September 17th, 2023

Faithful God, we call on your presence and your grace

as we journey the reimagining church road and

the race you have set before us.

Help us to keep our eyes on Jesus.

May our hearts be deeply rooted in trust.

You are with us.

Set our pace that we may further your will, not our own.
When we falter, give us fresh strength and courage.
When we sail fast as the wind, may your name be glorified.

Keep us from wanting to win at others expense.
As we marathon together,

Holy Spirit, stir our hearts,

inspire and nourish our faith,

shape and transform us as disciples of healing and hope. .

We offer our thanks for the treasure of good company

accompanying us each step, including our Hampstead friends.

Grant them deep peace and comfort as their journey continues to unfold.

God of all our journeys,

open our eyes that we may see the deepest needs of people;
move our hands that they may feed the hungry;
touch our hearts that they may bring warmth to the despairing;
teach us generosity that welcomes strangers;
Give us compassion that strengthens the sick

and comforts the grieving.

Listening God,

Thank you that you continue to meet us, whatever road we journey,

whether it be endings or fresh beginnings.

whether it be amidst our celebrations or deepest sorrows.

You know us. You see us. You love us.

Hear now our prayers for our households of faith;

family and friends, our own needs…. Which we now offer in silence.

Grant peace to those struggling with mental illness or addiction

those who live with pain, loss, uncertainty.

Comfort those walking through the valley of the shadow of death and their loved ones.

We pray for all who stand in a place of need.

Holy One, open our eyes to recognize the new thing you are doing

In the world, in your church, in our lives.

Grant us grace to see, and courage respond.

We offer our prayers in the name of Jesus who taught us to pray saying:

Our Father…….