We invite you to join us this week in the prayers that we prayed in worship this Sunday, May 24:
Maker of the world,
Giver of life,
you have given us
another day of life to live for you,
and we give you thanks and praise.
You have given us life to live
in a world of complexity,
where so much feels uncertain and new,
and you have equipped us
with the power of love and imagination
and the abiding presence of your Spirit,
that frees us to live life together
beyond and through and round everything that separates us.
We come to you with the deep prayers of our heart.
We pray for an end to pandemic,
for healing, helping ways to make our way
through this season together,
mindful not only of our own pain and isolation,
but also of every person, in every circumstance,
living life behind every kind of door.
On this Memorial Day, we join our nation
in remembering and giving thanks
for all who have lost their life
in military service.
We pray for families and friends
who grieve today,
without access to the in-person rituals
that we use to hold our grieving and remembrance.
We give thanks for all who are called to public service,
and for all who work for the common good,
for those who work for justice and peace,
for those in the medical professions who work for healing,
for those who teach,
for those who feed the hungry,
for all of us in this season where we are re-learning
the power and necessity of collective action,
the life-giving experience of sacrificial living.
We pray for those who are incarcerated
behind the locked doors of prisons and jails.
Help us to remember them,
though they are hidden from sight.
Empower us to act for their health and safety and humanity.
Remind us daily to do the work
of dismantling the racism
that has plagued our nation from its inception.
Help us to know better
and to do better.
We pray for those who are living outside,
for shelter and enough to eat.
We pray for the Earth straining in climate emergency,
may we bring new learnings to the work of mending the world,
so that we might have the will
to flatten the curve of climate change.
We pray for those who mourn and grieve,
for those who are lonely,
may we be a comfort to each other.
Loved by you, and drawn together
with you and with all people
in every time and place,
we join together saying the Prayer that Jesus Taught:
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.