Prayers of the People

We invite you to pray with us this week.

Gracious and loving God,
we give you thanks and praise
for all the joys and blessings
that accompany this gift of life:
a sun that rises and sets, the stars of night,
a world of various climates and changing seasons,
the music of children’s laughter,
the presence of a trusted friend,
the spark of creativity that blazes with life,
even in the midst of daunting trials;
quiet moments to commune with you.

Through all the challenges we face in our lives and in the world,
protect within us a holy space for gratitude,
for remembering our blessings.
Build a nest within our hearts in which we may rest in you.

For our world, we pray for resilience
and healing as we face an ongoing pandemic.
We pray for those who mourn,
for those on the front lines working to save lives,
for all people recovering from illness,
for those affected by this pandemic’s economic ramifications:
job loss, struggling businesses, financial stressors.
We pray for parents juggling work and their children’s education,
for those in leadership,
and for all those who simply want to shake hands again
or hug someone they love.

We pray for our most vulnerable neighbors,
those without safe and secure shelter or food,
those in prison and their families,
refugees and migrants seeking a future with hope.

God, many of us face division and insecurity, fear and distrust,
within our own families and neighborhoods,
within our church and country, and in so many places of the world.
We find it so easy to let ourselves get riled up over one thing or another,
and to think harsh thoughts about people
with whom we find ourselves divided.
Save us from bitter judgments that corrupt our own souls
and unkind thoughts that take up too much space in our hearts.
Create in us a clean heart, O God.
Put a new and right spirit within us,
So that we may see all our neighbors as you see them and as you see us:
beloved children of yours.

We lift up these prayers in the name of your son, our Lord,
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. Kate Dunn offered these Prayers of the People on October 25, 2020.