Photo Credit: Inger Hewitt
Please feel free to join us in the prayers prayed in worship Sunday, November 13, 2022:
God of love and wisdom and life,
you created everything that is in love,
and you invite us into life
together with you and with each other.
By the power and presence of Wisdom,
you have created us with the capacity
to find ways of living that lead to more life,
always with you.
With all your creation,
we give you thanks and praise.
We bring, this morning, the concerns and prayers of our hearts,
knowing that before a prayer is on our lips
it is already known to you.
Help us to see more clearly the deep need of the world,
to say true things,
and to see our way to healing and life.
We pray for a world living in the midst of climate emergency,
your beautiful world that we have damaged to the verge of collapse.
Help us let go of all the ways we misuse and abuse the Earth,
and teach us ways of healing, repair, and restoration.
For a world full of violence and war,
we pray for your peace.
We pray for peace in Ukraine.
We pray for peace and justice in Israel/Palestine,
for an end there to systems of apartheid,
and a restoration of fundamental human rights.
We pray for an end to all systems that oppress, in every nation,
including in our own nation, an end to American systemic racism.
Help us see the ways we are complicit, and stop.
Guide us into ways of healing and reparation.
We give thanks this week for the elections –
for the freedom to have a voice in our government,
for the ways our democracy and freedoms
have proven to be robust,
even in the face of election denial, insurrection,
and concerted efforts to suppress the right to vote.
Give us courage and steadfastness
to continue to work so that all have free access to the ballot,
and for policies and laws that protect the rights of all people,
and serve and help the most vulnerable in our midst.
We pray for those who are hurting, for healing.
We pray for those who are unhoused, shelter and safety.
For those who are hungry, food enough and more.
For every child, all they need so that they can live and thrive.
For those who are lonely, companionship.
For those who are grieving, comfort.
Thank you for your enlivening, empowering presence
in every moment and circumstance of life.
Continue to show us your ways of wisdom,
your ways of living that lead to more life.
And as we travel together, with you,
we join our voices with the voices of all who have ever called your name,
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.