Labor Prayers

A Prayer for Work

God of creation,
the world, all that grows on it,
all that roams it, and ourselves too
are the work of your hands.

By your gift they are also our work.

Guide and govern us so that our
labor may bring your creation to
perfection.

Give to men and women work that
enhances their human dignity,
and draws them closer in service
to their brothers and sisters.

Have compassion on those who
despair of ever achieving work.

Direct the efforts of your church
to champion their plight
and bring them hope.


Beatitudes for Workers

Voice I: Blessed are you poor who have no work or too little income.

Voice II: God has promised: yours is the kingdom of heaven.

Voice I: Blessed are you who are hungry now.

Voice II: God has promised: you shall be filled.

Voice I: Blessed are you who weep over unpaid bills, the loss of a job, or your children’s lack of opportunities.

Voice II: God has promised: you shall be comforted, you shall laugh.

Voice I: Blessed are you who are merciful.

Voice II: God has promised: you shall receive mercy.

Voice I: Blessed are you who hunger and thirst for justice.

Voice II: God has promised: you shall be filled.

All: The time is surely coming when God’s justice and peace shall reign throughout the land. Thanks be to God.

United Church of Christ


Worker God, who intends good for all your children, we seek your wisdom and courage as we work to change the harsh conditions under which so many labor. We ask that we might be your witnesses for good work, fair pay, and human dignity.

Amen.

Interfaith worker Justice


May God our creator, the one who calls us, transforms us, and redeems us, bless us with the courage, vision and strength to work for justice for all workers everywhere.

Amen.

Interfaith worker Justice


Click on these links for more prayers:

Australian Catholic Social Justice Council

Catholic Relief Services

Praying for Laborers

The Forward Movement of the Episcopal Church