God, our Holy and Loving Creator:
We meet you this morning and we open our hearts to your spirit. We open our lives to you and ask that you help us trust your care. By the grace of Christ forgive where we have done wrong may your mercy transform the patterns and habits that do not honor you or our neighbors. Create in us a new spirit and renew our bodies and minds.
Caring God –
Our prayers turn toward our family and friends. We pray for their health and good care. We pray for grace to be manifested in their lives. Where there is a break in relationship we pray for your guidance to know what to do with people who have hurt us or we have hurt them. We pray for grace.
We pray for the concerns of the nation and the world. For people who experience poverty, we pray for a world where there is enough for all. Help us to share our many gifts.
Where there is despair in the world bring your hope through the hands of love + justice.
Where there is prejudice and the many isms that “other” people we pray for equity and opportunity.
Where there is violence and hunger we pray for peace and food.
God, we desperately ask that you help us work for a world where love is manifested in each person. Where forgiveness is experienced. Where justice is finally offered. We pray for us, help us to do exactly what you asked of us and that is to love you with our whole heart soul and mind and to love our neighbor as our self.
Thank you for this great grace that your have offered. May our lives be a song of gratitude and praise.
Speak to us in this moment of silence as we listen for your voice in our lives. (silence)
We join our family of faith around the world in the prayer Jesus taught us:
Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name,
thy kingdom come,
thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts,
as we forgive our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
and the power, and the glory,