(for praying alone or with others)
Preparation: Place a basket of grapes (separated into small clusters), a Bible, a lighted candle, paper and pens on a prayer table.
“Here I Am, Lord” (or similar hymn)
Divine Teacher, open our minds and hearts to see our work as your work. Give us the grace to realize that you send us into your vineyard to work in ways beyond our vision, yet clearly within yours. Give us trusting hearts to perform our labor with devotion and commitment. Let us believe that all work is a gift we give to you. Amen.
You are invited to write down the names of the places where you work. Reflect on the places you work for pay, your volunteer work and the work of your home. Think about each place as a holy place, where you are a laborer in service of the Kingdom. What can you do to bring a greater awareness of God’s presence and will to these settings? (Pause.)
As you each come forward and read your lists, we will all respond together, “Here I am, Lord. I have come to do your will.”
Then place your list beside the basket of grapes, take a cluster of grapes and return to your seat.
(Play quiet, reflective music as people come forward.)
May God bless the work of our hands, minds and spirits. May our simple gifts of time and talent reap abundant fruit for God’s Kingdom, and may God bless us in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. (Invite participants to eat their grapes.)