Prayers

Below are the Sunday Prayers we read during Worship Service.

  • sunday, may 8 - easter 4

    Set free from captivity to sin and death, we pray to the God of resurrection for the church, people in need, and all of creation.

     

    Faithful Shepherd, make your church a place where all who come are welcomed and loved and made to feel that they belong in your flock.  

    God, in your mercy (hear our prayer).

     

    Feed your people at the table of your creation.  Make a safe place for those who live in environments that are dangerous or unhealthy.  Prosper all that you have created for the sake of every living thing. 

    God, in your mercy, hear our prayer

     

    Guide those in authority to walk with you along the right path.  Help them to lead with humility and compassion.  Bring peace to our world, especially in Ukraine. 

    God, in your mercy, hear our prayer

     

    Seek out those who weep while they await healing or consolation especially those on our prayer list and those we name in our hearts.  Set people in their path who can provide the care they need.  Wipe away every tear from their eyes. 
    God, in your mercy, hear our prayer

     

    Warm the hearts of all who celebrate and all who mourn on Mother’s Day.  Open us to receive your nurturing love from all who serve in mothering roles.   
    God, in your mercy, hear our prayer

     

    Inspire us to walk together, as one family, beside the still waters, finding joy and comfort in belonging to your precious flock.  Make us one with the great saints from every nation and peoples.  Guide us all to the waters of life. 
    God, in your mercy, hear our prayer

     

     

  • sunday, april 24 - easter 2

    Set free from captivity to sin and death, we pray to the God of resurrection for the church, people in need, and all of creation.

    Holy God, equip your church to respond to our doubts in a way that strengthens our faith.  Make us into witnesses as we go and tell others of your abundant love.  God, in your mercy.  (Hear our prayer)

     

    Renew our commitment to take care of your creation responsibly.  Invite us to recognize and nurture signs of resurrection life in the natural world. 
    God, in your mercy, hear our prayer

     

    Direct those who are given authority to lead with humility and compassion. By your Holy Spirit channel their attention toward serving those who are most in need.  

    God, in your mercy, hear our prayer

     

    Restore peace among the people of our world, especially in Ukraine.  Lift up leaders who seek ways to end the conflict and provide safe haven to refugees.  

    God, in your mercy, hear our prayer

     

    Uphold your children who cry out to you especially those named on our prayer list and in our hearts.  Wherever people are overcome by the fear of death, breathe into them your life and peace.  Whenever they are overcome by grief give them hope in your glorious resurrection.  

    God, in your mercy, hear our prayer

     

    Inspire those who lead your people in worship and praise. With joyful motion and sound, send us forth with praise that we cannot keep to ourselves.
    God, in your mercy, hear our prayer

     

    Give us the words of your saints who, like Thomas, boldly confessed your Son as Lord and God.  With Jesus our leader, empower us to live according to his ways. 

    God, in your mercy, hear our prayer

     

  • sunday, april 17 - easter sunday

    On this day of resurrection joy, let us offer our prayers for ourselves, our neighbors, and our world.

    Renewing God, the good news of your resurrection changed the world. Inspire us to lean into the power of Christ and to respond to the needs of the world.  Fill us with the same excitement as the women at the tomb and walk with us as we proclaim your message to the generations to come.

    Lord, in your mercy, receive our prayer

     

    Sustaining God, your creation abounds with signs of new life in budding trees and blooming flowers. Protect fragile blossoms from spring frost and provide fertile soil, ample sunlight, and nourishing rain for the growth of plants.  

    Lord, in your mercy, receive our prayer

     

    Sheltering God, strengthen and sustain all who support vulnerable people across the world especially the people affected by the war in Ukraine. Empower agencies and organizations to provide for refugees and migrants forced to flee their homelands.  Lord, in your mercy, receive our prayer

     

    Encouraging God, you are always doing a new thing among us. Send us as your healing presence to places of hunger, pain, illness, and overwhelming sorrow.  Today we pray especially for those we name on our prayer list and in our hearts. 

    Lord, in your mercy, receive our prayer

     

    Surprising God, we give thanks for the endless ways you provide for us to delight in your grace – for inspired preaching, worship volunteers, music and flowers that move our hearts during our time together.  Give this community of faith a sense of joy and wonder in exploring new avenues of faith formation, worship, and discipleship.  

    Lord, in your mercy, receive our prayer

     

    Resurrecting God, you make us alive in Christ. Thank you for blessing us with faithful witnesses who now rest in you.  

    Lord, in your mercy, receive our prayer

  • Sunday, april 10 - palm sunday

    Drawn close to the heart of God, we offer these prayers for the church, the world, and all who are in need.

    We pray for the church that it be a place guided by Christ’s example of radical inclusion – in service to God and for all people regardless of their backgrounds or social status.  


    Merciful God, receive our prayer.

     

    We pray for the earth and all its inhabitants, created in love: Help us to recognize your divine goodness in the world around us. Rouse in us a reverence for creation, that we take greater care of its resources.  Bring spring rains and warm sunshine to reinvigorate the earth scorched by the destruction of war. 

    Merciful God, receive our prayer.

     

    We pray for peace in Ukraine.  Give strength to those who defend their country; enable safe passage for innocent civilians fleeing the dangers; comfort all who mourn the loss of loved ones, homes, and livelihoods.  

    Merciful God, receive our prayer.

     

    We pray for those in positions of authority called to lead with integrity and compassion:  Supply them with courage to persevere when challenged.  Deliver them from fear so as not to impede justice.  

    Merciful God, receive our prayer.

     

    We pray for those who suffer, waiting expectantly for mercy and consolation: Accompany those who feel abandoned or betrayed, defend those who are wrongly accused, and embrace those who are incarcerated or detained. Heal those who are ill especially those we name on our prayer list and in our hearts.   

    Merciful God, receive our prayer.

     

    We pray for this congregation and Christians around the world who are preparing this week to journey with Jesus to the cross and empty tomb.  Reveal to us once again the earthshaking power of humble service, unmerited forgiveness, and sacrificial love. Lead us all from death to life.  

    Merciful God, receive our prayer.

     

    We remember those who have died and who rest in your mercy.   Remember us when we come into your kingdom.  

    Merciful God, receive our prayer.

  • sunday, April 3 - lent 5

    Drawn close to the heart of God, we offer our prayers for the church, the world, and all those in need.

     

    God of love, do a new thing in the church. Make it a place of giving and service in the world. Free us from paradigms that no longer serve the gospel and bring forward leaders who imagine fresh ways of doing ministry. Give us courage in the face of change. 


    Merciful God, receive our prayer.

     

    God of the universe, do a new thing for creation. Reverse the trajectory of climate change and environmental catastrophe. Revive habitats already impaired by human disregard. 


    Merciful God, receive our prayer.

     

    God of peace, do a new thing in our world. Make a way for peace and collaboration among the nations.  Break barriers that prevent political enemies from working together for the well-being of all. 


    Merciful God, receive our prayer.

     

    God of hope, do a new thing in the lives of refugees.  Comfort those who flee their homeland. Lead them to safety and into the arms of those who will receive them with love and comfort. 


    Merciful God, receive our prayer.

     

    God of comfort, do a new thing for those who suffer. Reveal a path for any who are unemployed or underemployed, for those experiencing homelessness, and for all who struggle with money. Comfort those who grieve and restore those who are sick, especially those on our prayer list and who we name in our hearts.  


    Merciful God, receive our prayer.

     

    God of grace, do a new thing within us. Lead us to serve our neighbors with acts of love.  Direct us into encounters that broaden our understanding of the human experience. Amplify voices that are ignored or devalued. 


    Merciful God, receive our prayer.

     

    God of mercy, fill us with the knowledge of Christ and the power of his resurrection as we give thanks for all the saints who have gone before us.


    Merciful God, receive our prayer.

     

  • FOR SUNDAY, MARCH 27, 2022

    Drawn close to the heart of God, we offer these prayers for

    the church, the world, and all who are in need.


    We pray for the church around the world in all its forms as it responds to the great needs of the people in crisis. Let it be the living sign of your faithfulness and love.


    Merciful God, receive our prayer.

     

    We pray for the health of this planet and the well-being of its creatures: for lands impacted by droughts and at risk of wildfires; for fig trees and vineyards that produce fruit for our nourishment and delight; for animal habitats threatened by climate change; and for all who work to sustain it.   


    Merciful God, receive our prayer.

     

    We pray for peace in our world, especially in Ukraine:  for insight and compassion to those who seek to broker a peaceful solution to end this war; for courage and strength to those who risk their lives to stand against the war – both Ukrainians and Russians; and for safe harbor to those who must flee their homes. 


    Merciful God, receive our prayer.

     

    We pray for those who call upon you for mercy: for all who live in poverty and experience hunger; for any who feel tested beyond their strength; for those who are hospitalized or near death, and for all in need of healing especially those we name on our prayer list and in our hearts.   


    Merciful God, receive our prayer.

     

    We pray for the advocacy efforts of this congregation: for those whose faith leads them to speak difficult truths and engage in difficult conversations with policymakers; for those who promote mercy over vengeance or retaliation. Guide us to change our hearts and minds and set aside everything we know to return to You and one another.   


    Merciful God, receive our prayer.

     

    We pray and give thanks for those whose earthly journeys have ended. With all the saints, we praise you for the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.   


    Merciful God, receive our prayer.


     

  • FOR SUNDAY, MARCH 20, 2022

    Drawn close to the heart of God, we offer these prayers for

    the church, the world, and all who are in need.


    We pray for the church around the world in all its forms as it responds to the great needs of the people in crisis. Let it be the living sign of your faithfulness and love.


    Merciful God, receive our prayer.

     

    We pray for the health of this planet and the well-being of its creatures: for lands impacted by droughts and at risk of wildfires; for fig trees and vineyards that produce fruit for our nourishment and delight; for animal habitats threatened by climate change; and for all who work to sustain it.   


    Merciful God, receive our prayer.

     

    We pray for peace in our world, especially in Ukraine:  for insight and compassion to those who seek to broker a peaceful solution to end this war; for courage and strength to those who risk their lives to stand against the war – both Ukrainians and Russians; and for safe harbor to those who must flee their homes. 


    Merciful God, receive our prayer.

     

    We pray for those who call upon you for mercy: for all who live in poverty and experience hunger; for any who feel tested beyond their strength; for those who are hospitalized or near death, and for all in need of healing especially those we name on our prayer list and in our hearts.   


    Merciful God, receive our prayer.

     

    We pray for the advocacy efforts of this congregation: for those whose faith leads them to speak difficult truths and engage in difficult conversations with policymakers; for those who promote mercy over vengeance or retaliation. Guide us to change our hearts and minds and set aside everything we know to return to You and one another.   


    Merciful God, receive our prayer.

     

    We pray and give thanks for those whose earthly journeys have ended. With all the saints, we praise you for the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.   


    Merciful God, receive our prayer.

     

  • FOR SUNDAY, MARCH 13, 2022

    Drawn close to the heart of God, we offer these prayers for

    the church, the world, and all who are in need.


    God, our Light and our Salvation, you gather the church to be a community of mercy and grace. Unify Christians around the globe in efforts to stand firm as they proclaim your good news even in the face of opposition.


    Merciful God, receive our prayer.

     

    God of all creation, hinder those who cause destruction to our planet’s fragile ecosystems. Strengthen the efforts of those who advocate for the thoughtful stewardship of the earth’s resources.  


    Merciful God, receive our prayer.

     

    God of all nations, you call us to set aside our fears and trust in you. As our world faces the impact of the war in Ukraine, raise up leaders committed to maintaining peace. Nurture in those who govern insight and patience, openness to new ideas, and courage to change course when needed for the sake of the common good.  


    Merciful God, receive our prayer.

     

    God of mercy, stand beside the people of Ukraine and strengthen their resolve.  Protect innocent civilians in harm’s way – the elderly, the mothers, and their children.  Guide them to safe shelter and comfort their fears. We also lift up to your care countries neighboring Ukraine. Aid agencies and all who contribute to the refugee relief effort.  


    Merciful God, receive our prayer.

     

    God of compassion, you hear us when we cry to you. Attend to all who are in need this day, especially those we name on our prayer list and in our hearts.

    Merciful God, receive our prayer.

     

    God of joy, you bring light to our lives and kindle faith that moves us to action. Instill in us greater capacity to love those who are difficult to love and give us a renewed sense of vocation in the days ahead. 


    Merciful God, receive our prayer.

     

    God of grace, you welcome us into your heavenly realm. We give thanks for those whose labors on earth are ended and who now rest with you. On the final day, gather all of us, with them, in your loving arms.  


    Merciful God, receive our prayer.

     

  • FOR SUNDAY, march 6, 2022

    Drawn close to the heart of God, we offer these prayers for

    the church, the world, and all who are in need.


    Lord God, we pray for your church.  Sharpen its proclamation of the Word so that we are not led into temptation.  Guided by the Holy Spirit, strengthen all who fight against evil.  


    Merciful God, receive our prayer.

     

    We pray for the earth and all its creatures.  Protect land and all living things in the path of destructive forces.  Bring strength to those who work to renew all that has been damaged.  


    Merciful God, receive our prayer.

     

    We pray for the nations of the world.  Awaken world leaders and government officials to the needs of those who are oppressed.  Grant them compassion to deal mercifully with immigrants and refugees who seek safety.  Today we pray especially for the people of Ukraine and their neighbors in Eastern Europe.  Give the Ukrainian people strength to prevail in the face of the Russian invasion.  Grant all leaders wisdom to find a way to stop the injustice and destruction. 

      
    Merciful God, receive our prayer.

     

    We pray for those in need.  Be present with those experiencing mental illness or contending with addiction.  Ease the anxiety of those who live with dementia. Comfort the fears of children everywhere, especially those who have been separated from their homes and parents.  Command your angels concerning all who are sick especially those named on our prayer list and in our hearts.  

    Merciful God, receive our prayer.

     

    We pray for this assembly.  Bless those who are present in this space and those who join us remotely.  Walk with us on our Lenten journey in the wilderness and help us to resist temptations that threaten to take us off our path toward You.  


    Merciful God, receive our prayer.

     

    We give thanks for those who have died in faith.  Gather them with all the saints into your heavenly dwelling place.  As we call upon your holy name we cling to your promises that out of death comes life.  


    Merciful God, receive our prayer.

     

     

  • for sunday, feb 27, 2022

    The Spirit of the Lord is poured out upon us in abundance; so we are bold to pray for the church, the world, and all that God has made.  


    Shine on us Lord. Transform us by your greatness and send us down the mountain to share your light with all people. Make us agents of change, confident that your hope will vanquish despair and your goodness will conquer evil. 


    God of Grace, receive our prayer.  


    Shine on your creation Lord.  Dazzle us with your presence in every aspect of our world.  Fill us with your spirit to protect and enhance all that sustains us. 


    God of Grace, receive our prayer.


    Shine on the darkest parts of your world Lord.  Lift up leaders who seek peace, justice and equity among all people.  Today we pray for peace in Eastern Europe.  Grant the leaders of nations wisdom to stop injustice and protect all who are affected by the tragedy of war, especially the people of Ukraine. 


    God of Grace, receive our prayer.  


    Shine on all who live in the darkness of illness, fear or sorrow. Give patience to those waiting for answers. Grant hope to those who have reached the limits of treatment. Give compassionate hearts to those who accompany loved ones through illness and uncertainty. Heal those who are in distress, especially those named on our prayer list and in our hearts.  


    God of Grace, receive our prayer.

     

    Shine on this family in faith Lord.   Keep us mindful that we must carry your light into the world whenever we leave this place.  This week as we enter the wilderness of Lent, bless all who prepare and lead us in worship during this change of season: our pastors, musicians, and all who assist in our worship.  


    God of Grace, receive our prayer.


    Shine on all who have gone to rest with Christ in glory.  Transform us in your glory, and give us your peace, that we may continue to serve as the saints who have gone before us.  


    God of Grace, receive our prayer.