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What to Pray?

Lord of all creation, you have made us as masters of your world, to tend it, to serve it, to enjoy it. Grant us grace and reverence for this position; grant us rest for ourselves, which is restoration for all you’ve made.

For six days we measure and build, we count and carry the real and imagined burdens of out task, the success we earn and the price we pay. As we might take a Sabbath rest, give us pause.

For six days, if we are weary or bruised by the world, if we think ourselves giants or cause others pain, there is never respite by which we might know what we should really be. As we might take a Sabbath rest, give us grace to receive time.

For six days we are torn between private greed and urgent need, between the foolish noises in our ears, the flickering pixels before our eyes, and the desperate prayers of soul. As we might take a Sabbath rest, give us understanding and peace.

Help us, Lord, to carry these lessons, of rest and time, of understanding and peace, into the work of our lives, which lately seems to know no bounds. Bless our labor that it might feed wellbeing, and bless what Sabbath we might embrace that it might restore us and all creation.

In Christ, who is Lord of the Sabbath and of all, we pray. Amen.


What to Pray For:

  • For traveling mercies on all who travel during this busy season.
  • For all struggling with illness or unwell-ness.
  • 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 refugees around the world, and all who are affected by war and conflict.
  • For those affected by the volcanic activity in Hawaii and Guatemala.
  • For all who affected by terrorism, and for those enthralled to deadly ideologies.
  • For those suffering cancer and other disease, especially Val; 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.


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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