Please feel free to join us in the prayers prayed in worship Sunday, June 25, 2023:
Holy God, Maker of heaven and earth,
you created all that is,
the sun, the moon, the stars,
every living thing,
every season of our lives.
Loving God, shepherding God,
you accompany your creation,
in all our going out and coming in,
loving us into life.
We give you thanks and praise.
Trusting in you,
out of the deep distress of the world,
we seek your help.
We pray for the people of Ukraine and the people of Russia,
in the midst of a senseless and utterly bewildering war
raged by a crazed despot,
we pray for your peace – for an end to violence –
for healing for all those deeply harmed,
for all those displaced,
a path of peace that will bring them home.
We pray for an end to systems of oppression
especially for an end to American systemic racism.
Help us to see the ways we participate in the harm,
Help us learn and join in healing ways
that repair and rebuild,
doing the work that is ours to do,
looking to the wisdom of those who have been harmed the most.
We pray healing for the harm we have done this planet.
The earth is yours and everything in it –
you’ve created all that is to live together
in loving relationship.
As we grieve the unraveling of our world,
help us learn sustainable ways of living together.
We pray with those who call to you
out of their distress.
For those who are unhoused, we pray for shelter.
For those who are hungry, food enough and more.
For those who grieve, comfort,
For those who are lonely, companionship,
For those who are hurt or ailing
in body or spirit,
we pray for healing.
Show us how we can come alongside you
and be part of your loving help.
Thank you for the communion of saints
who have called on you down through the generations.
We join our voices with theirs,
as we sing your praise, call on you in need,
and pray together 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.