A Collection of Litanies and Prayers
based on the Biblical Texts


Litanies and Prayers are posted as pdf files. Please feel free to use and adapt, giving credit to Katherine Hawker. Most of the referenced texts are included in the Revised Common Lectionary. The entire (32) page text, "Litanies based on Biblical Texts", may also be downloaded as a pdf file.

Chapter Titles/Links (Chapters are described in more detail below.)

  • Gensis
  • Exodus-Leviticus-Joshua-Judges
  • 1-2 Samuel
  • 1-2 Kings
  • Nehemiah-Job
  • Psalms
  • Isaiah-Jeremiah
  • Jonah-Micah-Joel-Habbakuk
  • Matthew
  • Mark
  • Luke
  • John
  • Acts-Corinthians-Hebrews
  • James-John-Revelation
  • Chapter Titles with Detail

    GENESIS

  • Genesis 1:1 - In the Beginning
  • Genesis 11 and Acts 2 - Babel
  • Genesis - Patriarchs
  • Genesis 19 - Parable of the Sower meets Lot in Sodom
  • Genesis 19:24-26 - Salt - various texts
  • Genesis 32 - Wrestling
  • Genesis 45 - Broken hearts
  • EXODUS-LEVITICUS-JOSHUA-JUDGES

  • Exodus - Moses Stories
  • Exodus 14 - Crossing the Sea
  • Exodus 16 - Promised Land
  • Exodus 20 and Matthew 22- Ten Commandments
  • Leviticus 2:13 - see Genesis 19:24-26- Salt
  • Joshua 24 - As for me and my house…
  • Judges 9:45 - see Genesis 19:24-26- Salt
  • 1-2 SAMUEL

  • 1 Samuel 1- Hannah's Prayer
  • 1 Samuel 17 and Mark 4:35-41 - Jesus/David
  • 1 Samuel 17:1-58 - Strength - various texts
  • 1 and 2 Samuel - David Stories
  • 1-2 KINGS

  • 1 Kings 8:41-43 and John 6:59ff - Give to them
  • 1 Kings 17-18 -Elijah
  • 1 Kings 19 - Seeking God
  • 2 Kings 2:19-22 - see Genesis 19:24-26 -Salt
  • 2 Kings 5 - Naaman's Story
  • NEHEMIAH-JOB

  • Nehemiah 8 - The Book
  • Job 1-2 - "beware the sons of god"
  • Job 38 - God Beyond our Knowing
  • PSALMS

  • Psalm 8 - with quotes from Thich Nhat Hanh
  • Psalm 22:1-5 - My God, My God
  • Psalm 23 - Contemporary Responses
  • Psalm 66 - Awesome God
  • ISAIAH-JEREMIAH

  • Isaiah 2:4 and Mark 13:8 - Swords and Plowshares
  • Isaiah 2:1-5, 11:1-10, 35:1-10, and 7:10-16 - Advent
  • Isaiah 40:21-31 - Eagles' Wings
  • Isaiah 43 - We are Witnesses
  • Isaiah 61 - see Luke 4
  • Jeremiah 1 and Acts 9 - Welcoming Examples
  • Jeremiah 29 - Shalom
  • Jeremiah 33 - see Zephaniah 3- Advent Prayer
  • JONAH-MICAH-JOEL-HABB-ZEP-BAR

  • Jonah - Undesirable Calls
  • Micah 4:3 - see Isaiah 2:4
  • Micah 5 - see Zephaniah 3- Advent Prayer
  • Joel 3:10 - see Isaiah 2:4
  • Joel 2:28-29 and "Send Down" (Marty Haugen)
  • Habakkuk 2:1-4 - Write the Vision
  • Zephaniah 3 and Jer 33, Bar 5, Mic 5 - Advent Prayer
  • Baruch 5 - see Zephaniah 3 - Advent Prayer
  • MATTHEW

  • Matthew - Parables
  • Matthew 5 - see 1 Samuel 17:1-58 - Strength
  • Matthew 6:9-13 - see Luke 11:2-4 - Lord's Prayer
  • Matthew 6:25-27 - Birds of the Air
  • Matthew 9:9-13- Jesus Calls
  • Matthew 10:34 -Swords and Plowshares
  • Matthew 10:40 - Whoever Welcomes
  • Matthew 11:15-17 - Listen
  • Matthew 13:1ff and Luke 8:4ff, Mark 4:1ff
  • Matthew 13:3-9 - see Genesis 19 - Sower meets Lot
  • Matthew 13:31 - Litany of Parables
  • Matthew 15:21-28 - see Mark 7:24-30
  • Matthew 16:13-20 - see Mark 8:27-33
  • Matthew 16:25 (also Mark 8:35) - Losing One's Life
  • Matthew 17:1-6- Transfiguration
  • Matthew 18 - Bound - Reflection
  • Matthew 18 - Bound - Litany
  • Matthew 18:21-35 - Forgiven and Unforgiving
  • Matthew 20:1-16 - Vineyard Labor
  • Matthew 20:1-16 (with echoes of Micah 6:8)
  • Matthew 18:1-3 -Greatness - Matt 23:12, Luke 14, 10
  • Matthew 22:1-10 - Wedding Banquet
  • Matthew 22 - see Exodus 20 - Ten Commandments
  • Matthew 22:34-40 -Mk 12, Lk 10 - Commands
  • Matthew 23:1-11 - see Matthew 18:1-3 - Greatness
  • Matthew 23:12 - Searching for Greatness
  • Matthew 25:1-13 - Ten Lamps
  • Matthew 25:14-30 - Talent
  • Matthew 25:31-46 - Looking for Christ
  • MARK

  • Mark 1:40-45 - Make me Clean
  • Mark 2:1-12 - Empowering, Enabling God
  • Mark 4:1ff - see Matthew 13:1ff
  • Mark 4:3-9 - see Genesis 19 - Sower meets Lot
  • Mark 4:31 - Mustard Seed
  • Mark 4:35-41 - see 1 Samuel 17
  • Mark 6:30ff - Sabbath Rest
  • Mark 7:24-30 and Matthew 15:21-28 - Uppity Woman
  • Mark 8:27-33 - “Who do you say?”
  • Mark 9:1-8 - see Matthew 17:1-6- Transfiguration
  • Mark 9:30-37 - First and Last
  • Mark 9:49-50 - Salt, Invocation
  • Mark 9:49-50 - Salt, Dedication
  • Mark 10 - Treasure
  • Mark 10:4-52 - Beggar Cries
  • Mark 12:28-34 - see Matthew 22:34-40
  • Mark 12:38 - Two Copper Coins
  • Mark 13:8 - see Isaiah 2:4
  • LUKE

  • Luke 3:17- Winnowing
  • Luke 4:21-30 - Joseph's Boy
  • Luke 4 and Isaiah 61 - Spirit of the Lord
  • Luke 6 - Beatitudes
  • Luke 6 - see 1 Samuel 17:1-58 - Strength
  • Luke 7 - Drop of Water
  • Luke 8:4-8 - see Genesis 19 -Sower meets Lot
  • Luke 8:4 - see Matthew 13:1ff
  • Luke 9:18-22 - see Mark 8:27-33 - “Who do you say?”
  • Luke 9:28-36 - see Matthew 17:1-6 - Transfiguration
  • Luke 10 - Luggage
  • Luke 10:25-37 - Preoccupied and Helpless
  • Luke 10:25ff - see Matthew 22:34-40
  • Luke 11:2-4 (and Matthew 6:9-13)- Lord's Prayer
  • Luke 12:51 - see Matthew 10:34
  • Luke 14:7-10 - see Matthew 18:1-3 -Greatness
  • Luke 16 - Masters
  • Luke 18:9-14 - see Matthew 18:1-3 -Greatness
  • Luke 21 and Acts 4 - Dueling Motives (Starhawk)
  • Luke 24 - Sacred Texts, Call to Worship
  • Luke 24 - Sacred Texts, Prayer of Dedication
  • JOHN

  • John 1 - In the Beginning, Choral Reading
  • John 3:1-17 - God Loves the World
  • John 6:1-15 - Loaves and Fish, Scarcity Redeemed
  • John 6:59ff - see 1 Kings 8:41-43
  • John 13:34-35 - Commanded to Love
  • John 14:15-21 - Jesus as the Boy Next Door
  • John 15:1-8 - Abide in Me
  • John 15:1-8 - We are the Vines
  • John 21:15-19 - Feed My Children, 1
  • John 21:15-19 - Feed my Children, 2
  • ACTS- CORINTHIANS - COLOSSIANS - HEBREWS

  • Acts 2 - see Genesis 11
  • Acts 4 - see Luke 21
  • Acts 9 - see Jeremiah 1
  • 1 Corinthians 1 - Community
  • 1 Corinthians 8:1-13 - Knowing and Understanding
  • 1 Corinthians 13 - for congregational reading
  • JAMES-1JOHN-REVELATION

  • Colossians 4:6 - see Genesis 19:24-26 - Salt
  • Hebrews 11 - Faith Is…
  • James 1:18 - World is Heavy
  • James 2 - Come, Come, Come
  • James 5 - Suffering or Cheerful or Sick
  • 1 John 4:7 - Creator, Redeemer, Sustainer
  • 1 John 4:7 - Beloved, Let us Love
  • Revelation 1:4 - Grace to You and Peace