We invite you to join us in prayer this week, with the community prayers lifted up in worship on Sunday, February 16:
Loving, Liberating God,
you have created all that is,
the stars, the moon, the sun,
every living creature,
each of us, and all of us together.
You have created us for life lived in community,
for life lived in freedom,
for life lived in relationships of mutual accountability, justice, and love.
You know us and you love us,
we are fearfully and wonderfully made,
and we give you praise.
You are a God who never ceases working for – and insisting on –
the freedom and dignity of all people.
We pray for all the ways
that we are caught up in and participate in systems that oppress –
show us the ways that we are complicit, and help us stop.
For the ways that we and others are harmed by those systems,
we pray for your healing touch;
give us ears to hear he cries of hurt and harm,
and bring us to the work of dismantling and healing;
give us work to do.
You are a God who loves and accompanies your creation.
We pray for the healing of the world.
In this climate emergency,
give us hearts for urgent action,
for lives lived sustainably in close connection with all creation,
and give us a will for the deep adaptation
that will be needed as the world we inhabit changes.
Help us tend and mend the world you love.
You are a God who brings healing in your touch.
And so we pray for all who are sick and ailing, in body, in spirit,
help us be a healing presence.
Help us to comfort those who mourn.
Help us provide shelter for those living outside.
Help us feed and nourish those who hunger.
You are a God who always stands with the disinherited,
with those whose backs are up against a wall.
Help us to stand where you stand.
Standing with you, and with all who have called on your name,
we join our voices together, praying 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.
The featured graphic is by Tomáš Malík from Pexels, used with permission (and with our gratitude).