Prayers of the People
God of Mercy and Compassion,
We come before you this day, lifting before you those who need your healing touch, your comforting presence, your reassuring word. Hear our prayers, we pray, and make us agents of healing in your name.
Hear our prayers for those living under oppression, those fearing for their own lives and the lives of their children, desperate to protect the ones they love. Strengthen your church, O God, that we may be courageous enough to stand in the gap for those who have no voice or power.
Hear our prayers for those who grieve, devastated by the slaughter of innocents. Comfort them in their agony. Envelope them in community that they may be supported in their pain.
Hear our prayers for those brave life-giving souls who birth new hope by their courage. Surround them with divine protection, O God, that they may continue to do the work you have called them to do, rescuing those in need from the egocentric fear of tyrants.
Hear our prayers for those engaged in corrupt government who strive to rise above the fray and make bold moves toward a reign of justice. Embolden them to use their privilege to make a difference on behalf of those who are helpless.
Hear our prayers also for those we name below and for those whose names are in our hearts and on our minds, and for those whose names we do not know and may never know. Surround them with your steadfast love, we pray. Touch them with your infinite mercy, and fill them with a peace that passes all understanding. In the name of Jesus Christ, we pray, Amen.