January 9th, 2022

Holy One, we thank you that we stand in a long line of believers who have been faithful through the ages. You have been leading your people through trials and change and have always set before them / before us, hope for today and bright hope for a better tomorrow. We pray that you would bless us each day as we strive to be your faithful followers. May we know your gift of faith given freely, filled with hope in things not seen.

Give us faith we pray, like the grain of mustard seed which had small beginnings, but which yielded large results.

Give to us faith to move the mountains of racism, marginalization, and injustice.

Give us faith amidst our questions and when fear and doubts threaten to overwhelm.

Give to us a faith which has a vision of a new world where peace and love flow abundantly – where your shalom permeates all, and where war, hunger, and oppression is no more.

Give to us a faith such as Abraham’s to move forward not knowing our destination but trusting in your guiding providence.

Give to us a faith which is able to endure those moments of personal disquiet and to trust that you are with us.

Give us faith that you are growing something new in us as a faith community – something beautiful, something fruitful.

Give us faith amidst pruning and fruit bearing, growing and releasing.

Give to us a faith which sees the welfare of all creation including all peoples held in your enduring love and care.

Give to us a faith which sees beyond the present to an eternal home within your very heart.

God, give us faith to walk with you, vulnerability and courage to go wherever you lead.

Deepen our capacity to listen for you and a surrendering willingness to respond.

Surround our loved ones in long-term care.

We pray for all who grieve. May comfort and care surround them. We pray for those who struggle with mental illness, anxiety, and addiction and those who love them.  We also pray for our Households of Faith….. May each know your love and care more deeply each day as they turn their hearts toward you. May their hearts and homes be filled with joy, peace, and love. We offer all our prayers in the name of your Jesus who taught us to pray. Amen