We invite you to pray with us this week.
Holy and righteous God, your love is a love that will not let us go. Your grace is a place where our weary soul can go to rest in the knowledge that we are your beloved. Thank you for that. When everything in this world becomes hectic, we know that for even a split second, we can become silent and breathe your spirit to be reminded that you love us, care for us, and will not let us go.
As we reflect on this past week, there is much that we bring to you in prayer. Many of them are laments. We pray for thousands of people affected by the earthquake in Afghanistan & Pakistan. We cry out for the thousands of lives lost and for the survivors figuring out how to survive in the aftermath. Be with the helpers trying to make their way through the rubble to rescue people. Comfort the brokenhearted and restore people with your peace.
Holy God, as the news from the supreme court came out this past Friday, I confess that I personally do not have the right words for what to say. What I know is that I have seen women and queer people shaken and scared after this decision.
We pray for the strength for those who are shaken. We pray for liberation for those whom this directly impacts. We pray for a safe place to grieve for those who need a place to be sad. We pray for courage for those with power to not control people in their agency to choose what is best. For you, God, are the God of our conscience and have given us the gift of our own moral agency. Give us the tools to discern what is best without infringing the rights of people, as this especially hurts the poor and marginalized. God of mercy and grace, hear the prayers of the brokenhearted and feel their pain. Compel us for change.
And on this Pride Sunday, we thank you for this place where we affirm our LBGTQ+ siblings. What a wonderful reflection of your love and inclusion in this beautiful celebration. We pray for those who do not feel affirmed and loved because of who they are. We have claimed that you are a love that will not let go, so show your love to them through people who carry banners of hope. We pray for the brokenhearted, the depressed, the lonely everywhere, and especially within the LBGTQ+ community. Remind them that our world is better off with them here.
Thank you, God, for you have been good to us. Thank you for that amid heartache that your grace sustains us from breaking. Although souls may be hurting, souls will not be crushed because you hold us in your arms of love.
We pray all of 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 offers these Prayers of the People on Sunday, June 26, 2022.