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Prayers for the Week of November 15, 2020

Please feel free to join us in prayer this week with the prayers we prayed in worship, Sunday, November 15, 2020:

Loving God,

Creator of all that is,

You have spun the Earth around the sun,

and this world on its axis,

giving us seasons, and tides, and dusk, and dawn,

the pulsing of this world,

the rhythm for our living –

You create us for life,

and for living together,

and you sustain us in your love.

We give you thanks and praise.

We come to you in prayer

in the midst of a hurting world.

We pray in the community and legacy

of all those who have gone before.

We pray for humility and

presence of Spirit to stay woke.

We pray for an unleashing of imagination.

We pray for a world suffering in pandemic.

We pray for those who have felt

the gut blow of loss,

we pray for them:

time to grieve, and rage, and weep, and love,

for comfort in remembering,

and in your love, stronger even than death.

We pray healing for those who are sick,

We pray for those in the healing professions,

as they labor beyond all reasonable expectation

to save life and comfort the afflicted,

amid surge upon surge.

Gird them with strength,

and the gratitude of our hearts.

We pray for ourselves and for the world

for better collective sense to live lives

disciplined to protect each other.

We pray for an end to the centuries-long

pandemic of systemic racism.

Give us courage and the will

to dismantle what needs to be torn down,

and to build up and repair,

a world that serves the dignity of all people,

that honors and sustains Black lives,

that embodies your law of love.

We pray for the needs of this aching world –

food for those who are hungry,

shelter for those living outside,

companionship for the lonely,

peace for the troubled in spirit,

and for justice in our day.

We pray for the Earth itself,

reeling in climate emergency.

In a world we may have damaged beyond repair,

help us find ways of living that lead to more life,

sustainable life, rebirth, and healing.

Connected with all you have created in love,

we join our voices with all creation,

and all those 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.

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