We come before you this day, lifting before you those who need your healing touch,
your comforting presence,
your reassuring word.
Hear our prayers, we pray,
and make us agents of healing in your name.
Hear our prayers for those who live in longing, Lord …
longing for healing,
for a job,
for relationship with you.
Open the ears of your people, O God,
that we might hear those longings being expressed,
even in ways that make us uncomfortable,
and stand with those who are hurting to seek your mercy.
Hear our prayers for leaders who refuse to hear their people, Lord …
whose hearts are hardened and whose ignorance is blinding.
Open their eyes, we pray, to the need
for living wages,
for disaster assistance,
for food security,
and for justice for all.
Hear our prayers for those wandering in the wilderness of Sin,
not knowing which way to turn,
not knowing how to find their way out.
Guide them with your gracious hand, we pray.
Make of your church a haven for the hungry
that all who encounter your Church at work in the world
may be transformed by it
and welcomed into a new life in Christ.
In the name of Jesus Christ, we pray, Amen.
Julie Gvillo is Commissioned Pastor (PCUSA) and Founder and Creative Executive Director of A Place of Grace. Julie shares liturgy written on RCL passages each week on her blog, Point of Contact: Where Life and Worship Intersect.
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