Eternal God, sovereign of all, as we close out the church year we pray that we might end as you promise the end will be for all—gathered in, safe and loved, redeemed and saved, truly alive.
To profess you as king is to call into question all other allegiances and to cast in true light all worldly exercising of power. To live amidst your realm is not to have been conquered but to have been loved and therefore made to love. Your triumph isn’t of might but of peace.
Forgive us, then, the grievous times when we use your name to intimidate or menace. Forgive us our misunderstanding that your power resembles so much power as used, and abused, in the world. Forgive us that our theological imagining is informed more by the world and our own sinful nature than by the cross of your Son, whose self-giving love is the most powerful force of all.
Forgive us, and renew us for the living of these days, for the living out our faith, for the living into your promised end that might transform us here and now, each and all.
In Christ, our true king, we’re made bold to pray. 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.