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Prayers for the Week of January 24, 2021

Please feel free to join us this week in the prayers prayed in worship on January 24, 2021:

Loving God,

we thank you for the gift of a new day,

for the rising of the sun,

for the crisp chill of morning,

for sunlight, for rain,

for birdsong,

for prayer,

for the hope that each new morning brings

that this day might bring us

even closer to you and each other.

We thank you for your tender mercies,

new and fresh every morning,

for your faithfulness, for your abiding love.

Holy God, in the midst of us even now,

we give you thanks and praise.

We gather together with you in prayer

bringing the joys and the concerns on our hearts.

We pray for those who are hurting and sick:

May your healing love surround them and fill them

with all that they need.

We pray for those who are grieving the loss of loved ones:

May we embody together your comfort and your peace.

We pray for the needs of a hurting world,

shelter for those who are unhoused;

food for those who are hungry;

a just wage for workers and their families;

companionship for those who are lonely;

calm and peace for those who are anxious.

We pray for the global and national challenges

that we face together:

for an end to pandemic;

sustaining strength for those serving so faithfully

in healthcare professions;

for a dismantling of unjust systems,

including systemic racism;

for ways of living,

that heal the planet we have damaged

to the point of climate emergency

and threshold of climate collapse.

We bring these concerns,

asking that you show us

how we can serve together with you

in your work of

re-creating the world –

shaping and molding and enlivening

a sustainable, loving world,

re-purposed to bring

justice and healing and freedom

for all people

and all creation.

We thank you for the gift of each other,

and for the gift of life to live together with you.

With one voice, we join our voices

with all who have ever called on you,

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.

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