Prayers for Worship
Proper 24B
by Linda Kraft

Let us pray for the whole people of God, for all people according to their needs:

Compassionate Lord, around the world and here in America people are suffering. They struggle to feed and clothe themselves and their families and to provide adequate health care. They live under governments that show no consideration for their needs. They look for a better future, but they doubt they will live to see it. Reach out to them as you reached out to your people throughout history. Give them hope. Let them see in us a willingness to share from our bounty so that they may live. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer. (Isaiah 53:4-12)

Lord most high, our refuge and our dwelling place, we call on you to protect the innocent, to guard them so they will not be harmed. In homes where violence is waged toward children, partners and the elderly, we ask you to be present. Help us to work as your hands on this earth to prevent physical, emotional and sexual abuse wherever they tear lives apart. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer. (Psalm 91:9-16)

Jesus, our Great High Priest, you alone can provide forgiveness of sins through the sacrifice of your life which you willingly offered. You saved us out of love and not to bring glory to yourself. You have called us to be faithful followers along the path you walked. Give us courage to confess our shortcomings and to look to you for guidance. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer. (Hebrews 5:1-10)

Great Healer, you sent Jesus to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many. Your love is boundless. Be present with these who need your healing touch:

Are there others we should include in our prayers?

Lift them by your constant presence. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer. (Mark 10:35-45)

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