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Prayers of the People April 18, 2021

God of this fragile planet, where memory and hope are always hard at work: we need you. Hear our stammering, a river of sound, praise, petition, prayer, the lifting up of truest joy and deepest sorrow. Some days, we inhale dust, our lives empty and windblown. Other days, something just beyond ourselves shines bright [...]

2021-04-22T14:04:46-05:00Church Stories, Pastoral Prayer|

Prayers of the People April 11, 2021

God of this day. God of sunrise and rainstorm, God of sanctuary and living room, we praise you. We praise you, even in the impossibility and struggle, for we know you are there when the days are long, and the nights are hard, and intensity is on the rise. You are there when we [...]

2021-04-13T14:10:59-05:00Church Stories, Pastoral Prayer|

Prayers of the People April 4, 2021

God of early April morning, you are Mystery of Love made Known, you call to us, you long for us, you make us whole: When we are visibly fractured, when we are unmoored, when we stumble, monochrome, held together by tears and sleepless nights, we gather at the tomb, awaiting the ordinary; the funeral [...]

2021-04-08T17:55:30-05:00Church Stories, Pastoral Prayer|

Prayers of the People March 28, 2021

The Reverend Christine V. Hides Holy, Gracious, and Everlasting God On Palm Sunday we are reminded that under the rule of an unjust and violent empire, your people suffered. In the midst of that suffering, your word became flesh in Jesus Christ, revealing divine love, true justice, and the gloriousness of your desire [...]

2021-04-05T20:29:12-05:00Church Stories, Pastoral Prayer|

Prayers of the People March 21, 2021

The Reverend Christine V. Hides Holy, Gracious, and Generous God, We come before you today with sometimes fragile yet undeniable hope in our hearts. Like the delicate, unfolding petals of the early spring crocus, an end to this pandemic seems, somehow, impossibly possible. Hope is made especially tangible in the mass vaccination sites [...]

2021-04-05T19:49:30-05:00Church Stories, Pastoral Prayer|

Prayers of the People March 14, 2021

The Reverend Dr. Katie Snipes Lancaster God of Glory, Dear Redeemer, Christ Incarnate who holds our fear, God of liberation who sets prisoners free. Today’s prayers remain the same as last year’s: be with us. Guide us. Show us the way. But, even as the signs of spring arise, even as the promise [...]

2021-03-18T17:25:36-05:00Pastoral Prayer|