Let us join our hearts and minds as one in prayer. When you hear the words “The Soul Finds Rest in God,” please respond with “Hear our Prayers.”
Keep us alert to your presence, O God. In the early morning, may we know your Spirit with us. In the heat of the day, in the midst of our activities, may we feel your love. At the end of the day, as we come to rest may we give thanks that you will never leave us. The Soul finds rest in God… “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. Hear our prayers for our Bienestar partners involved in the NUC outreach project in Guatemala and for peacekeepers, peacemakers and their families serving in war-torn countries. Hear us as we pray for all those people living in countries experiencing serious conflict and unrest, remembering especially LGBTQ+ people who are persecuted in too many countries. We pray for each other and our mission in the world. In the Pacific Mountain Regional Council Prayer Cycle, we remember Knox United Church in Vancouver. In the World Council of Churches Prayer Cycle, we present our prayers for the people of Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Rwanda. On behalf of the people of those countries, we pray for an end to poverty and hunger, improved access to health services, an end to political instability, and economic development that does not exploit Creation and the people. The Soul finds rest in God… “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 on our Prayer List. We pause at this time to name, either silently or aloud, all those for whom we feel concern… …The Soul finds rest in God… “Hear our Prayers.”
Generous God, help us to love the life we live right now. Show us the good things we often overlook and help us to be content with what we have. Forgive us when we compare ourselves to others, forgive us for longing for things outside of you and your kindom. Thank you for loving us right where we are, right as we are.
In Jesus’ name, the people say… “AMEN!”