Prayers of the People: Week Three

Prayers of the People: Week Three

We give you thanks and bless you, Almighty God, for our creation, preservation, and all the blessings of life; above all, for the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ, for your glory and for the means of grace in the world.

We thank you, O Lord.

Sovereign Lord, we offer prayers tonight for the leadership of our country. We ask that you give our President Donald Trump and Congress men and women on both sides of the aisle wisdom to lead with both integrity and justice. May they know the weight of their responsibility and the levity of your grace. 

 Hear us, O Lord. 

We pray for the city of Englewood today, and for all neighborhoods that we call home. We offer prayers tonight for our local leadership. We pray for our School Superintendent Wendy Rubin, the School Board, and the principals, teachers and staff of Englewood Schools. We ask that you make them wise, kind, and gracious. May they be vessels of your love to this community. 

Hear us, O Lord.  

We pray for the mistreated in our parish who experience 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. 

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] 

Lord, have mercy;  

Christ, have mercy. 

We lift up those who don’t know you, that you may reveal yourself to them with your pursuing love, and adopt them as your sons and daughters: [name] 

Lord, have mercy;  

Christ, have mercy.

And for those we know who face particular trials and tests this day: [name] 

Lord, have mercy;  

Christ, have mercy. 

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. 

Hear us, O Lord. 

Now with all your people on earth, we pray the prayer
that Jesus taught those He called brothers and sisters and friends:

The Lord’s Prayer

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