Saturday, June 6, 2020

Praying Together for Justice and Peace

On Sunday, June 7, we'll pray the following Prayers of the People, written by Rev. Suzanne based on Psalm 130. Won't you join us? 

In these days of strife and fear, let us pray with the words of the Psalmist

Out of the depths have I called to you, O Lord; Lord hear my voice. 

We pray, Lord, for all those who work for justice. We pray for those whose voices have gone too long unheard. We pray that you may turn our hearts towards our brothers and sisters of color and enlighten our minds to understand how we have, knowingly or unknowingly, contributed to their suffering and grief. 

If you, Lord, were to note what is done amiss, O Lord, who could stand?

We pray for those who work for reconciliation and for healing. We pray that you will give our leaders wisdom, patience, and restraint. We pray that you will inspire us to learn more and do more for the sake of justice and peace.  

For there is forgiveness with you; therefore you shall be feared. 

We pray for the Church and especially for the witness we offer in these troubled times. We pray for our bishops, and offer our thanksgivings for their prophetic words. We pray for all those who minister to the sick, the lonely, the desperate, and the despairing. We pray for preachers, that you will give them words to share today that will encourage and challenge those who hear them. 

I wait for the Lord; my soul waits for him; in his word is my hope.

We pray for the sick, the oppressed, and the needy. We pray for victims of looting and violence.  We pray for the unemployed, and for those who are afraid to return to work. We pray for healthcare workers and first responders. We pray for renewal in all the earth. 

My soul waits for the Lord, more than watchmen for the morning, more than watchmen for the morning. 

We pray for all who have died, and especially for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and all who have been victims of fear and racism. 

O people, wait for the Lord, for with the Lord there is mercy.

We pray for our own needs, and the needs of those we love. We pray for all on St. Mark’s prayer listThe people are invited to add their own petitions and thanksgivings

With him there is plenteous redemption, and he shall redeem the people from all their sins. 

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