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Prayers for the Week of May 21, 2023

Please feel free to join us in the prayers prayed in worship Sunday, May 21, 2023:

Creating, loving God,

in you, we live and move and have our being.

You have created all that is,

every bit of creation,

giving us life and breath,

freeing us from everything that does us harm,

growing us together in love,

We are your own offspring,

we give you thanks and praise.

You have created us to inhabit the earth

in relationships of mutuality, justice, and peace,

and yet we have built a world

that too often causes harm.

And so, we seek your help.

We pray for a world we have damaged to the verge of collapse.

Help us see more clearly, in every bit of creation,

the nearness of you, your goodness, alive,

that we might change our ways

and inhabit this world,

in ways that helps make it habitable

for the generations of creation yet to come.

We pray for an end to violence everywhere.

Help us to see every person as fully human,

fully the offspring of God.

We pray for an end to every system of oppression,

and particularly for an end to entrenched systems of American racism,

and systems that harm on the basis of gender and gender identity.

Where we are complicit in those systems,

make us stop.

Draw our attention, and our will, and our work,

toward the dismantling of those systems,

and the rebuilding of a world.

We pray for the needs of the world.

For those who are hungry, we pray for food enough and more.

For those who are unhoused, we pray for shelter.

For those who are sick, we pray for healing.

For those who are lonely, companionship.

For those who grieve, comfort.

We give you thanks for the gift of Resurrection

pulsing with life in every bit of creation.

May you pour that Resurrection Spirit,

into all flesh, into all creation,

that we might have visions,

and dream dreams,

and shape with you a world

where everyone can live free.

In community with all you have created, with all who have every called your name,

we join our voices with theirs,

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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