Gracious God, God of all people and all history, God who is original cause and ultimate concern and for whom no circumstance is beyond your power to redeem and reconcile: you tenderly hold the whole world in your hands, bringing light to our days and hope to our hearts; you have provided for us, preserved our lives, and brought us to this place of prayer and peace.
Grant us eyes, then, to see your providential work in our midst; grant us hearts of faith to recognize you laboring in all things for good; and grant us words to bear witness to your reality and your faithfulness—to us, to your world, to all of time and all that is beyond time.
The world will deny your presence and your persistence; many will swear by your absence, your unreality; the silence you speak to the world that might be peace and solace is evidence of you as fiction; the freedom you grant us is evidence of you as phantasm.
Help us, then, to be evidence otherwise: that our gathering might be a revelation of your faithfulness, that our speaking your name might inspire others also to seek you, that the love we have on offer might be traced back to its source—You.
We pray this not that we might be proven right but that your beloved community might grow so to embrace all in the world, and that your reign of joy and peace might become the all in all. We pray this that we might participate in this building up, and we pray this in the faith that already it is so. In Christ, amen.
Prayer is one way we participate in a holding environment, as described here. We understand prayer as a way of holding others in mind, and remembering ourselves back to God, that we might know that we are all held in God’s mind.
Paul encourages the Church to pray without ceasing, to be a community of people who weep with those who weep and rejoice with those who rejoice. Such lived empathy is one aspect of the call of the Gospel, and we mean to respond to it.
It’s in this spirit that we open up this space for you to make your prayer requests or for you to access those already made, that you might join us in prayer: prayers of concern, prayers of joy, prayers of worship, prayers for whatever is on your heart and soul.
If you would like us to pray for you, or some person or circumstance you know, please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org, putting “Prayer request” in the subject line, and we will add your prayer to the list below.
If you would like to join us in prayer, hold the following requests in prayer at any time. And join us for “Virtual Vespers” as we pray individually, wherever we are, at some time on Thursday evenings.