When you hear the words, “Loving God”, you may respond with, “Hear our prayers”.
Creator God, as the Sun’s rays have reached their southernmost point on our Earth, and they are again moving north every second, we look forward to the longer days, until we have about 16 hours of daylight.
Psalm 19 says: The heavens keep telling the wonders of God,
And the skies declare what God has done.
Each day informs the following day; each night announces to the next.
They don’t speak a word, and there is never the sound of a voice.
Yet their message reaches all the earth, and it travels around the world.
From an Icelandic hymn, we may also take comfort in the words, translated, that say:
God, I feel you everywhere.
Your wonderful closeness enfolds me, like a sweet summer wind.
The earth takes its course through darkness, spacedust, and glowing embers.
It revolves, dancing in a ring, but your glory, God, is up above me and all around.
Loving God… “Hear our prayers.”
In our Pacific Mountain Regional Council Prayer Cycle, we pray for Pender Island Community Church, Peninsula United Church in Surrey, Penticton United Church, and Pitt Meadows United Church. Named in the World Council of Churches Ecumenical Prayer Cycle, we pray – especially earnestly at this time – for Iran, Iraq and Syria. We remember our Bienestar partners involved in the Nelson United Church outreach project in Guatemala. Grant that they be strengthened by love and solidarity they show for their communities and each other. Prayers for our brothers & sisters at Nyanyadzi Methodist Church in Zimbabwe, that they may be protected and encouraged. We think of and pray for peacemakers and peacekeepers, health care workers, teachers, engineers, climate scientists and all those serving around the world through many organizations. We ask for protection and well-being among LGBTQ+ people, persecuted in many countries and places. And we ask for the diminishing and end to fires in Australia. Grant safety to everyone and every living thing there. Loving God… “Hear our prayers.”
We give thanks for Danaraj, David, Lois, Robin and Robyn. Bring hope, strength and wellbeing to them and their families. Among our own community, we ask for healing in mind, body and spirit for all those named in our Prayer List. We now say the name, silently or aloud, the names of people we know in need of prayer… …Loving God… “Hear our prayers.”
Dear Creator God, thank you that we have been given another day, a new week, month, year and decade, to enjoy this life to the fullest. When we feel like the world won’t ever rid itself of war and conflict, we remember that each one of us around the world can be encouraged and be filled with love and kindness, with perseverance, with gratefulness and hope, and above all, with peace. Loving God… “Hear our prayers.”