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Prayers


What to Pray?

Living and Loving God, give us grace to cast away the works of darkness and to put on the armor of light. Fill us with an assured urgency that we are invited on a pilgrimage wherein we’re each and all of pressing importance; you call us to come and see your revelation of love, and you enlist us to the crucial purpose of your kingdom come amidst your beloved creation.

We hear the contradictions in this: that your victory is assured and that our service is essential, that your invitation is one of gracious calm and of intense demand. You hold us and fill us, while you also conscript us and send us out on a mission whose stakes are high.

Bless us, then, that we be careful about your power and discerning about your commissioning. Inspire us that we might know well and wisely how to live and serve in zeal. Forgive us when indolence takes hold, or your call doesn’t compel us. Forgive us when we march off in the wrong direction or take up arms of violence rather than truth. Forgive us, renew us, and send us forth again for the sake of your gospel of love and justice, truth and peace. 

All this we pray, made bold in your son Jesus Christ, and made powerful by your Holy Spirit, who together won’t leave us alone, and for your sake. Amen. 

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What to Pray For:

  • For Barbara; and Dick, Cindy, and all caring for Barbara.
  • For Wayne following his accident, and Donna and all who are caring for him.
  • For our international relations, especially with North Korea, and Israel and the Palestinians.
  • For our society, that we might hold kindness as an aim and value; that we might remember those most vulnerable and commit ourselves to caring for them.
  • For all who incarcerated, and who are moving through the criminal justice system.
  • For those who resist dominant narratives of capitalism, consumerism, and militarism, in favor of God’s kingdom of grace, generosity, and shalom.
  • For refugees around the world, and all who are affected by war and conflict.
  • For a peaceful and just society, and for honest speech amidst the new administration.
  • For those affected by the environmental traumas in California–people, pets, and wildlife, all.
  • For all who affected by terrorism, and for those enthralled to deadly ideologies.
  • For those suffering cancer and other disease; for those nearing the end of their lives, and those who love and care for them.
  • For all who suffer mental illness; for those who are depressed, afraid, or disconsolate.
  • For Earth as at warms, for we who are living through these changes, and for all peoples and economies that they might do what needs to be done to lessen the damage.
  • For those who have no one to pray for them.

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Why Pray?

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 liz@goodman.md, 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.

 


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