LITURGY IN FOCUS

UNIVERSAL PRAYER OF THE FAITHFUL

Please respond: Lord, receive our prayer.
For the grace of strong leadership within the Church.
May we discover new ways
to nourish and to celebrate our faith
During these times when we are separated from each other.
We ask: Lord, receive our prayer.
For the grace of hospitality.
As a church and as a nation
may we welcome all those who God sends to us
and receive them with generous love.
We ask: Lord, receive our prayer.
For the grace of surrender.
May we be willing to let go of all that impedes us
from following Christ more closely —
our power, our pride and our possessions.
We ask: Lord, receive our prayer.
For the grace of blessing on our nation and in our world.
May God guide us during these times of difficulty
as we search for ways to eradicate all forms of systemic racism
and to heal the suffering caused by this global pandemic.
We ask: Lord, receive our prayer.
For the grace of compassion.
May we tenderly care for those who are sick
and those who grieve.
May we hold those who have died
in our hearts and in our prayer.
And may God hear the intentions we now offer in silence …
We ask: Lord, receive our prayer.