We invite you to pray with us this week.
Holy and Everlasting God, we humbly reach out to you with praises and our concerns for our community and world. At this time, we do our best to let go of our fears, our waves of anger, and our cynicism and to trust in your steadfast love. Yet, if anyone is willing to hear our groans and pains that need to be transformed, it is you, the loving one who listens and hears.
So we confess to you that at times we are angry, and we say things we do not mean. We want to hate our neighbors. It is easier to dismiss the ones that do not think like us. It is easier the blame others for our problems. It is so much easier to do that; in fact, we want that. Can you make that happen, God? Can you help us hate our neighbor?
Of course, you won’t because you desire for us to be like you. Give us the tougher but better road to be compassionate, gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in love. You have shown to be that kind of God, and we trust in your unfailing love.
As we trust in you, we pray for those who deal with pain. Whether it is physical, emotional, spiritual, or any other type of pain, may you bring peace and healing to those that are hurting.
Comfort those that are grieving and experiencing the loss of loved ones, relationships, jobs, safety, and security. Restore to them the joy of your salvation.
Holy God, for those of us living and or working in Manhattan, we experienced the full event of the General Assembly of United Nations. As the barriers are lifted, and national leaders leave the city, we are reminded to pray for them. We ask that your wisdom may be engrained in their heart. May they on take on holy attributes in their decision-making and execution of orders. Turn their hearts to compassion, peace, and justice, especially for the marginalized.
We lament how refugees from Afghanistan, South & Central America, and Haiti are being treated in this nation. Your beloved children are not being seen or treated with human dignity, and we cry with them on empty promises of hope given.
Give us and the nations the tools and empathy to enact your commandment to love the stranger.
Again, we say to you, good and gracious God, we trust in your unfailing love. Give us confidence and joy in all that we do, for we offer our lives and our prayers to you in the name of Jesus Christ 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 September 26, 2021.