My brothers and sisters, do you with your acts of favoritism really believe in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ…What good is it…if you say you have faith but do not have works? [James 2:1, 14]
LET US, GOD’S PEOPLE, PRAY
Leader: ~ O Lord our God, rouse us from the distractions of our own time, that we may turn crumbs of neglect into seeds of generosity that blossom into love for our neighbors and ourselves. Guide us to fulfill the royal law according to Scripture and use our work in this earthly life as a reflection of our abiding belief in You.
~ O Lord our God, empower our voices to disquiet the satisfaction of those who profit from injustice, and help us turn aside such rulers of earth. Let us call for those who wield power in the halls of government on our Planet, in our Nation, and in our Community, to be true of heart, turn their trust to You, and work to ensure the dignity and humanity of all. We pray especially for: add your own petitions
~ O Lord our God, lift up those who are bowed down through serious illness, despair, or natural disaster, and energize all who give them loving support. We now join our hearts together to pray for those in need… add your own petitions
~ O Lord our God, grant peace and comfort to those who grieve in knowing that their beloved has risen into the eternal bliss of life everlasting with You. We pray especially for… add your own petitions
~ O Lord our God, we pause in this moment to offer You our other heartfelt thanksgivings, intercessions, petitions, and memorials… add your own petitions
~ O Lord our God, continually renew and excite the spirits of our earthly Shepherds as they guide, inspire, and walk with us on our journey in faith. We pray especially for: add your own petitions
The Celebrant adds: Eternal God, open our ears to hear Your Word and release our tongues to speak our faith plainly as we seek to honor Your ways in every thought, word, and deed of our daily lives. We ask in the name of Jesus, our Glorious Christ; and the Holy Spirit, the Breath of our Souls; who together with You reign as one God from before all time and for evermore. Amen.