Prayers of the People
We pray for ourselves and particularly on behalf of others. We are reminded in prayer that we are part of a larger fellowship, the Church—the Body of Christ.
We open our hearts anew to you this morning, O Lord, that the love of the Father and the life of Christ and the breath of the Spirit would quicken within us a greater affection for your ways. Work your will in us, Lord Christ.
Let us now bring before our gracious God any petitions relevant to this day. O Lord, hear our prayers.
- For Charlie Eyet’s friend, Don, who is suffering from ongoing back pain. O Lord, hear our prayers.
- For all our heroic healthcare workers and first responders. O Lord, hear our prayers.
- For Heather Vorhies’ friends Christina and Tom, and their older son and newborn son with special needs. May they find rest and support. O Lord, hear our prayers.
- For the people in Beirut. O Lord, hear our prayers.
- For Valerie Boarman’s husband Jerry who is dealing with multiple health concerns. O Lord, hear our prayers.
- For people isolated by COVID-19. O Lord, hear our prayers.
- For peace in the world as we remember the cost of war and atomic power unleashed in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. O Lord, hear our prayers.
- For the Rogers’ best man, Tom, who was moved out of ICU 29 days after his heart attack to begin rehab. O Lord, hear our prayers.
- For healing for Sara Blight’s coworker who has severe back and nerve pain. O Lord, hear our prayers.
- For Sally who went into hospice this week. Rick who must have heart surgery. Karen Drabczyk’s friend Liz who had hip replacement surgery and is in rehab. O Lord, hear our prayers.
O children of God, casting your cares upon his strong shoulders, now surrender your own agendas for this day, and instead be led by the workings of his Spirit. Open our eyes and our hearts, O Lord, to your words and truth. Amen.
One summer evening in 1955, a group of 180 teenagers of all races and religions, meeting at a workshop high in the California mountains locked arms, formed a circle and sang this song of peace. As God’s Spirit, brought a sense of unity and peace, these inspired young people brought the song with them down off the mountain and started sharing it as in spread like fire.
And now, may the God of peace,
who brought back again from the dead our Lord Jesus,
equip you with all you need for doing his will.
May he produce in you,
through the power of Jesus Christ,
all this is pleasing to him.
To him be glory forever and ever. Amen.
Go in peace to love and serve the Lord!
“Make Me a Channel of Your Peace” by Sebastian Temple is a musical setting of the well-known Prayer of Saint Francis. The prayer is widely attributed to Saint Francis of Assisi, but the words never appear in any of his writings. Still, they speak to the longing we have for peace.