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 26. We invite you to join us in these prayers over the course of this week:
Sovereign, loving God,
You created us and all that is in love,
and you have loved and accompanied your people
across the generations.
We give you praise.
We thank you for the community of saints
from every time and place.
We thank you for our ancestors in the faith,
we thank you for the lives they lived in you,
we thank you for their work for justice, healing, and peace –
work that they have entrusted to our care –
may we live up to their trust and embody their faith in you.
We thank you for loving us in Jesus Christ
for entering into this world, into embodied life,
and living the life we live.
We trust that you are present with us now, in the power of your Spirit,
and so we bring to you the cares and concerns of our world:
We pray for our planet – for your good creation
forgive us the destruction we have wrought
that has brought us into climate emergency
and give us willing hearts to help you tend and mend the earth.
We pray for those suffering natural disasters,
raging wildfires in Australia,
continuing earthquakes in Puerto Rico.
We pray for the people of China and Wuhan province
as they respond to the growing corona virus epidemic.
Bless doctors, nurses, and public health officials
as they work to contain its spread.
We pray for healing for all who are sick, and for all who are living in fear.
We pray for our nation, and its leaders
We pray for Senators, and Representatives, and the President.
May you fill and equip our leaders
with honesty, and integrity, and courage,
all that they need for the living of these days,
and for living into embodied, ethical, and moral leadership –
leadership in which raw power is checked and balanced –
leadership that works first and foremost and always
for the well-being of the most vulnerable in our midst.
And we pray for the needs of families and individuals.
We pray for all those who are grieving,
and especially this morning for the Baumsteiger family and this church,
as we grieve the death of Diane Baumsteiger,
and gather this afternoon to celebrate her life,
and lean into the sure hope of Resurrection
that we have in Jesus Christ.
We pray for all who are struggling
with all that life brings our way,
help us to embody your love and compassion,
for and with each other,
and for the world you love so much.
Trusting that you are here, and everywhere, and that you listen to our prayers,
and that you have done so from the beginning of time,
we join our prayers, in eternal prayer,
with the prayers of everyone in every time and place,
who has ever prayed 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.