O God: We pray that your loving presence may be felt in the California community that has experienced a tragedy that claimed so many lives. It is hard for us to imagine the magnitude of so many lives lost so suddenly and the grief and sorrow that it has brought. Yet you tell us in Isaiah 53:3 that Jesus Christ was “a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief and suffering.” We pray that all pain suffered there today and in the days to come may be joined with the suffering of Christ upon the cross to work your redemptive power in the world. May your love pour forth through the prayers, presence and service of your caring people from all nations to begin the healing process. Heal those who have suffered bodily and mental injury. Comfort those who are grieving the loss of dear ones. Bind together the community in grace and faith. Send your helping angels and your life giving Holy Spirit. In the name of Christ, your suffering servant we pray. Amen.
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.
Hear our prayer today for all women and men, boys and girls who are homeless this day.
For those sleeping under bridges, on park benches, in doorways or bus stations.
For those who can only find shelter for the night but must wander in the daytime.
For families broken because they could not afford to pay the rent.
For those who have no relatives or friends who can take them in.
For those who have no place to keep possessions that remind them who they are.
For those who are afraid and hopeless.
For those who have been betrayed by our social safety net.
For all these people, we pray that you will provide shelter, security and hope.
We pray for those of us with warm houses and comfortable beds
that we not be lulled into complacency and forgetfulness.
Jesus, help us to see your face in the eyes of every homeless person we meet
so that we may be empowered through word and deed,
and through the political means we have,
to bring justice and peace to those who are homeless. Amen.
God of the heavens: nature and all that you have created are truly awesome. Often, we take these wonders for granted. Teach us to cherish all of your gifts. Try as we might, we know that we cannot control the oceans, the mountains, or the weather. We also firmly believe that ever since the time of Noah, you do not send floods, make the earth shake, or dispatch weather formations, such as hurricanes, as warnings or punishments. So we ask, as this hurricane approaches land and our brothers and sisters, that you shelter all who will be in its path. Watch over everyone, their loved ones, friends, and fellow people, many of whom are preparing to evacuate. Guard them as they prepare, perhaps to leave their homes again. Give them strength, courage, and resolve to ride out this storm; answer their prayers and ours that they be blessed with goodness and be spared from harm. Amen.
On this weekend, when we rest from our usual labors, loving God, we pray for all who shoulder the tasks of human labor—in the marketplace, in factories and offices, in the professions, and in family living. We thank you, Lord, for the gift and opportunity of work; may our efforts always be pure of heart, for the good of others and the glory of your name. We lift up to you all who long for just employment and a just wage and those who work to defend the rights and needs of workers everywhere. May those of us who are now retired always remember that we still make a valuable contribution to our Church and our world by our prayers and deeds of charity. May our working and our resting all give praise to you until the day we share together in eternal rest with all our departed in your Kingdom as you live and reign Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.
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