Pastoral Prayer – inspired by Ps 130

Gracious and Steadfast One,
we cry out to you and you alone,
believing that your ears are turned toward us
trusting that you will hear.

Our supplications tumble out, mingled with our praises
perhaps because we feel ourselves in the depths…
the depths of frustration
the depths of sorrow
the depths of exhaustion
the depths of business
the depths of distraction and even idolatry and sin.

The truth is, we cry out to you because we know you
We know that  – from the very beginning –
you have been creating, loving and reconciling.
You loved us long before we could return our love to you

As much as we think we wait for you, wait for a word from you
marking the days on the walls of our hearts,
You have actually been waiting for us –
Patiently, kindly, generously, faithfully waiting

And so we come, giving thanks and praise for who you are
offering up ourselves, honestly and simply,
believing with all our hearts that…
With confession comes forgiveness
With repentance, your restoration
Our seeking and watching leads us to your hope, which is deep and abiding
Our meager faith and faltering love calls out to your steadfast love and
great power to redeem…

All flowing from the depths of your grace

(insert community-specific supplications here)

For those in need of healing, of comfort and of your presence
For those in need of new beginnings and cleared records
For those in need of forgiveness and peace
For those in need of stability
For those in need of safety
We look up to you and ask simply and honestly for your help.

For those in seats of authority – over a few or over millions,
We look up to you and ask simply and honestly for your guidance

For those in places of war and violence
For those in households filled with anger and rage
For those who are confused or weep over decisions outside of their control
We look up to you and ask simply and honestly for your protection

For those experiencing joy and wholeness
For those buoyed by good news and walking hopefully for the first time in months
We look up to you and offer our simple and honest thanks

Would you keep us honest, keep us looking up, and keep us close?

We pray these and all those needs that have been left unspoken this morning in the name of Jesus, the Christ, who taught us to pray by saying….

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