Prayers of the People | November 18

As we come into a time of prayer, we start in silence,   for silence allows for listening,   and listening is the beginning of prayer.  We  are already in closer communion with God than we know.*

Almighty God, we give you thanks for the church: an assembly called out in diverse forms throughout the world.  In your spirit, give to your children, everywhere we gather, the full assurance that faith brings, to guide and instruct and  bless.   

Lord in your mercy,  Hear our prayer.

Awesome God, in homes and communities nearby and throughout the world, there is dread and injustice.     Hold us, Lord, unswervingly to the hope that we profess; turn us away from our self-centered-ness, and towards every place where people are hurting; towards ever richer relationship with your people and with you.  

Lord in your mercy,  Hear our prayer.

Protecting God, we hold up to you those whom we hold dear, and those we do not know.  Comfort all who are unwell in body or anxious in mind.  Trusting in your grace, Lord, we name aloud or in our hearts those whose needs are known to us  (silence).  Teach us, O God, to trust in and live out the healing power of forgiveness.  

Lord in your mercy,  Hear our prayer.

Infinite God, grant peace and eternal rest to all who are dying, and, in your mercy hear our lamentations for all we have lost.   Lead those who grieve to find hope in you.  Even amidst our sorrow, remind us that we are surrounded by a great company of seekers, saints, and witnesses to what you have promised.   

 Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.   

 

In the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, Amen.

 

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