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Prayers for the Week of March 26, 2023

Artwork: “Unbind Him" by Hannah Garrity |

A Sanctified Art LLC ||

used with permission

Please feel free to join us in the prayers prayed in worship Sunday, March 23, 2023:

Loving God,

in the beginning,

your Spirit hovered over the chaos,

and you breathed your life into the world.

In the beginning,

you formed us from the earth,

and breathed life into our flesh and bones.

From the beginning,

you have loved us into life.

We give you thanks and praise.

Trusting in your love,

we bring you the concerns of our hearts,

particularly from the places of desolation in the world.

For the brutal war in Ukraine,

and for violence everywhere,

we pray for peace.

End our warring madness,

give us hearts of compassion end reconciliation,

humble great powers,

that all violence, all power-over, every oppression may end.

For the damage we have done to your good Earth,

we pray your forgiveness, and ask that you teach us better ways.

Cast our vision farther into the future,

that we might live in an expansive now

that embraces all the lives yet to come.

Open our lives and our leaders

to work bigger than our life span.

Into the dry and dusty bones of climate collapse,

breathe your life and your love,

that your world might live and thrive.

We pray for an end to every form and system of oppression,

particularly for an end to American systemic racism.

Help us to see clearly the systems of power-over,

our participation in them,

that we might stop, and change, and join the work of repair.

We pray healing for every hurt and ache.

For those who are unhoused and for those who are refugees,

we pray for shelter.

For those who are hungry, food enough and more.

For those who are lonely, companionship.

For those who are ailing, healing.

For those who are grieving comfort.

Into all our places of desolation,

breathe your breath, your Spirit,

that together with you and with each other,

we might find our way to life.

With all the generations who have called your name,

and with all the generations yet to come,

we join our voices with their voices,

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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