Prayers of the People

We invite you to pray with us this week.

Holy God, it has been three full weeks into January, and many of us already feel like it has been a year. We have seen a vast increase in deaths due to COVID-19, an insurrection on this nation’s capital, and the anxiety of increased violence weighed on our hearts. 

God give us rest—breathe into us your Holy Spirit. May it energize us, rejuvenate us, and makes us agents of your love and peace. 

As this nation inaugurated a new president and vice president, we pray for them as we have always prayed for our nation’s leaders. May you guide their choices, and may they lead with empathy, compassion, and grace. 

This past week, The Rev. William Barber the II, at the Inaugural Prayer Service, reminded us that there had been breaches between what God wants for God’s people and what is reality. 

Holy God, we echo Rev. Barber’s prayer. Make us repairers of breaches. Please God, grant us wisdom, grant us courage, until the poor are lifted, the sick are healed, children are protected, and civil rights and human rights never neglected. Grant us wisdom for the facing of this hour until love and justice are never rejected.

Grant us wisdom and courage for the facing of this hour until, together, we make sure there is racial justice and economic justice and living-wage justice and health care justice and ecological justice and disability justice and justice for homeless and justice for the poor and low-wealth and working poor and immigrant justice—until we study war no more and peace and justice are the way we live.

We pray this in Jesus’ name 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.

The Rev. Werner Ramirez offered these Prayers of the People on January 24, 2021. *The Rev. William Barber II prayed a portion of this prayer at the Inaugural Prayer Service on Thursday, January 21, 2020