We pray to you this day to remind us that you have called us individually and as a people as your children. That collectively we make up the body of the living church and no one is above the other, but we are equal.
Open our hearts, our minds and our spirits to all you would have us do and remind us that when Jesus said, “do this in remembrance of me,” it was an invitation to live all ways like Him. That we should love all, as Jesus did. Remind us, that with every chance meeting, we have the opportunity to leave an impression that could be life changing.
In these troubled times, guide us to be the agents of change you wish us to be, to lift each other up. May we open our ears to hear each other, open our eyes that we may see the beauty of each of our sibling’s souls and may our tongues only tell truth – Your truth.
In your many holy names,Amen
Prayer submitted by Bob Niehaus Bob has recently been approved for ordination. His home church is aChruch4me MCC in Rogers Park, IL, USA
“Let us pray for all the people of the world, especially those that allow love to occupy their entire heart despite the adversity they continue to face. Give omnipresent courage to the ones who work daily to restore hope and light.
God, allow your radical acceptance for all people echo through every country. Grant each and every person the ability to feel compassion and love with the magnitude that you feel compassion and love for each of us.
Help us seek moments and positions to promote positive influence. Grant us the power to pull marginalized individuals from the margins and onto the stages and pulpits so that we may learn from their experiences. Encourage us to build communities of action-oriented love.
We ask this in all your holy names. Amen.”
Prayer submitted by Cole Foust King Of Peace MCC St. Petersburg, Florida, USA
God of Diversity, Universal One,
All our cultures and nations are created in Your image
We cry out to you in languages spoken, signed, and written,
We cry out to you in the painted image and the sound of music,
And you receive it all in love.
Grant that we may see You in everyone around us
In the languages and cultures we inhabit, and in the ones we don’t understand,
In the people we agree with, and those we disagree with or fear,
In the heart of every spirit on our glorious world.
Grant that we may learn to share You with one another
In word and deed, thought and action,
So that together we can bring about the New Realm you promised,
Where the lion lies down with the lamb
The stranger is welcomed with open arms
And the children live without fear.
Prayer submitted by Rev. Kate Harford University Chaplain and Pastoral Care Lead Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, UK.