Prayers of the People: Great and Small

God of great and small, 
we lift our prayers to you,
trusting in the power of your love,
to bring healing
even in the midst of heartache,
and magnify our joy
where we find our life in you. 

We pray for your creation,
grateful for the gifts of land,
water, air, metals and medicines,
each element that builds up our life.
We pray that we would be good stewards
of those gifts, caring for the earth
as you do. 

We pray for the nations,
that peoples might learn to respect differences,
and treat their neighbors as partners,
instead of threats. 
We pray for governments and leaders,
that putting aside pride and self-seeking
they would work for the good of their people,
guided by your wisdom. 

We pray for communities in our own nation,
in all their different sizes and cultures.
We pray for those who struggle to make ends meet,
for those considering major transitions,
for those who volunteer their time and resources,
not for publicity or glory,
but simply to make their neighbors’ lives better. 

We pray for each human life, God,
each life you know so well.
We pray for the sick, the grieving, and the lonely,
for those who have nowhere to call home,
or whose homes are not safe.
We pray for those who walk your path; 
give them strength and courage for the journey.

We lift to you the prayers of this congregation:

[prayers of the congregation may be spoken here]

We lift to you these prayers, named and unnamed,
asking that you dwell with us,
and hold us close to your heart. 

And now we pray as Jesus taught us, saying, Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed 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 debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.

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