June 10, 2007

Prayers of the People

Martha Langford, Pastoral Resident

O God, our Sovereign, how majestic is your name in all the earth!

God of light and truth, you are beyond our grasp or conceiving. Before the brightness of your presence the angels veil their faces. With lowly reverence and adoring love, we acclaim your glory and sing your praise, for you have shown us your truth and love in Jesus Christ.

O God, our Sovereign, to you we lift these our prayers.

Out of the mouths of babes and infants you have founded a bulwark because of your foes, to silence the enemy and the avenger.

God of justice and mercy, you made all things in your wisdom, and in your love you save us. We pray for the whole creation. Overthrow evil powers, right what is wrong, feed and satisfy those who thirst for justice, so that all your children may freely enjoy the earth that you have made and joyfully sing your praise.

O God, our Sovereign, we pray for justice.

When we look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars that you have established, what are human beings that you are mindful of them, mortals that you care for them?

God of steadfast loving-kindness, you do care for your children. You came to us in Christ Jesus to break down the walls of hostility that divide us. Remove hatred and prejudice from us and from all people, so that your children may be reconciled with those we fear, resent, or threaten. Speed the day when wars will end and when your commonwealth will be made manifest on earth.

O God, our Sovereign, we pray for peace.

God of comfort, in your mindfulness you bear the pain of the world. Look with compassion on those who are sick and those who love and care for them. Stand with those who sorrow, that they may be sure that nothing in death or life, or things present or things to come shall separate them from your love.

O God, our Sovereign, we pray for healing and wholeness.

You have made human beings a little lower than God and crowned them with glory and honor. You have given them dominion over the works of your hands.

Creator of all, you entrusted the earth to humankind, yet we disrupt its peace with violence and corrupt its purity with greed. Prevent your people from ravaging creation, that coming generations may inherit lands brimming with life.

O God, our Sovereign, we lift our prayers for your world, using the words

Our Father . . .

With adaptations from the Book of Common Worship, 52, 99, and 103.