Let us join our hearts and minds as one in prayer. When you hear the words “Faithful Friend and God of Love,” please respond with “Hear our Prayers”.
God of our lives, you are always turning the world upside down, challenging us to follow you into new ventures, new challenges, new ways to care, new ways to touch the hearts of all. When we get tired or feel disappointed, remind us that you can bring change and hope out of the most difficult situations, so that we may do justice, love kindness and walk humbly with you always. Faithful friend and God of Love… “Hear our Prayers”.
God of compassion, hear our prayer for all nations and all people of the Earth. Hear our prayers of support for health care workers, teachers, engineers and the many who serve in various organizations throughout the world. Hear our cry for justice and peace as we remember our brothers and sisters at Nyanyadzi Methodist Church in Zimbabwe. We send prayers of support for our Bienestar partners involved in the NUC outreach project in Guatemala. Hear us as we seek your protection for peacekeepers and peacemakers in areas of conflict, and for all their families. Hear us as we pray for all those people living in countries experiencing serious conflict and unrest, remembering especially the people of Yemen, Syria, Nigeria, Sudan, Afghanistan and the LGBTQ people of Tanzania; in the World Council of Churches Prayer Cycle, we present our prayers for the people of Andorra, Italy, Malta, Portugal, San Marino, Spain and Vatican City. Faithful friend and God of Love… “Hear our Prayers”.
We pray for those who feel discouraged or alone, those who are desolate or depressed; those who struggle with pain, the challenge of serious illness, or the loss of a loved one. May they be filled with faith and with strength. In our prayers today we name all those named in our Prayer List. We pause at this time to name, either silently or aloud, all those for whom we feel concern… …Faithful friend and God of Love… “Hear our Prayers”.
Hear a Love Poem, written by Mairead Maguire, Irish recipient of a Nobel Peace Prize.
Take time to listen to the birds,
Take time to breathe in the air,
Take time to be still,
To be silent,
To allow God to fill you up
With deep peace and love.
And the people say… AMEN!