The Lord answered Job our of the whirlwind…”Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell me if you have understanding…” [Job 38:1, 4]
As we work together with Christ, we urge you not to accept the grace of God in vain…as servants of God we have commended ourselves in every way: through great endurance…hardships, calamities…kindness, holiness of spirit…in honor and dishonor, in ill repute and good repute. [2 Corinthians 6:1, 4, 6, 8a]
A great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that the boat was already being swamped. But he was…asleep…and they woke him up and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” He woke up and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace! Be Still!” Then the wind ceased, and there was a dead calm. He said to them, “Why are you afraid? Have you no faith?” [Mark 4:37-40]
LET US, GOD’S PEOPLE, PRAY
Leader: ~ O Lord of the Whirlwind and the Calm, in the smallest and largest moments of everyday life, in the face of angry seas or fearsome foes, in joy and in suffering, prod our souls often to turn first and always to You in faith with our hearts wide open.
~ O Lord of the Whirlwind and the Calm, as Your servants, with Your power, we commend ourselves by endurance in afflictions, labors, and calamities, with patience, kindness, and truthful speech to challenge the leaders of Earthly, National, and Local governments as we strive to successfully defeat discrimination, injustice, and physical danger for all Your people. We pray especially for: add your own petitions
~ O Lord of the Whirlwind and the Calm, restore health and give comfort to those who suffer in body, mind, or spirit, and give patience to those who tend their needs We now join our hearts together to pray for those in need... add your own petitions
~ O Lord of the Whirlwind and the Calm, lighten the burden for all who grieve, as You embrace those newly arrived to dwell with You in the glory of everlasting life and peace. We pray especially for… add your own petitions
~ O Lord of the Whirlwind and the Calm, we pause in this moment to offer You our other heartfelt thanksgivings, intercessions, petitions, and memorials… add your own petitions
The Celebrant adds: O God Almighty and Ever-Living, release us from merely accepting Your grace in vain. Deliver us from life’s storms, into the humility of knowing that every moment of now is the acceptable time to recognize the day of our Salvation. Fill us with faith enough to quell the angry tempests within ourselves and with each other, that, putting no obstacle in anyone’s way, we may walk together, if differently, to Your Eternal Shore. We ask through Jesus, our Peace and our Salvation, and the Holy Spirit, the Fount of our Wisdom, Who together with You, are One God for all of time eternal. Amen.