Prayers of the People
Written by Rev. Tim Snow for January 29, 2017 Worship Service at UPC
Lord, we want to grow in your love, both accepting that it is for us and showing it to others. Young or old, you offer us forgiveness in the face of our failures. You offer us reconciliation and welcome into a relationship with you. This is our hope. Your love for us is deep, it is real, it changes everything.
Lord, we pray that your love that can transform anything will be active and present in our world:
We pray for those in our nation who are living in fear and upheaval. We pray for immigrants, for foreign born residents, for international students, for foreign visitors to the United States. As the president and the courts sort out the President’s actions this week, may the people caught in limbo know that you are real, and that you love them. Help us to be people who share that love.
In the face of the largest refugee crisis since World War II, we pray that our leaders would figure out how to respond with care and compassion. So many people are homeless and displaced. We pray for real help and hope for these individuals and families, so many of whom are from Syria and Iraq.
We continue to pray for our UPC welcome team as they help our sponsored Iraqi family get settled and established here in the Northwest.
We pray for a place of community for each of us, where the church becomes a real, extended kingdom family. Your love is made complete as we love one another and are in fellowship together. As our church gathers in Small Groups for Lent, help us make room in our groups for new people. Help each of us find the time to join in and receive and share your grace with each other. And particularly this year, as we join this adventure of the Kindred Project, help us give witness to the nature of your Kingdom Family, that includes all races, all tribes.
We pray for those who are sick or facing physical illnesses or challenges, and for those who are grieving the loss of a loved one. We pray for healing and care for each of these dear people. We pray that each of these brothers and sisters feels your presence and comfort tangibly each day. May they know your care and mercy whatever the future holds.
And now Lord continue to teach us to pray as we pray the prayer you taught us:
Our Father who art in heaven hollowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our Trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.