Prayers of the People October 15, 2023

The Reverend Dr. William A. Evertsberg

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Almighty God, we give you thanks for that leap of the heart and catch of the breath that overtakes us when the sky sharpens to a deep blue at noon or softens to a warm gold at close of day, when the sun is just a ring of fire, when the village’s trees turn neon gold and orange, when the bracing autumn wind kicks up churning crests on the Lake and reminds us of the changing seasons and creation’s reliable rhythms.

Along with our thanksgivings, Lord, we dare to bring our intercessions to your throne of grace. 

Enfold in your love those among us who need an extraordinary measure of your grace.  Some of us struggle against serious illness, or live in the shadow of uncertain diagnosis.

For some of us, there’s not much time left, and the good people at Hospice visit to usher us toward the end, and life beyond life.

God of love, when we hear the news from Gaza and Israel, our spirits are so crestfallen, and our hearts so broken, that we hardly know how to pray.  Send your Spirit to intercede for us with sighs too deep for words.

You are the One who consoles the grieving; hold the traumatized and frightened for however long it takes.

You are the One who grants freedom to the prisoner: release those who are captive and bound.

You are the Author of Peace: illuminate paths of peace for those seeking violence and vengeance.

You are the God of Hope: help us to imagine safety and freedom for all people.

You are slow to anger: help us to put down the sword even at the zenith of our rage.

You are the Rock of Our Salvation: be there for us as we waver and struggle in our confusion and uncertainty, until we find solid ground once again.

You are the One who endures from everlasting to everlasting: show us ways to act for future generations.*

All these thanksgivings, and all these petitions, Lord, do we bring to the throne of grace, in the name of Jesus the Christ, our Lord, your Son, Amen. 

*The italicized lines are adapted from Alissa Wise, a Rabbi in Philadelphia.

October 15, 2023

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