Tyringham Road and Rte. 23, Monterey, MA Worship Time: 10am Sundays


Prayers


What to Pray?

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.

 

——————————————————————–

What to Pray For:

  • For Terry; and Joan, Dan, and all caring for Terry.
  • For families with children whose lives are full of challenges, and for the decisions they make in seeking health.
  • For Mary, in HospiceCare.
  • For our international relations, especially with North Korea.
  • 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 suffering famine in South Sudan and everywhere else.
  • 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 the globe 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.

——————————————————————-

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.

 


Latest Sermon: August 13, 2017--"Thinking Twice" Download Text Download Audio |