Seminarian Morgan King offered these Prayers of the People on Sunday, June 25, 2017.
God of creativity, of imagination, of vibrant and abundant life, we thank you for your presence in this place today. We thank you for your word and that you continue to speak to your people. We thank you for the assurance of your love and your devotion to a people whose hearts stray far from you.
God of understanding, we come to you this day with many requests. Our hearts long for peace in what seems like never-ending terror. We hear every day of death, destruction and division both in our nation and elsewhere. We grieve the lives of so many precious children of God lost to violence. We see victims of prejudice, of racism and of hatred. And yet we remember your many promises to comfort the suffering, the lonely and the heartbroken that call us to a faith marked by justice, community and love.
God of the rejected and unwanted, today we pray specifically for the ones in our community whose sexuality or gender may have barred them from jobs, communities and even love. We’ve seen their burden, we’ve witnessed their struggle, we’ve heard them cry out, even unto death. And yet we remember again your promises that call us to a faith of understanding, embrace and welcome.
God of mercy, we choose to listen to your voice that inspires not hatred but love. We choose to follow your son’s example of service and acceptance. We choose joyfully and willingly to welcome all fully into your holy Church. We choose to celebrate all people as members of your creation.
God of mystery, we come to you today as our ancestors in faith have come before us. We remember your covenants of old and yet we listen to you for a new word. We remember your edicts and guidelines, written down in your holy scriptures, but we continue to look to you for direction and a new way forward. We remember especially your promises to keep, renew and bless your people.
To the one who calls each one of us by name, we turn in faith. To the one who never abandons, rejects or disowns, we cling. To the one who brings peace, we direct our souls. To the one who welcomes each and everyone of us, we pray in the name of your son, Jesus, 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.