Worship

Prayers of the People

We invite you to pray with us this week.

Oh listening God, we lift to you now the prayers of your people. 

Holy One, God of new life, we give thanks for the glory of your presence in our worship, that no matter where we are, you see fit to draw us together in community. Knit us together and teach us to serve each other as you taught your disciples, trusting you will feed us, trusting you will be with us even when we least expect you. And like your disciples, oh God, when we draw up empty nets expecting nourishment, help steady our faith and direct our paths towards your living waters.

Turn our hearts towards the bursting of new life in our midst in this season! Point us towards the buds of new leaves, towards the softly falling cherry blossoms, towards the birds who hop among new grass. Turn our eyes to you, Oh God, in each springtime signal that life rises after death. Let them, too, be a reminder to us of our calling to be stewards to the beauty and the thriving of your creation. Through all of the phases and conditions of our earth, empower our elected leaders and all of us to act with courageous and hopeful action, not just for we who live today but for the generations to come. 

In this Easter season, we celebrate the miracle and the mystery of our risen Christ. Let us see resurrection in our midst, oh Lord, and grant us the courage we need to work towards the miracle of resurrection here on Earth. Grant us life after fearful diagnosis. Grant us renewal where it’s needed in our relationships and professional lives. Grant us lasting, true peace in all places of conflict and war. Holy One, you call on us to see beyond our distances or our fear and to see our neighbor as ourselves. 

We pray you help us in this time of division to cease all our separations, across borders, bars, or walls, beyond religion, race or politics. May we act as though we know our suffering and our joy are bound to our neighbor’s. 

We pray all of this 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.

The Rev. Natalie Owens-Pike, Director of Ministry to the Online Campus, offered these prayers of the people on Sunday, April 7, 2024.