you be happily ended. Amen
From "Timeless Prayers for Busy People,"
Legatus (www.legatus.org) an international
organization of practicing Catholic CEOs,
Presidents, Managing Partners and their spouses.