We invite you to join in the prayers lifted up this Sunday in worship. Please pray with us:
God of all creation,
you loved the world into being,
and you have never left our side.
As glaciers have ebbed and flowed,
as tectonic plates have moved
and shaped and reshaped continents,
across history and in every moment,
you have loved this world,
and you love us still,
and we give you praise.
We thank you for the bright warmth of springtime,
for the fresh bloom of flowers,
for the song of birds,
the howl of coyotes,
and the braying of goats.
In the tumult and peril of the world,
you always give us signs of life.
We pray for the hurt of the world,
this Earth we love,
imperiled and reeling in climate emergency.
Help us to see the harm we have done,
and to make it right.
In these days, we have had a clear glimpse
of how disciplined, collective action,
can change the course of global threats.
Let us not lose sight of that;
help us to learn from these hard days
how we might work together
with you – to mend the world.
We pray for all those hurting in these times of pandemic,
for those who are sick,
for those who are grieving,
for those who are trying to make ends meet,
for those who are lonely.
And we pray for all the ways that folks are hurting,
made even more challenging by the pandemic.
We pray for those who are sick with every type of illness,
for those recovering from stroke,
for those living with cancer,
for those living out their last days –
may they be surrounded with your healing, comfort, and peace.
We pray for families –
for new challenges,
for new adventures in education,
for new ways of learning to be together all the time,
We pray for the awareness to treasure the good of being together,
even as we pray for those for whom family is not safe.
May we find ways to support families and individuals,
each according to their need.
Help us to find the work that is ours to do.
Help us to embody your tender mercy.
Help us create with you loving, sustaining ways
for living life in community.
Help us to find our way to your quilting table,
to take up needle and thimble,
to mend with you this beautiful, hurting world,
stitch by stitch.
Knitted together in your love,
with communities across time,
and around the world,
who embody your tender mercy,
we join our prayers with theirs,
in the prayer that Jesus taught:
Our Father/Mother, 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 sins, as we forgive those who sin against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever. Amen.