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Prayers for the Week of July 11, 2021

Please feel free to join us in the prayers we prayed in worship, Sunday, July 11, 2021:

Holy God,

you have created us in love,

empowered us to love each other and your world,

and welcomed us into your liberating work.

With our ancestors in the faith,

and all creation,

we praise you

in word and silence and song,

with guitar, piano, violin, and voice,

maybe even with a little dance,

with our whole selves,

with our whole lives,

with the work we do in the world,

with our love.

We love you back,

and we give you thanks and praise.

You love us so much

that before a prayer is on our lips,

you know it completely,

and even so, you invite us

to speak our prayers to you.

And so we pray for all those who are hurting in the world.

We pray for voices too long silenced,

that everyone’s story be spoken and heard and valued.

We pray for liberation from every system of oppression,

particularly from systemic racism and gender oppression.

Help us see and name our part in these systems and their intersections,

to listen and be led by those who have been harmed the most,

and to join the work of healing and repair.

We pray for all who are ailing in any way.

We pray that your healing love will surround them

and fill them with all they need for each day.

Show us how we might embody your tender mercy.

We pray for those who are unhoused, shelter,

for those who are hungry, food

for those who are lonely, companionship,

for those who are grieving, comfort.

Help us welcome each other and everyone,

expansively, in ways that value every person,

and work for the dignity and well-being of all.

We pray for your world,

and for the discipline

to respond to the climate emergency we have created.

Lead us into better ways of living

that bring healing to this parched earth.

In Jesus Christ, you save us and the whole world

from everything that does us harm.

May we embody faithfully

your loving, saving, healing work

blessing the world you love.

As we lift our voices in prayer this morning,

we join the mighty chorus

that the morning stars began,

joining our voices,

with the voices of everyone who has ever called on you,

praying 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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