Our brother Jesus has entered the city. The palms and shouts begin to fade away into the unholiness of days to come. We bring to you our prayers, because we know you love us beyond our comprehension.
We pray for the world, for places and people that endure crucifixion every day. For those who suffer from the effects of war and terrorism, those who fear for their lives and their children, in all places where gun violence reigns. We beg for your mercy, we beseech your love to protect them, and may we walk in the paths of change.
We pray for people of all races and nations who seek peace, who walk in the way of peace, who risk their lives for peace, peace for the world, and for our Mother Earth, we ask for your protection and blessing to cover them.
We pray for those we know who suffer, from the ravages of addiction, the despair of depression, the unspeakable pain of grief and loss, the anguish of illness, we pray for your mercy, and for your love to cover them.
We pray for courage and reflection as we walk into this holy week with our brother Jesus. Open our hearts to the choices we might make, open our minds to humour and humility, and help us embrace the vision and dream you have for all of your people and creation.
In Christ’s name we pray,
Rev. Karla Miller is Minister for Community Life at Old North Church (UCC) in Marblehead, MA. She is also a contributor the RevGalBlogPals book, There’s A Woman in the Pulpit.
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