A privilege of being a Christian is to pray regularly. We never pray alone, for whenever we pray we join the prayer of the entire Church on earth and in heaven. Let us join together during this opportunity beginning with a moment of silence adding our voices to the many. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Bless this congregation: its people and programs; its decisions and vision; its worship, service, and fellowship. Make our every word and action like clear crystal, through which the radiance of Jesus’ love shines unimpeded upon everyone we meet. Make it a place where all may come, and be fashioned into the very image and likeness of Christ. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Bless the suffering of your persecuted Church, by uniting it to the redemptive death and glorious resurrection of Jesus. Give them the grace to boldly speak your truth. Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness sake. Let them offer forgiveness that may soften and change the hearts of those who hate them. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Bless the lives of young and old. Deepen our faith. Expand our discipleship. Equip us to do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with you. Give all that are blind to the living presence of Jesus opened minds and humbled hearts. Lead them from the darkness of delusion and the shadows of temptation, into the glorious light of your goodness and grace. Blessed are the pure of heart. Through your Spirit, enlighten the minds of this world and its leaders to seek your truth; and purify hearts to delight in doing your will. Change us from enemies of you, of one another, and of the created world, into your loyal children, sisters and brothers to one another, wise and humble stewards of creation. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Bless this world, so that the sacrifices of those who stand in harm’s way to protect us may not be in vain. Blessed are the peacemakers. Especially we pray for Drew McCowen and Alex Sabel. Let their actions shine with valor and honor; and grant them healing when they fall, and joy when they return home. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Bless the lives of all who sit in the shadows of suffering, whether of body, mind or spirit. Especially we pray for all known and unknown, on our church prayer list and upon our hearts. Grant that Christ, the Sun of Righteousness, may rise upon them with healing in his wings. Let their pain be turned into dancing; their fear into hope; and their despair into unshakeable faith in your love for them. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Bless our beloved dead into your care– especially Pat Bosworth and Karen Crowdsen – knowing that you have brought them from death into life, their sin and brokenness into holiness, and all their limits into unbounded delight in your infinite wisdom and goodness. Blessed are those who mourn. Speed the coming of that day when we shall be all in all and know the unimaginably fulfillment of your promise. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Bless and preserve us in Your grace and truth, that we might be confident of Your blessings now and each day of the coming week. Guide us to keep our eyes towards the kingdom of heaven. We lift up these prayers up to the only One, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.