Prayers of the People

We invite you to pray with us this week.

Come, Holy Spirit, take and transform our societies—that broken people find healing; that lonely people find love; that bitter people find peace; that fearful people find hope.

Holy Spirit, may you infiltrate our hearts and our souls so that we may do what you require of us—to do justice, to love mercy, and to walk humbly.

So Holy Spirit, we cry out against the continued violence and racism against black and brown bodies. We grieve the loss of our brother George Floyd. May you comfort his family and all of those who grieve and who seek justice. We confess the ways that we directly or indirectly empower racism. We cannot fix this alone; we need your guidance! Heal our hearts so that we can empower a society in which all your people can live safely.

Holy Spirit, may you give hope and care for those who are living with anxiety now. For those worried about their finances, their health, their relationships in the midst of this pandemic. May your peace that surpasses all understanding give us comfort and rest.

Holy Spirit, fill our lives with your presence—so that more and more every day, all that we do and say will be an act of worship to you and an expression of love to others, to the glory of your son, Jesus the Christ, 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.

Associate Pastor Werner Ramirez offered these Prayers of the People on May 31, 2020, the Day of Pentecost.