O Lord our Governor, whose glory is in all the world;
O God, the Creator and Preserver of all humanity,
in Jesus Christ you taught us to pray
and to offer our petitions to you in his name.
Guide us by your Holy Spirit,
that our prayers for others may serve your will
and show your steadfast love;
And we pray for those in need of your healing this day:
For the sick, for the injured and hospitalized, and for those whose illness has isolated them from their community. Give them a spirit of healing and hope ....
For the outcast, and for those whom we have cast out through our action, or inaction. Shine a light on our prejudices, soften our hardened hearts, and transform us for loving service toward every Christ we meet ....
For those who mourn and weep. Let them stand firm in your promises, buoyed by your strength and care. Give them the comfort and assurance that nothing can separate them from your love.
Loving God, we pray for healing and hope to reign in this world. Where there is conflict and war, let there be peace. Where there is hunger and poverty, let there be abundance. Where there is distress and despair, let there be light, warm and unquenchable.
We pray to hear your words: “Follow me,” for they are words not only of discipleship, but of assurance — that as your disciples, we will never be forsaken. You will lead us, all of us, into unexpected places. Give us the courage to follow you each day of our lives. Amen.
Favor with good health and sound judgment our president, [name], and the members of Congress. Let petty party politics, mutual recrimination and self-justification yield to courtesy, forbearance and a paramount concern for the public weal. And let our national laws protect the weak, curb the strong and keep our nation as a beacon of liberty and a haven for the persecuted.
We pray for people who are physically or mentally disadvantaged. Help us to help them develop whatever resources they do have to the fullest.
Over and over your gleaming messengers speak through the Scriptures: "Fear not! Do not be afraid!" Angels have proclaimed courage to shepherds and beggars and kings, yet here we are, fretting with myriad terrors and dreads.
Forgive us when our anxiety stunts our faith and hardens our hearts. We admit that fear has crippled us at many points. We fear rejection, so we decline the opportunity to make a new friend. We dread appearing ridiculous, so we give up a lifelong dream. Because we fear embarrassment or ridicule, we play the silent coward. Because we fear change, we sacrifice opportunity. We fear heartbreak, so we opt for loneliness rather than risking genuine intimacy.
those facing surgery or illness or pain,
people who dwell in dangerous neighborhoods,
those who live where wars and terrors threaten the day and rule the night,
those who don't know what they will eat tonight or where they will sleep,
children whose homes are not safe and secure,
those who suffer mental illness,
those whose jobs are in jeopardy,
people facing death with dread.
God of Might, banish our fears, lighten our darkness and send us forth with brave hearts, for we ask in the name of the One who has conquered even the terrors of death and hell, Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
Prepare in us a warm and welcoming place,