Prayers of the People | April 15

Lord God, we gather together as your doubting, faithful people. We bring all kinds of disbelief with us, but we are here. We pray uncertainly, but we pray.

 

We have not seen… but we believe.

 

Sometimes the things we have seen so strongly contradict our convictions that our prayers become endless questions: “Why? How? When? Are you even listening?” You say you hear our groanings. You say you love us, would give us every good gift. You died – not for our sins only, but for the whole world. Like Thomas, we would prefer proof. Where is the God of signs and wonders? Show yourself! Let us see your hands and feet and side! Grant peace to the world you love so much! Speak, so that we know you hear us!

 

We have not seen… but we believe.

 

In the midst of our doubt, we pray for the world. God, feed the hungry. End injustice. Assist the helpless. Protect the vulnerable. Stop war. Heal broken bodies and minds. Replace greed with compassion. Replenish the air, earth, waters.

 

We have not seen… but we believe.

 

In the midst of our doubt, we pray for the church. God, strengthen your people around the world to do the tasks you have left for us to do: to love one another, to care for orphans and widows, to forgive debts, to declare good news, and to make disciples of peace.

 

We have not seen… but we believe.

 

In the midst of our doubt, we pray for our communities. God, make st. benedict’s table a family that cares for each member well. Multiply the loaves and fishes in our baskets for Agape Table, so there is always more than enough food to go round. Give us the grace to include people in our circles, rather than exclude them.

 

We have not seen… but we believe.

 

In the midst of our doubt, we pray for ourselves, and for those whose needs are on our hearts. We name aloud those who suffer.

 

God, take our brokenness, our loves, our deepest needs, and care for them as only you can.

 

We have not seen… but we believe.

 

In the midst of our doubt, we pray for the dead. God, many we love have left this life, and we do not know where they have gone. Care for them, be gentle with them, grant them all the good things you promise your children. Comfort us as we mourn. Give us peace when we face our own deaths.

 

We have not seen… but we believe.

 

Amen.

 Written by Mari Raynard and offered in worship on April 15

One Response to Prayers of the People | April 15

  1. Maryrose says:

    “God has no hands but ours”…. What is God’s responsibility, and what is ours? Is our disbelief a result of not seeing God act to change all the wrongs in this world, or a result of our own impotence to affect the change we pray for so diligently? How does God heal “brokenness” – through transcendent miracle of grace or through his children who, through their own brokenness, have a passion for healing others (no less a miracle of grace) and actually get involved in the lives of other broken people?

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