Trusting in Christ’s passover from death to new life, we pray for the church, those in need, and all of God’s creation.
God, most holy and humble, plant in your church Christ’s spirit of humility. Remove any barriers preventing us from seeing his saving work on the cross.
You reveal your will for all creation through stones, seas, mountains, and meadows. In the splendor of what you have made, show us your care for everything, both great and small.
Rescue those who suffer torture, and free those held captive by others. Bring to light the hidden systems that perpetuate injustice among your people.
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.
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.
Pour courage and hope into people who feel like they are wasting away in distress and grief. Restore their trust in you, even as you meet their every need. We pray especially for those we name aloud or silently in our hearts…
Open our hearts and minds to receive the words that you speak. Give us words to encourage the weary and to sustain one another in word and deed.
Gather your saints into the new covenant that Christ has established for all creation. When we fall into sin, continually renew us until Christ dwells with us again in fullness.
Attend to the needs of the whole world with your saving grace, and lead us all into new life; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
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