Gracious God, source of life, divine creator of all, may we know your spirit and abide by your desire.
May we not succumb to that which seeks to distract us from You. May we have the same spirit of faith that our ancestors speak of, and yet a faith renewed and enlivened for the times we live.
We ask your mercy for all who suffer in mind, body, or spirit, especially for:
We ask for your grace, may it descend upon us, and help us tend to the injustices of the world. With your Spirit guiding us, may we mend the brokenness, especially the ways in which we contribute to them. We pray especially for those embattled in war or violence of any kind, and especially for those who:
We pray that we participate, as your hands and heart in the restoring all people to the dignity with which you created us. May we do this your sake, so that your grace, may extend to more and more people, as you work in and through us. May our thanksgivings and gratitude increase. We pray in gratitude for:
And, when we lose heart, when it seems as if our very nature is wasting away, may we be reminded of your love, and thus renewed day by day.
May we always give glory to you, O God. Amen.