Our visiting preacher and scholar, the Rev. Pattie Kitchen, offered these Prayers of the People on Sunday, June 18, 2017.
Gracious God, you hear us before we utter a word, and so we come humbly – yet bold in our belief– gathered in the stillness of this holy space.
As the body of Christ, we pray for ever-deepening faith, that it might lead us toward ever-deepening needs within our city, within our families, within our seeking souls.
Individually, and as a body of your pilgrim people, we pray for renewed hope. Cancer and loneliness, hard decisions, and the violence of both bullets and words tear at the seams of our lives. Frayed but faithful, we come to be still; to sing, to pray, to listen, to believe in the healing force of your love.
And so we pray for love – not for that which is scant nor sentimental – but for love that is earthy and genuine, strong and resilient. Love that feeds and clothes. Love that visits and forgives. Love that listens for the cry in the dark and moves in that direction.
In both calamity and celebration, you breathe hope into the lungs of our daily lives. And in that hope that will not give up, we encounter love that changes us, one day at a time, one relationship at a time.
For those of gentle strength and integrity who have fathered us – not only in homes, but in classrooms and boardrooms, on athletic fields, in shops, factories, kitchens and theaters – we pause and offer thanks, lest we take those who have shaped us for granted.
We pray all our prayers this hour, secure in the One who taught us to pray our Lord’s prayer together 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.