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Prayers for the Week of January 30, 2022

Please feel free to join us in the prayers we prayed in worship Sunday, January 30, 2022:

Creating God,

for the beauty of all your creation,

we give you thanks and praise,

for birds, and trees, and sky,

for oceans and all creatures that call the waters home,

for the creating and re-creating of us,

for the life you give us to live together,

for the miracle of the Milky Way and molecule,

for every living thing,

for the beauty of all your creation,

we give you thanks and praise.

Leaning into your abiding love,

we pray for all the parts of the world that we have broken.

We pray your healing for the warring spirit of nations,

particularly in the Ukraine,

and the powers threatening violence there,

give us hearts for peace.

We pray for the dismantling of structures and systems

we have built and too long maintained --

systems of racial, and gender, and economic injustice.

Bring unjust systems down,

and us with them if necessary

to stop the hurting and harm of people,

so that out of the rubble,

we might build with you something good and true.

We pray for all who are hurting –

we pray healing for those who are ailing in body or spirit,

shelter for those who are unhoused,

food and resources enough for those who are hungry or poor,

companionship for those who are lonely.

We pray for your aching world,

for an end to pandemic,

for the repair of the earth we have damaged.

Give us the discipline and wisdom

to find sustainable, healing ways of living.

For the beauty of your earth and all you create,

for this life,

we give you thanks and praise.

Show us what you have created us

to do and be in this world,

how we are fearfully and wonderfully made.

Call us into our place in the family of things,

welcoming each other

into an even deeper experience belonging.

Together, with all whom you have created and called,

with all who have ever called your name,

we 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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