We come before you this day, lifting 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 who walked the path of faith, trusting to the best of their ability, and following where they believed you led, and who now prepare to pass from this world to the next, leaving behind those they love on earth to greet those who have gone before. Grant them the courage to release the life they have known and peace to receive new life in you. Gather together your church in this world and the next that the transition may be seamless.
Hear our prayers for those who grieve the passing of beloved leaders, friends, family members, and icons; the death of dreams and expectations, the unexpected change in health, and the loss of trust in relationships. Grant them comfort in their time of sadness, and patience as they rail against forces they do not understand. Make your love tangible in a shared meal, a warm embrace, or a caring word.
Hear our prayers for those standing on the threshold of new beginnings, gazing into a future untouched and full of promise. Grant them wisdom to discern your voice in every calling, and boldness to face the challenges that lie ahead. Surround them with community that encourages, uplifts, supports and strengthens.
Hear also our prayers for those whom we name below ... those whose names are in our hearts and on our minds. In addition, hear our prayers for those whose names we do not know. Surround them with your steadfast love. Touch them with your infinite mercy. Fill them with a peace that passes all understanding.
In Jesus' name we pray,