Good morning, God:
We pause in this sanctuary to take a deep breath and welcome your energizing Spirit to nourish our body and soul (deep breath).
You have sustained us another week and brought us back together in the presence of you and the fellowship of this congregation. We are mindful of your mercy and faithfulness.
We are a diverse people with different stories on the road of faith. You receive us all, not one of us is left behind. Wandering pilgrim, resistant doubter, joy-filled believer – by the grace of Jesus, we belong to You in life and death.
Hear our prayers this morning for our world, our City, and our neighborhood.
We pray the homeless, the hungry, and the lonely. For our sisters and brothers who call the concrete their pillow, we pray for your warmth and protection.
We pray for the elderly and the people of God who now live in nursing homes. Be close to your people who live at the hands of mercy of others. Protect and nourish your people.
We pray for ourselves and our different family situations. For the difficult trials we are going through and for the joyful arrival of good news.
We pray for the children who call this church their faith home. Strengthen them in their faith and may they find joy in knowing you.
We pray for the world. We pray that people will find the creative energy to be peacemakers and reconcilers. We pray for hurts to be mended and evil to be no more. We pray the reign of love and justice.
God, in your infinite mercy, hear our personal prayers in this moment of silence (silence):
Together, with our family of faith around the world, we join in the prayer that 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,