Written by Ginny Chilton Maxwell from St Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Newport News, Virginia, and Brian Hehn from the Center for Congregational Song

Music leaders: When my work takes me places I don’t want to goAll: Christ before me

ML: And my heart aches with sorrow as I hit the road

All: Christ be with me

Worship leader: Almighty God we pray for our world…[here the worship leader can fill in
global prayers specific to current events, and/or invite people to speak prayers aloud]

ML: When the care of my family takes all that I have

All: Christ within me

ML: When I’m worn and exhausted, ashamed that I’m mad

All: Christ defend me

Worship leader: Everlasting God, we pray for our country… [here the worship leader can
fill in prayers for our country, and/or invite people to speak prayers aloud]

ML: When I’m tossed to the side and I want to give up

All: Christ beside me

ML: When I’m busting my ass [or And I’m working so hard] but it’s never enough

All: Christ beside me

Worship leader: Loving God we pray for our city/neighborhood…[here the worship leader
can fill in prayers for the city or neighborhood, and/or invite people to speak prayers aloud]

ML: When I work hard but someone else gets the reward

All: God’s eyes see me

ML: I ask for promotion and they shut the door

All: God’s ears hear me

Worship leader: God of compassion, we pray for your people gathered here (or, insert
name of church)…[here the worship leader can fill in names of the sick, the departed, etc,
and/or invite people to speak prayers aloud]

ML: I rise up today in a strength that is not my own
I’m held by the promise of God that I’m never alone

ML: When I climb the first steps toward a long held dream

All: Christ above me

ML: And I leap out in faith and I hope to find wings

All: Christ beneath me