The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness ~ on them light has shined. [Isaiah 9:2]
The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom then should I fear...Hearken to my voice, O Lord, when I call; have mercy on me and answer me. [Psalm 27:1a, 10]
Now I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you be in agreement and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same purpose. [1 Corinthians 1:10]
LET US, GOD’S PEOPLE, PRAY
Leader: ~ Oh Lord of Light and Joy, with You as our strength whom shall we fear? As You have caught us up in the safety of Your nets, energize us to beckon the world to Your shore, proclaiming the Good News of Salvation in our every thought, word, and action.
~ Oh Lord of Light and Joy, inspire and transform all who govern the peoples of this World, this Country, and this Community, to legislate with integrity not the rod of oppression, ensuring peace, equality, and sustenance for the well-being of all humanity and the protection of our planet. We pray especially for: add your own petitions
~ Oh Lord of Light and Joy, heal the hearts, minds, and bodies of all who are ill, weary, or in anguish, and give comfort to all who offer care. We now join our hearts to pray for those in need… add your own petitions
~ Oh Lord of Light and Joy, the gloom of grief is lifted when our hearts know that You joyfully embrace all who live again in Your glorious and eternal Paradise. We pray especially for…add your own petitions
~ Oh Lord of Light and Joy, we pause in this moment to offer You our other heartfelt thanksgivings, intercessions, petitions, and memorials, aloud or silently…
~ O Lord our God, hold fast in Your embrace all who lead us in Your Church as they guide and walk with us in Word, Sacrament, and Faith, away from false gods and always to You. We pray especially for: Michael, our Presiding Bishop; Kevin our Bishop; James, our Interim Rector; Clay, our Deacon; and Lloyd, our Rector Emeritus.
The Celebrant adds: Oh Lord, our Strength and our Salvation, endow us with the faith and fortitude to find Your constant Light within us in the darkest of times. Empower us to remember and return to follow You, whenever we go off course, in the highest and lowest tides of this mortal experience. We ask through Jesus, the Captain of our ship, and the Holy Spirit, our Divine Navigator, who with You are our One God, now and forever. Amen.