Prayers of the People

We invite you to pray with us this week.

Living God,
Who breathes life into all things
It is in you we live and move and have our being.
After a long Lenten season, we thank you for life all around us. Let spring be a witness to
not as occasional, but as the way you have ordered our lives and world
As creation bears witness to this
would you draw our attention to how to care for the earth in the face of ecological Injustice.
We pray for those who are affected by the earths destruction in land displacement,
environmental racism, & lack of clean water. We pray for conviction for those who would see the
earth and its resources as disposable for their profit,
and we pray for ourselves as we are complicit in this attitude. Renew our minds and hearts so
we can participate in creation care as you would desire.
Christ, we ask that we would not forget
what and who you had been drawing us to see in Lent.
Even in the midst of celebrating resurrection, we pray for those whose celebration is clouded by
their circumstances. We pray for the Lonely, we pray for those growing anxious and impatient
while waiting for vaccine appointments. We pray for economic justice for the poor, communities
of care for the disregarded and overlooked.
We continue to pray for comfort, healing and protection for the sick and those vulnerable to
sickness. We pray for those mourning. Show us how to sit with their grieving and refuse to rush
their process.
Lord, as you welcomed Thomas in his doubts, we know you welcome us in ours. Give us peace
and assurance, despite our wandering hearts and minds.
We lift up all these prayers in the name of our risen Lord, 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.

Brooke Matejka offered these Prayers of the People on April 11, 2021.