Sunday Prayer (inspired by Psalm 111)

Used as a pastoral prayer that led into the Lord’s Prayer

With our whole hearts, we praise you, Lord.

We lift up our alleluias as people who gather to sing and proclaim,

As people who gather to confess and to remember Your redeeming work

As people who gather read and tell of your mighty works,

of your faithfulness and

of your grace.

 

All glory belongs to you, God.

You are gracious and compassionate.

You provide for us all that we need,

Remembering your promise to hear when we call,

To answer when we knock, and

To reveal yourself when we seek you.

 

You have revealed your power to us in so many ways:

You heal the sick

You calm the frightened

You bring peace to the grieving

You change the course of our lives

 

We ask that you reveal you power again today for those on our hearts and minds….

(names given by congregation listed here)

We lift these names to you.  To you they are much more than names-

They are your precious children

They are parents, sisters, brothers, children, bosses, employees, aunts, uncles…

They are yours.  You know every detail of their lives, far better than we do.

You know their needs.

 

We can trust you with our prayers,

not only because we know you have the power to answer,

but because we have seen that you are faithful and just.

The promises we claim today are the same as those your

people have claimed across the generations

 

Through your Son, you have redeemed your people.

You bring beauty and good from what we -in our brokenness and ignorance –

have intended for evil.

And in time, you will redeem the world,

Bringing an end to death

And the beginning of an eternity of worship

When every tribe, tongue and nation will sing songs of praise

 

Until then, we wait.

 

Help us not to spend our days looking up at the sky.

Send your Spirit that we might see the world as you do,

Fill us with your compassion for those in need

Of shelter, of a friend, or of an advocate

Send us to the brokenhearted, the discarded

and those who are hungry for the transformation only you can bring.

 

While our hearts cry Come Lord Jesus,

let our hands reveal your presence in the world we inhabit.

We ask these things in the name of Jesus…

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