who exists beyond the realms we can imagine
and within the deepest parts of ourselves,
we thank you for the joy of gathering in community
and we celebrate together,
all that is good, and beautiful, and holy in our lives.
we thank you for the teachings of Jesus
and for the privilege of coming to you in prayer.
We lift up the people in this community and those we love,
for concerns which we know,
for the needs of loved ones which we carry in our heart.
May your tender embrace each,
the weary, those who are awaiting on referrals,
treatments, or next steps,
and those who find life hard.
we pray that all people will have their daily bread—
the food, housing, health care, support, and safety they need
to survive and thrive.
We pray for equitable care, just systems,
and that the humanity of each be respected.
let our earthly leaders follow your will
so that the people and the systems of this world
might look more and more like your reign of peace and justice.
deliver your children from all harm.
We pray for all who suffer pain in mind, body, or spirit,
all who live in fear,
all who grieve,
all who face violence in its many forms.
let these prayers rise up as incense before you
as we pray with this community of faith
and in the quiet of our own hearts.
We offer our prayer in all the holy names of God. Amen.