Seeking the grace, mercy, and love of almighty God, we offer our prayers for the church, for people in need, and for all of creation.
Compassionate God, call your people to stand firm as citizens of heaven. As we are humbled by your wondrous love, nurture such mercy in our hearts and ministries.
Display your faithfulness to creation in the changing of the seasons. Orchestrate the great song of praise that comes from rivers, birds, mountains, livestock, and wind.
Drown out the terror in the world with acts of lovingkindness and generosity. Release political leaders from pride and fear to act justly and to serve citizens.
Instead of recognizing and celebrating our oneness, we have divided ourselves into races, classes, colors, and nationalities; we have witnessed hatred, prejudice, and the denial of freedom and justice for all. Open our eyes and heal the brokenness of our nation and world that we would know that we are one, and help us overcome racism, bigotry, and hatred.
Creator God, today let us celebrate the uniqueness of each individual. May you show your children that they are all welcome and perfect in your image, lifting up their differences as gifts. Provide strength Gastonia’s Agape mission community to live their truths, by creating spaces that are safe and affirming to live, worship, and thrive in.
Rush to answer those who cry out to you in time of trial. Give shelter to your vulnerable children, and cover them in the comfort of your mothering wings. We pray especially for those we name aloud now or silently in our hearts…
Grant solace to people who long to be parents, but have faced difficulty in bearing or adopting children. Build life-giving parent and child relationships for the sake of all.
Build up your holy community of saints through the work of bishops and missionaries. Spread your word through your people for the sake of the world.
Reveal your will as you receive our prayers, and conform our ways to your ways; through the saving work of Jesus Christ our Lord.
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