Prayers of the People, L1C
by Your hand, we are blessed,
the fruits of your creation abundant for our needs.
Hear our prayers of thanksgiving
as we approach the throne of grace
in gratitude and praise.
Hear, also, our prayers for all of your created order,
that those who seek to destroy it in the name of greed
might be transformed and be inspired to protect
that which they currently destroy
with limited perspective,
that ALL may be fed,
that habitats may be protected,
that sustainable farming methods might be promoted
and your creation continue to flourish and to thrive.
Head of the Church,
by your grace, we are called,
the gathered people the Body of Christ
at work in the world.
Hear our prayers of adoration
as we lead your people in worship.
Hear, also, our prayers for continued provision
that no matter how small our congregations may be,
we may continue to answer the call to make disciples,
to baptize in your name,
and to teach all you have commanded.
In action and in truth,
may we go out from this place
and be the Church you have claimed and commissioned,
that the world may glorify your name
in every time and place.
Spirit of Love,
by your leading, many have found refuge and safety
in foreign lands.
Hear our prayers of praise
that those who were in danger have found safety,
that those who were hopeless have found hope,
that those who were hungry have found abundance,
that those who were grieving have found comfort,
that those who were oppressed have found freedom.
Open our arms to receive your children
and offer them hospitality
according to your law of love,
that the world may truly find community
in your embrace,
that those who are secure may offer shelter,
and those who are blessed may bless others,
and those who have suffered may offer compassion,
and those who are free may use their voices
to effect justice
according to your perfect will.