The People of God at Capitol Drive Lutheran Church stand with, support, and pray for our Jewish sisters and brothers during this time of tragedy and forever. El Maleh Rachamim is a Hebrew prayer for the rest of the departed: God, filled with mercy, dwelling in the heavens' heights, bring proper rest beneath the wings of your Shechinah, amid the ranks of the holy and the pure, illuminating like the brilliance of the skies the souls of our beloved and our blameless who went to their eternal place of rest. May You who are the source of mercy shelter them beneath Your wings eternally, and bind their souls among the living, that they may rest in peace. And let us say: Amen.
“I pray because I can’t help myself. I pray because I’m helpless. I pray because the need flows out of me all the time, waking and sleeping. It doesn’t change God. It changes me.” (C. S. Lewis)
Great creator God who formed us in your image, we pray that you would help us to keep those you have entrusted to us safe. We know you are the great protector, a very present help and refuge for those in harm’s way. We ask you to be especially close to those who are suffering at the hands of the people who are supposed to protect, nurture, and love them. Grant them your peace even as you work to cure the hearts of those who perpetuate violence and abuse. You who alone are worthy have given worth to each of us. Help us to trust and believe in the worth we have in each of us as people created in your image. AMEN.
Heavenly Father, I am your humble servant. I come before you today in need of hope. There are times when I feel helpless. There are times when I feel weak. I pray for hope. I need hope for a better future. I need hope for a better life. I need hope for love and kindness. Some say that the sky is at its darkest just before the light. I pray that this is true, for all seems dark. I need your light, Lord, in every way. I pray to be filled with your light from head to toe. I want to bask in your glory, to know that all is right in the world as you have planned, and as you want it to be. Help me to walk in your light and live my life in faith and glory. Amen.