Prayers of the People: Week One
Our Father, loving maker of heaven and earth, we come before you with a posture of gratitude for all that you have created and all that you are creating in, around, through us. We open our hands and our hearts to what you have in store for us this moment, this day, this week. We thank you for your love and mercy that gives us life; may the name of Jesus be blessed above all names!
We love because you first loved us.
We offer prayers tonight for the leadership of our country. We pray that our President, Donald Trump, would lead with wisdom, selflessness, and integrity. We pray that the women and men of our Congress would serve and sacrifice on behalf of their constituents and that our Supreme Court judges would rule with diligence, fairness, and kindness.
May they know the weight of their responsibility and the levity of your grace.
We pray for our parish, the City of Englewood; for which we are taking spiritual and social responsibility. We lift up prayers for our Mayor, Linda Olson, and the other members of our City Council. Would you hold them up in their fatigue, grant them integrity in both public and private, and above all sustain them with your grace.
May they be wise, kind, and gracious; cultivating love and generosity in this community.
We pray for the mistreated in our parish; for those experiencing oppression and injustice on the basis of race, gender, and income. We pray against the spiritual and human systems, institutions, and laws that keep people down and hold people back.
For the oppressed we pray for justice; for the oppressor we pray for repentance.
A Lament of Current Events
We pray for those who are hurting in Mozambique. The violence and destruction caused by Cyclone Idai is not how you intended the world to be. We lament their pain, displacement, and loss and ask that you would bring life and hope to that community.
Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
We offer prayers for our friends and family; for our loved ones, those who have been given to us, and to whom we have been given: [NAME]
Bless them by drawing them near to Christ.
Bless them, keep them, and grant them peace.
We lift up those who don’t know you, that you may reveal yourself to them with you pursuing love and adopt them as your daughters and sons: [NAME]
Draw them near to you, oh Lord.
Invite them into your family just as you have invited us.
And for those we know who face particular trials and tests this day: [NAME]
Grant them grace and peace, oh Lord.
Satisfy them and free them from their troubles.
We entrust those who are close to us and those who oppose us to your never-failing love and care; knowing that you will do for them far more than we can desire or pray for.
Lord, hear our prayers.
Make us a people who move out towards our city, making disciples as you have commissioned us.
Strip from us our complacency and apathy, which prevent us from joining you in establishing your kingdom and will in Englewood as it is in heaven.
Now with you all your people on earth, we pray the prayer that Jesus taught those he called brothers and sisters and friends.