Associate Pastor Kate Dunn offered these Prayers of the People on Sunday, March 19, 2017.
Gracious and loving God, we pray for the courage and wisdom to honor you in the everyday activities of our lives.Calm the distractions that always seem to be present with us: our emotional unrest, our physical struggles, our financial worries, our challenging relationships, our grief over loss of loved ones, even our fears about our own mortality. We pray that nothing will have the power to push us off your path, or prevent us from awareness of the many blessings you bestow.
Jesus, our friend and redeemer, as we walk this Lenten journey with you, we remember that even while you felt the threat of looming betrayal and injustice, physical pain and even death, you continued to teach, and to pray, and to heal, and share meals and conversation with your friends. We pray, Jesus, that you help us stay focused on your love, and the fact that you loved us so much that you came to be one of us, that you do not keep removed from us, but continue to walk beside us, and dwell within us, our creator, our foundation, our hope.
Holy Spirit, we trust in your presence here with us, and your presence throughout the world. We know there are many, many places where people suffer through illness, and natural disaster, and war, and famine. Give us courage to bear witness, and guide us to respond with faith, through our resources, our thoughts and our actions. We also know that throughout the world you inspire hope, and promise new life, extravagant acts of generosity and courage. Every day, you create infinite new opportunities for all of us to learn to love.
We thank you for calling us your beloved children, and promising us your abiding presence and everlasting love. In confidence and with gratitude, we offer up all these prayers of concern and thanksgiving to you, praying now as you taught us, 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.