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God of sorting and of all sorts,
We come to you this morning
With the hope of the world in our hearts,
and with the hope of the world on our shoulders.

We pray that our hearts and minds be so open and filled with your presence that we might live with reckless compassion,
offering what we have without judgement
to the least of these we meet
everyday, in every way.
May we be so bold and confident in your grace
that we give without expectation,
love without reserve,
and bear witness without fear.

We long to be your disciples,
we long to bring forth your reign
on your earth.

On this day where we place our hope in your reign,
We pray for the places and peoples
ravaged by all that is unruly and unreigned~
war, disease, suffering and illness brought on by human greed and cruelty and ignorance…
(silent prayer)

We pray for the places and peoples
closer to us, who ache from loss, lonliness, depression, addiction, isolation and fear…
(silent prayer)

We pray for our community around us,
for relationships that need healing,
structures that need changing,
for the efforts ongoing for peace and harmony.

We pray for your rule, O Christ,
to rule our hearts and minds and actions.

In the name of all that is holy,

Rev. Karla Miller is the Minister for Community Life at Old North Church UCC in Marblehead, Massachusetts.   She is also a contributor the RevGals book, There’s a Woman in the Pulpit.

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One thought on “Sunday Prayer

  1. Thank you! The congregant who was going to lead the Prayers of the Community sent me a message an hour before the service to tell me that she has the ‘flu – I used this (attributed to you) instead.


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