Trusting God’s promise of new life, we pray for the renewal of the church, the world, and all of creation.
Send your Holy Spirit upon your church. Awaken in us renewed commitment to our baptismal promises: to build community, to worship together, to share our faith, to serve others, and to work for justice and peace.
Forgive us for the ways we have caused creation to suffer. Inspire creativity as we explore new ways of reducing our consumption of earth’s resources. Restore forests and waterways. Replenish the habitats of all endangered and threatened species.
Call all nations to the repentance that leads to life. Empower legislators to craft laws reflecting your commandments to love and serve. Bless police officers, firefighters, paramedics, and first responders who put themselves at risk to care for others.
We struggle not merely against flesh and blood but against powers and principalities; create in us a new mind and heart that will enable us to see brothers and sisters in the faces of those we meet. Teach us not to be color blind but color-amazed and to create a Church that embraces the hopes and fears of people of color where we live, as well as of those around the world.
Make your home among us and shelter us from storms of death, mourning, crying, and pain. Draw near to those who weep and to those who are lonely. Restore health and wholeness to those who suffer. We pray especially for those we name aloud now or silently in our hearts…
We give you thanks for those who carry out a ministry of hospitality, and all who extend a hand of peace to neighbors.
You promise new life for all the faithful departed. Renew us in faith and hope until the day death is no more, when you will dwell with us in the new heaven and earth.
We commend these and all our prayers to you, O God. Come near to us with your saving help, for the sake of Jesus Christ, our risen Lord.
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