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 you call into leadership, Lord, that they may stop and listen to your voice, observe your activity, heed your call, and courageously follow where you lead them, with liberation and hope their battle cry.
Hear our prayers for those who wait under the weight of oppression, those enslaved by abuse of power, those crying out to be heard, that they may know that you are listening and will lead them out of their desperation.
Hear our prayers for your church, Lord, that we may be agents of hope for the hopeless and justice in the face of injustice, standing up against dictators and tyrants with the strength of your Spirit within us.
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.