Associate Pastor Werner Ramirez offered these Prayers of the People on Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018.
God of infinite patience and wisdom, we come to you with so many things that claim our time, our energy, our resources, our very lives. We come to you looking for hope and rest. So we gather here, looking for that. We gather to worship you, but also to seek your presence. Therefore, loving Spirit, reveal yourself. Reveal to us your unfailing love, that we might be renewed in spirit, mind and soul.
For those with sorrow in their hearts or pain in their bodies and minds, may they know that you understand their suffering, and that you are there with them. But we also pray that you allow for their burden to be easier. Take care of the pain wherever it may be. Use your healing power to do your work.
We pray for those who have been affected by Hurricane Michael. We ask the restoring power of your love and compassion. We open our hearts in sorrow, gratitude and hope: that those who have been spared nature’s fury, as well as those whose lives are changed forever by ravages of wind and water, may find solace, sustenance and strength in the days of recovery and rebuilding to come.
And God of justice, as we see our country continue to be divided during this heated election season, may you remind us that our hope is in you. For those who can vote, may they ask for your wisdom, love and compassion as they enter into their civil duties. For those registering to vote, may you remind us that nothing matters but your kingdom, but because of your kingdom everything matters.
As we head into this week, grant us all the things necessary for our common life, and bring us all to be of one heart and mind within your holy Church, through Jesus Christ 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.