We invite you to pray with us this week.
Gracious and compassionate God, you see us when others don’t. You see our pain, our anger, our sadness and our joy. You see where we’ve been and what we’ve done, and you still love us. You go out of your way to let us know that we are yours. You inspire us to say, “Come and see this God who knows us.”
Lord, teach us to see others the way you see us. To see their pain, their anger, their sadness and their joy. Give us your eyes to see others as you see them, as beloved children of God. Teach us to go out of our way so that they might know that they are yours.
We pray for those who do not feel seen. For those who are struggling with all that life has thrown at them. For those who are battling illness and addiction and don’t have the support they need. For those who are nearing the end of life and no longer have friends and family to visit them. For those who are lonely. For those who are brokenhearted.
We pray for our country. That those in power would truly see the needs of the people and respond to them in love. That those who are downtrodden and oppressed will not only be seen, but heard and listened to.
We pray for our city. For those people we will encounter when we leave this place. For those who so many walk by every day without so much as a glance or a smile. Give us the strength to look people in the eyes and acknowledge their humanity.
We pray for our church community. That we might be a people who say to others, “Come and see this God who knows us.” Let us live into this truth: that we are seen and known and loved by you.
We pray all of these things in the name of the one 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.
Jaime Staehl, director of Christian Education, offered these Prayers of the People on Sunday, July 21, 2019.