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.
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 email@example.com, 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.