LET US, GOD’S PEOPLE, PRAY
Leader: ~ O God, our Help and our Shield, our souls need not wait for Your love that is already within us and around us every moment of our lives. As we rejoice in Your loving-kindness, guide us to awaken each day ready to abandon our human plans in obedience to Your call, unafraid, even toward an unknown destination.
~ O God, our Help and our Shield, open and fill us with true conviction to stand among all who lead in this world, this nation, and our community seeking the assurance and the delivery of things hoped: justice, the rescue of the oppressed, and the defense of those made helpless through ignorance, poverty, and greed. We pray especially for: add your own petitions
~ O God, our Help and our Shield, release from despair all who suffer in body, mind, or spirit, and grant peace to all loving helpers. We now join our hearts together to pray for those in need… add your own petitions
~ O God, our Help and our Shield, our sorrow lifts as we know our loved ones live again in the boundless joy of Your Heavenly Country, and the City You have prepared for them in eternity. We pray especially for… add your own petitions
~ O God, our Help and our Shield, we pause in this moment to offer You our other heartfelt thanksgivings, intercessions, petitions, and memorials, aloud or silently… add your own petitions
~ O God, our Help and our Shield, we give You thanks for those You have called to gather us, Your flock, in Your Holy Name. Grant that our hearts become the purse of Your unfailing treasure that radiates divine love to friend and stranger, beloved or divided. We pray especially for: add your own petitions
The Celebrant adds: Creator, Almighty, You are the Architect and Builder of all that is, seen and unseen. In our short and temporal sojourn, urge us to prepare our souls continuously for the unexpected hour when the Son of Man returns. We ask in the name of Christ Jesus, the Living Word; and the Holy Spirit, the Revealer of Truth; who together with You are One God, infinitely, eternally, forever. Amen.