Worship

Prayers of the People

We invite you to pray with us this week.

Associate Pastor Kate Dunn offered these Prayers of the People on Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019.

Gracious and loving God, you created us in your image, claim us as your children, and call us to love you and love each other as you love us. We lament the many ways we sin and fall short of your glory. As we wrestle today with the painful reality of gun violence, which has cut short so many lives and broken so many hearts, we ask that you hear our prayers of lament. Knowing you love all of us and each of us, we lift up the names of just a few of your beloved children killed by guns in the last 12 months.

We lament the death of college football player and Brooklyn native Najee Ali Baker, shot at a college party last Jan. 20.

We lament the death of geography teacher, Scott Beigel, one of 17 killed at Florida’s Stoneman Douglas High School last Feb. 14.

We lament the death of 17-year old Dorian Harris, shot and killed in a Memphis corner store last March 29.

We lament the death of 5-year old Amonzel Binion, who accidentally shot himself last July 27 in Anchorage, Alaska.

We lament the death of 97-year old Rose Mallinger, one of 11 worshipers killed in Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life Synagogue on Oct. 27.

We lament the death in Chicago of 21-year old Christian A. Robinson, shot while sitting in his car just eight days ago, on Jan. 5, 2019. 

God, we also lament all those who have ended their own lives with a gun. We cherish their memories and pray for your healing embrace around all grieving loved ones who have died by suicide.

God, we remember all those whose lives have been changed forever by gun violence. Some sustain permanent bodily injuries. Some have lost loved ones whose absence will remain a gaping wound. Some live in fear for their own lives and those they love. We commend them all to your loving care. We thank you for the resilience and courage of survivors and ask for your healing presence with all those in need of healing.

We lift up to you the perpetrators of gun violence, knowing that they too are your beloved children. We pray for their families, whose lives have also been shattered, who are well acquainted with suffering and grief.

God, we lift up in thanksgiving first responders, firefighters, police officers, EMTs, security guards, medical personnel and others whose duty often calls them to scenes of violence. We ask that you protect them and undergird them in the work they have undertaken.

We lift up to you our civic leaders and ask that you grant them wisdom and discernment in their policy making, willingness to engage in honest conversation with those with whom they disagree and determination to do their best work for the welfare of all people.

God, we lift up to you, your Church. Grant us wisdom and courage. Inspire us to use the time and talents you have bestowed to work for healing in this broken world. Shake us from despondency, empower us to face our fears, encourage us with hope for a future
in which all your children will turn their swords into plowshares, and live into the holy peace of your beloved community.

All this we prayer in the name of your son, our Lord, 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.