The Pastoral Prayer from Sunday, December 4, 2022

Prince of Peace and Lord of Lords, we join our voices with all Creation and sing to proclaim your glory. From the very foundation of our world, you have passionately pursued your people with purpose, intentionality, forgiveness, and peace. It is during this moment of worship we stop, become still, and await to be embraced by you!

Dearest Father, we pray you will breathe into your Church and bestow upon us your Spirit of wisdom, understanding, counsel, power for executing justice, knowledge, righteousness, faithfulness, and holy awe and wonder. Remind us these gifts are the way the Church with never-ending centrifugal circles of love, forgiveness, and grace brings about the possibility that the wolf and the leopard will live with the lambs and the goats, that cows, bears, and lions will live in peace and harmony showing us the way, and that your knowledge will flood over all the Earth! Instill upon your people a heart for holy righteousness that we will be seen as the executors of your divine justice to the least of these. Let your Church be a Presence of Christ in this world to the poor, the shattered, the abused, the hungry, and the neglected children and elderly in our midst. Most of all, let us be agents of Peace.

Jesus, breathe peace into our world and lives. We pray for peace for those countries and people caught up in war. Bring peace to those who live in fear of abuse or exploitation. Bring peace to the troubled souls struggling with addictions and to their families trying to care for them. Lord of all nations, crush our tendencies to scapegoat and discriminate against “those people” who are socially, economically, racially, ethnically, and politically different from us. Open each of our eyes to behold the entire family of God who comprise our fellow brothers and sisters.

Spirit, we lift up prayers for our troubled world and its economy. Convict our political leaders to settle for nothing less than the truth and maintain this democracy of 246 years. Let those with medical diagnoses and problems feel your healing presence deep within them. Remind the grieving of the grand Easter reality.

Giver of all gifts, we thank you for the ability to turn a knob and clean water pours out. For doctors, nurses, and technicians who are skilled in healing our broken bodies and hearts. We thank you for the food we eat and the bounty we have. For shelter and comforts of home and fellowship. And thank you for this, our church – for her leadership and staff, its ministry in our community and beyond, and for the financial means to actively be the hands and feet of Jesus Christ to a broken, hurting swirly world.

Hear us, Holy Trinity, as we weave our prayers with the prayers from saints all over the world as we pray, 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. Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil, for Thine is the Kingdom, the honor, the glory forever and ever! Amen!

About patrick h wrisley

A Mainline Presbyterian Orthodox Evangelical Socially Minded Prophetic Contemplative Preacher sharing the Winsome Story of Christ as I try to muddle through as a father, friend, head of staff, colleague, and disciple.
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