We invite you to pray with us this week.
Gracious and loving God, you are the way and the truth and the life. You claim us as your children and call us to follow you in paths of righteousness. We are here today because we hear your call, and we are here because we need your help. Hear our prayers, God.
For the weary, grant rest. For the frightened, grant courage. For the lonely, grant friendship.
For those who suffer in body, mind or spirit, grant healing. For the grieving, grant comfort. For the despairing, grant hope.
For those in prison, grant the assurance of your presence. For the refugee, grant safety. For the hungry, grant nourishment. For the homeless, grant safe shelter. For this planet, grant resilience and renewal.
For all who long to know your will for them, for all who long to know you hear their prayers, for all who seek to love you and their neighbor, for all who work for justice, truth and peace, grant strength for the journey, step by step and day by day.
Trusting in your presence, mercy and steadfast love, we join in prayer with the psalmist, whose words speak truth to our hearts, generation after generation. Guide our steps, O God. Shine your light on our path. Reveal your truth to us, and teach us wisdom. Let us hear joy and gladness. Create in us a clean heart, O God. Put a new and right spirit within us.
All this we humbly ask in the name of your son, 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.
Associate Pastor Kate Dunn offered these Prayers of the People on Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019.