Prayers of the People

We invite you to pray with us this week.

Amazing God, just seven days later we are still reveling in the words that frame our faith and our very Christian identity: He is Risen, He is Risen Indeed. That stone has rolled back to reveal the infinite possibilities ahead—just as you continue to roll back the stones in our lives that weigh us down with worry and fatigue.

Amazing God, in this Eastertide, let us commit to using today and this week ahead to notice and listen to how you are using the Easter promise that changes everything. Let us recommit ourselves to being a voice for those who need it. Stretch us to a kindness we didn’t know we had. Let us be stirred to new lengths, to share boundlessly, to make a more just and peaceful world, to make this earth just a little more as it is in heaven.

In silence we share the prayers on our hearts.

Eternal God, we pray for a world in need of healing. We pray for brothers and sisters in faith in Sri Lanka—for their grief and resilience to rebuild ahead. Let them feel our support. We lift up our sisters and brothers experiencing homelessness, and pray for those who will rest their weary heads on pillows here in our church shelter.

Lord, we pray that we are always influencers of the love and values of what it means to be called Christian.

Together we pray the words taught to us by our teacher Jesus Christ, who taught us to pray…

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.

Parish Associate the Rev. Kellie Picallo offered these Prayers of the People on April 28, 2019, the Second Sunday of Easter.