Prayers

Latest Prayers

A listing of recently published prayers.

Last updated: 
February 27, 2017

Creating God,
Mother of us all.
We are your beloved,
     formed in your image and nurtured in the depth of your dark womb.
You breathed life into our flesh and sent us to do your work in the world,
to care for each other and for all of creation as we would care for you:
     our life and our breath.
Wherever we are in your world there are survivors, victims, bystanders, and perpetrators of gender-based violence.

Last updated: 
February 8, 2017

God of peace,
give us the courage, strength and perseverance needed,
to challenge the systems of racism,
so that we can clear a path for your justice, peace, and equity.

We believe racism is present
in our society and in our church,
and throughout time has manifested itself in many forms and in varying degrees.

We know racism is alive
in our language and in our structures,
and through our systems it actively works to deconstruct your glorious design,
blocking the path to justice, equity, and peace that Jesus brings.

Last updated: 
April 24, 2017

Eternal Creator,

Bless the lands bearing the enormous burden of Super Typhoon Nockten

And bless the people who love these lands and call them home.

With your help and guidance, may we work to:

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October 28, 2016

A prayer for the church inspired by John 17:21 and based on The United Church of Canada’s “A New Creed” and the United Church of Christ’s “Statement of Faith (in the Form of a Doxology).” Congregations are invited to share in this prayer on Sunday, October 18, 2015, in celebration of the full communion of these two denominations.

Last updated: 
October 24, 2016

God,
you are our hope, we shall not let go.
You help us seek peace, justice, hope, and dignity for Palestinians and Israelis,
You lead us towards courageous actions.

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October 14, 2016

Eternal Creator,

Bless the lands bearing the enormous strength of Hurricane Matthew, 
and bless the people who love these lands and call them home.

With your help and guidance, may we work to:

Protect the vulnerable and those most affected by the raging rainfall, flash floods, and landslides;

Strengthen those who are able to offer physical, emotional, and spiritual aid; and

Support our partners in ministry who will continue to serve the people and the land long after the storm has passed.

Last updated: 
September 19, 2016

God of love,

…why so much hate in your world?

God of forgiveness,

…how do we forgive a deranged killer?

God who loves us like a mother and a father, help us act out of compassion by following the example of your son Jesus. May we never forget that we are brothers and sisters of one family.

Be with those who have lost loved ones. Be with the wounded. May their bodies and souls recover from this deep trauma.

Help us not to seek vengeance but to work together to overcome our fears of “the other.”

God be with us.

Amen.

Last updated: 
September 19, 2016

Creator God, be with us in these times of trouble...

we are surrounded by images of violence from Orlando, Baton Rouge, Falcon Heights, and Dallas.

we are called to wrestle with how to respond to the devastation, death, fear, and hatred around us with compassionate and prophetic love.

we grieve for a cycle of violence that seems never-ending, and for a world that values some lives more than others.

we grieve for the dead and accompany in prayer and love all those who mourn the loss of life and security.

Last updated: 
March 17, 2017

Caring God,

Our failure to care for creation continues to cause pain and suffering beyond imagining.
Across Africa
     lush lands are becoming barren;
     water is becoming scarce;
     soil is eroding;
     livestock are dying;
     and people are in growing need of food assistance.

Last updated: 
March 17, 2017

During this holiest of weeks,

we are surrounded by images of violence, and we are called to wrestle with how to respond to the devastation, death, fear, and hatred around us with compassionate and prophetic love.

We encourage people to pray with all those affected by acts of terrorism, including
those who were killed or injured as a result of the horrific bombings in Brussels
those who mourn the death of loved ones
and those in our global and local communities who are the victims of violence and who mourn the loss of life and the loss of security.