Associate Pastor Kate Dunn offered these Prayers of the People on Sunday, April 15, 2018.
Gracious and loving God, we have gathered here this morning, each one of us, because you called us here from places all over the world. Some of us live very near. Some of us come from far away. Some of are here every Sunday. Some of us have walked through these doors for the first time. We find ourselves at different places in our life journey, and different places in our faith journey. But we are here, all of us, because in one way or another the spirit of the resurrected Christ appeared to us, and touched our hearts, and invited us to be in fellowship, that we might come to know him better, and love him and follow him. And so we are here.
Merciful God, you have blessed us in ways too numerous to count. We give you thanks for the gift of life, the gift of love, and the gift of passion in our lives and our loves. Thank you for friends who remain beside us in our times of need. Thank you for mentors whose wisdom gives counsel to our confusion. Thank you for surprising moments of joy, for unexpected tidings of peace, for good news in all its myriad forms. Help us to see and hear and acknowledge and remember your presence and your gifts throughout this day, and throughout all our days.
God, we are a people of needs and doubts and fears. Some of us cannot see the path to follow. Some of us face choices that bewilder us. Some of us wrestle with guilt that crushes our souls. Some of us have forgotten how to love. Some of us feel so much pain we can focus on nothing else. Some of us see the horrors humanity inflicts on humanity, and we feel our hope for the world disintegrating. Remind us, God, that this very world that experiences such confusion, guilt, pain, horror and despair is your world, the world that you love, the world you lived in as one of us. Remind us that you have hope and bring hope and are hope, and that you call us to follow you in hope.
Professing our faith that with you all things are possible, we dare to pray for your presence and your peace, your justice, and your will to be done, in our hearts, in this church, in this city and throughout the world. We lift up all these prayers in the strong name of our resurrected 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.