Prayers of the People

We invite you to pray with us this week.

Great God, we gather near and far, locally and internationally, to hear from you, to meet with you, to bear witness to the evidence of your good works today.

Whether we find ourselves in this moment filled with gratitude and love or anxiety and distrust, out of faithfulness, we’re here to thank you, to worship the one who helps us in our unbelief, grateful for your many blessings, seen and unseen.

God of creation, you call each one of us blessed. No matter our identity, you name us beloved. You declare us worthy.

Anchored in the truth of your radical acceptance and love, Embolden us to be a church that is truly the House of God, proclaiming loudly and faithfully that all are welcome, now and always.

Help us to be a prophetic voice of hope for a people too often lonely and tired.

Called to loving relationship with our brothers, sisters, and friends in Christ, we ask that you send your Spirit, which brings unity and welcome, never division.

Compassionate God, enliven our senses such that we might recognize your presence in every person we encounter. Open our ears so that we may hear you in the myriad of voices just outside this chapel.

Clear our vision so that we may perceive your character, your life, on every face we see. Soften our hearts such that our own spirit would kneel before your Holy Spirit who dwells in every human.

Gracious God, we pray that you would help us as we strive to be a church busy about your Kingdom. For all of these things, we pray in the name of your son Jesus 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. Dr. Patricia Kitchen offered these Prayers of the People on June 6, 2021.