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Prayers


What to Pray?

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.

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What to Pray For:

  • For Terry; and Joan, Dan, and all caring for Terry.
  • For Wayne following his accident, and Donna and all who are caring for him.
  • 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 still recovering from the storms this season, especially those in wake of hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria.
  • 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.

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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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