September 20, 2020

God, as your people through all generations, we too have known Your generosity and love, and have experienced Your care and provision. You call us to extend Your love to the world around us—to care for others as deeply as we care for ourselves. And so we bring the needs of our world before You now.

Lord, hear our prayer.

We pray for those who do not have what they need in order to survive;

those without enough food to eat, or shelter to keep them warm;

those without employment, or enough money to pay their bills;

those without access to medical care, or medicine to keep them healthy

including migrant workers.

We pray for those who have more than enough to meet their needs,

but who continue to feel empty inside;

who struggle to find meaning and purpose in life,

who numb their pain through substances or other destructive behaviours

We also pray for our households of faith for this week.

We give thanks for the generous ways they share their gifts and lives amongst us. May their lives be blessed by love. May each day bring joy and fulfillment.

We pray for safe travels. May these days be gentle.

We also pray for all who are battling life-threatening disease or injury, those who are living with chronic pain or facing death.

We pray for all affected by covid, the sick, the grieving, the fearful.

God of the first and the last, and all those in between, Your grace and generosity is extended to all.

You call us to faithful discipleship, to work together with one mind and one purpose, to reach out in love to those in need.

Strengthen us so that we might live in a manner worthy of the Good News we have received, offering our lives to the building up of Your upside-down kingdom, where the last are first, and the first are last, and there is grace enough for all.

All these things we pray in Jesus’ name who taught us to pray:

Our Father…