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Eugenie Sowan Erse N’Ghessan sews clothes to earning a living for herself and her seven children in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire.

Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS

Eugenie Sowan Erse N’Ghessan sews clothes to earning a living for herself and her seven children in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire.

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A United Methodist Prayer for Workers

In this video reflection, let us lift up United Methodists across the connection and pray for those who work full-time, who serve as volunteers, or who seek employment. The meditation features a blessing for those in all lines of work. You are encouraged to share or download this video to use in Sunday school classes, before or during worship, or with your co-workers.

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A Blessing for Workers and All Seeking Work
Blessed are you, ever-creating God,
in your image, our lives are made;
in your glory, we offer all the work of our hearts and hands and minds.
Blessed are you, O God, now and forever!

Blessed are you whose work is repaid,
for by your work, and by the payment you receive
your lives and the lives of others around you and around the world are blessed.
We thank God for you day by day.

Blessed are you whose work is unpaid,
who offer what you can to enrich the lives of others,
through time, talents, skill, strength, and love.
We praise God for your generous labor!

Blessed are you who seek work but have not found it,
or whose work now is not yet what it may be
yet still you seek, that your gifts may be shared more fully.
We praise God for your diligent seeking and pray you may soon find!

Yours is the glory in their labors.
Yours be the glory in all our lives, in Jesus' name. Amen.

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The images were taken by photographers from various United Methodist agencies and conferences.

This prayer is also found under resources offered by Discipleship Ministries.

Learn what The United Methodist Church teaches about the Economic Community.

This video was produced by United Methodist Communications in Nashville, TN.

Media contact is Fran Walsh, 615-742-5458.

This video was first posted in August, 2015.