Associate Pastor Kate Dunn offered these Prayers of the People on Father's Day, Sunday, June 17, 2018.
Holy God, our Creator, Redeemer and Sustainer, thank you for gathering us together on this warm June morning, and for this time set aside to be with each other and with you in prayer. We thank you for a moment of quiet amidst a season of busy-ness, a moment to turn to you with our needs, our anxieties and our hopes, trusting that you hear the words on our hearts.
Gracious God, on this Father’s Day, we thank you for our fathers, and for all men who filled a fatherly role in our lives. Bless the memories of the fathers we have lost, and bring healing to those relationships that need healing. Be with all the fathers in this congregation. Strengthen them with wisdom and patience, that they may guide their children with faith and love.
Be with all parents who struggle to provide for their families, and with all parents who find themselves separated from their children. We lift up especially the families who have been forcibly separated at the Texas-Mexico border, and we pray for your presence with those parents and children. Keep them safe, give them courage, and clear the path for them to be reunited. God, we pray for an end to poverty and violence that compel so many people to flee their own homes in search of safety and a future with hope. We pray for our lawmakers, that they may establish and enforce laws that protect the rights and dignity of everyone, especially the most vulnerable in our midst. We pray that you guide this congregation in the most faithful way to advocate for just immigration policies and for the needs of refugees.
God of grace and glory, power and might, make your presence known in all the troubled areas of our world where your loved ones are so in need of your good news, your peace, joy, strength, guidance and healing.
God, you call us to seek so that we may find, and knock so the door may be opened for us. Give us courage to ask for what we need, from our family, friends, our community and from you. Bring healing where healing is needed, courage for all who wrestle with fear, and hope for any among us feeling close to despair. As our program year draws to a close, and we transition into our summer schedule, we ask for your steady presence in the midst of change. We ask for traveling mercies for all who will be leaving the city, and for all who are remaining, the pleasure of long days, warm light and the gift of a slower pace. May these summer months bring rejuvenation and rest for the soul.
As we share a moment of silence to lift up to you the particular concerns on our hearts and minds, help us remember, God, that no problem is too big for you.
Trusting in your gracious presence through all the peaks and valleys of our lives, we pray all these prayers in the name of your son, our Lord, who taught us to pray, saying...
Our Father, 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 debts as we forgive our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.