Loving Shepherd,
hear our prayers:

for the hurting and hungry
in need of healing,
Lord, have mercy.

for those whose houses have been destroyed
by wind or fire or flood,
Lord, have mercy.

for those whose homes have been destroyed
by addiction or violence or poverty,
Lord, have mercy.

for the stranger in search of a welcome
and safe haven,
Lord, have mercy.

for those in positions of privilege
who are risking their jobs,
their reputations,
and even their lives
to change policy
for good,
Lord, have mercy.

for local agencies which offer
shelter in the storm
and provisions for the journey,
Lord, have mercy.

for weary disciples everywhere
who have answered the call
when the best-laid plans for respite
have gone awry
at exactly the wrong time,
Lord, have mercy.

for the church
in every form and function
seeking to be faithful
even as it transforms itself
to continue the work
of proclamation and healing,
Lord, have mercy.

for the myriad of ways
you shepherd your sheep,
providing living water
and nourishing Word,
even when do not recognize these blessings
for what they are,
we give you thanks.


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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