The Prayers of God’s People — August 2, 2020

The Prayers of God’s People — August 2, 2020

Gathered together as the people of God in Christ Jesus, we pray for ourselves, for our community, and for our world using the prayer refrain, Lord, in your mercy …. hear our prayer.”

Holy God … we give you thanks that you have are gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. While we – for our part – are constantly tearing apart relationships which you have woven together, you have revealed yourself to use as the re-weaver of those same relationships. May we worship you daily for all your graciousness to us.

   Lord, in your mercy …. hear our prayer.

Holy God … we lift before you today those throughout our nation who serve as teachers and educators. May they – amid these challenging moments – be guided so as to best care for their students, themselves and their co-workers. And we especially pray for educators in our own community … including those who we name in our hearts.

   Lord, in your mercy …. hear our prayer.

Holy God … we lift up before you those facing economic hardship amid these days of COVID-19. For those who serve in the hospitality industry … those who work in retail shoos and stores … those who wonder and worry about how they’re going to pay their next month’s rent.

   Lord, in your mercy …. hear our prayer.

Your Spirit helps us in our weakness and intercedes for the saints according to your will. Help us when we do not know how to pray. Give comfort to the dying, refuge to the weary, justice to those who are oppressed, and healing to the sick … especially those whom we name in our hearts before you now.

   Lord, in your mercy …. hear our prayer.

Holy One … we thank you for the life and service of Will Tissue who died earlier this week, as well as for the promise of new life that you are now sharing with him in all its fullness.  Bless those to whom Will was especially dear, including wife Sharon and daughters Sandy and Kim.  Maye they know the comforting presence of your spirit of peace.

   Lord, in your mercy …. hear our prayer.

Into your hands, Gracious God, we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in your mercy, through your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord, who taught us to pray:

Our Father who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us,
and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever.
Amen.