We invite you to pray with us this week.
Dear and true God, we call you by many names. We see you in many faces. We speak with you in many ways. Hear us as we come to you today.
God of all goodness, we come to you in gratitude. We thank you for the opportunity to worship in this place, for the gift of your holy creation, and for the various communities we are blessed to be a part of. You reveal your presence in our lives in so many ways. For that, we pause as we call to mind everything and everyone that we are grateful for today.
God of endless mercy, we come to you in humility. As individuals, as a society, we struggle to live up to your holy example, time and time again. We hate instead of love, we alienate instead of understand, we choose violence over peace. And yet you forgive us, you extend your mercy upon us, you challenge us every step of the way. For that, we pause as we reflect on how we can be better, how we can be more like you in the days ahead.
God of all possibilities, most of all, we come to you with hope. Hope that your Spirit is actively at work in our midst. Despite what we may think or what we may see, we build our hope on the holy truth that your goodness will prevail, your justice will be known. For that, Lord, we pause as we think about all we are hopeful for today.
Lord, not to us, but to your name we give glory. So in gratitude, humility and hope, for the sake of your steadfast love and faithfulness, we lift up our voices together, speaking the prayer given to us by your son, Jesus Christ…
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.
Executive Pastor Charlene Han Powell offered these Prayers of the People on Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019.