We thank you for this day. We breathe in your goodness, your mercy, your forgiveness, your peace and our soul is uplifted to discover hope. Thank you for the gift of today. Thank you for your good grace.
We humbly confess that we have not always loved you with our whole heart and we have not always loved our neighbors as Christ loves us. Forgive us and meet us with your mercy. Grant us the devotion to love You and see this world with your love.
We pray in the spirit of the prophetic voices who have gone before us and we are especially mindful of Dr. King and his legacy this morning. Inspire in us to pray with our feet and our hands and to work for love and justice. Let us be provoked to change and to bring change. Let us be inspired so we can discover faith. Let us listen so that we can follow your leading. May our footsteps walk in the path of love and justice and may your mercy meet us when we stumble along the way.
We pray for the poor and the homeless. We pray for those who live on the street during these cold winter months and beg for your mercy. We pray that we would work to live in a world where everyone has safe housing.
We pray for our life and ministry together here at West End Collegiate Church. Increase our capacity to forgive and reconcile us together. Help us to be bold in our witness of your love and gentle in receiving each other.
We pray for the world. We pray for peace. For the safety of the most vulnerable in war torn areas. We pray for clean water and safe housing. We pray for an end to violence.
Hear now our personal prayers in this moment of silence (silence).
With our family of faith around the world we join together 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,