Prayers for the week of January 19

Every week in worship, we lift up prayers for the world, for the nations, for communities, for families, and for individuals. Here are the Morning Prayers from Sunday, January 19. We invite you to join us in these prayers over the course of this week:

Sovereign God,

you have loved us from the beginning of time,

and love us still.

Throughout time, you have worked for our well-being,

and longed for us, for all of us, to make our home in a world where all are free.

We pray for an end to every system and structure

that stands in the way of that hope –

for an end to racism and white supremacy,

for an end to xenophobia and misogyny and transphobia,

every -ism and -phobia that harms your beloved children.

And within this prayer, help us find the work that is ours to do,

this day, and then the next.

We pray for the planet – for all your creation –

in this climate emergency –

we pray for a will to do the work of healing and repair.

We pray for this nation and all nations –

and particularly our leaders in Washington DC,

as they begin a trial on Articles of Impeachment.

Grant them wisdom and courage and integrity.

Empower us to use the freedoms we enjoy

to shape a government free of corruption

that honors and cares for the most vulnerable in our midst.

And we pray for the concerns of our daily lives –

We pray for healing for all who are hurting in body or spirit—

companion those who are facing medical procedures and treatments.

We pray for shelter and food for those living outside

we pray for comfort for all those who mourn.

We pray for eyes to see the hurt and need in the world,

and the compassion and courage to come alongside each other

and to extend your love for us in Jesus Christ,

embodied in lives we lead in tender mercy.

Awash in your great love for us, we join our voices with believers in every time and place

and pray the prayer that Jesus taught, saying:

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.

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