Prayers for Worship

Prayers for Worship
Proper 8
by Linda Kraft
Let us pray for the whole people of God in Christ Jesus, for all people according to their needs. Steadfast loving Lord, your mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning. Have compassion on all the citizens of your world. Bring freedom to those living under oppression. Inspire national leaders to rule with justice and without discrimination. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer. (Lamentations 3:22-33) Generous Lord, your love for all is genuine. You have blessed us with abundance. Make us eager to gladly return to you what you have first given us. Show us our neighbors who are in need so that we can reach out to them in your name. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer. (2Cor 8:7-15) Merciful Lord, you encourage us to come to you in public or in private to let you know our needs, our hopes and dreams. You reach out to touch our hearts with your healing power. You promise us everlasting life and only ask that we share that promise with everyone we meet. Raise up for your Church faithful pastors, teachers and volunteers, that your good news might be heard around the world. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer. O Lord, our God, you reach out to give new life to all who trust in you, and even to those who do not yet know your name. By your favor, O Lord, strengthen those who are weak. Dry the tears of those who cry. We lift these loved ones for your care... Are there others we should include in our prayers? Turn mourning into dancing. Relieve grief and clothe us with joy in you. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer. (Psalm 30) Into your hands, O Lord, we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in your mercy; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

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Linda Kraft, Pastor at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Trumbull, CT