I solemnly urge you: proclaim the message; be persistent whether the time is favorable or unfavorable...For the time is coming when people...will turn away from listening to the truth and wander away to myths. [2 Timothy 4:1b-2a, 3a, 4]
LET US, GOD’S PEOPLE, PRAY
Leader: ~ Watchful, Loving God, as we wrestle with the unjust judge inside ourselves, awaken us to Your strength within us, to carry and proclaim Your truth in our every thought, word, and action.
~ Watchful, Loving God, arouse our inner courage, in this time of unending urgencies, to be the persistent and bothersome conscience of all who serve in the halls of government across this Planet, this Nation, and this Community, on behalf of all Your people and the very Earth itself. We pray especially for: add your own petitions
~ Watchful, Loving God, grant healing and hope to all who suffer in body, mind, or spirit, and revive the energy and dedication of all who serve their needs. We now join our voices to pray aloud for those in need… add your own petitions
~ Watchful, Loving God, grant divine comfort to those who grieve as You joyfully welcome, for all eternity, all to whom You gave first breath and received their final earthly sigh. We pray especially for… add your own petitions
~ Watchful, Loving God, we pause in this moment to offer You our other heartfelt thanksgivings, intercessions, petitions, and memorials, aloud or silently…add your own petitions
The Celebrant adds: O Lord our God, quicken and embolden our faith that in all times, whether unfavorable or good, we may persevere in learning and sharing through the Gospel message, so that others will listen and walk with us in prayer and faith. We ask through Jesus, Son of Man; and the Holy Spirit, the Persistent Voice within; who together with You are One God, above all, forever and ever. Amen.