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Prayers for the Week of September 24, 2023

Please feel free to join us in the prayers prayed in worship Sunday, September 24, 2023:

Welcoming God,

you have created us in love,

made us for life lived in community,

given us the gift and challenge of living life together.

You accompany us in all our coming and going,

in wilderness wandering,

in plenty, in hardship, in our everyday striving.

In every moment and aspect of our life,

you are there.

You are here.

We give you thanks and praise.

Help us accompany each other –

those we know, and all those we encounter along the way –

as you accompany us.

Help us to see the humanity and dignity of each person;

help us to meet the deep human need of the world;

help us enter into and transform the systems that shape our world.

We pray for the transformation of every system that harms.

We pray for the end of systems that oppress,

and especially American systems of racism.

We pray for the transformation of our immigration system

that harms through its dysfunction.

Dismantle what needs to come down, repair what can be repaired,

and show us the work that is ours to do.

We pray for the global ecosystem,

for a planet we have damaged.

Teach us healing, sustaining ways

that lead to always to more life.

We pray for those who are unhoused, for shelter.

For those who hunger, for food enough and more,

For those who are ailing in body or spirit, healing.

For those who mourn, comfort,

For those who are lonely, companions along the way.

Help us accompany each other.

Help us welcome the stranger.

Help us care for the vulnerable in the midst of us.

In community with all you have created, with everyone who has ever called your name,

we pray 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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