February 12, 2012 - 10:15am
O God of grace and truth,
we pray for your church when we are gathered in worship,
and we pray for your church when we are alone, by ourselves.
Help us always be caring, courageous and compassionate,
never giving in to fear and indifference.
Help us provide safety and support for those who are hurting,
those who are struggling with hard questions and deep wounds.
Help us also reach out with particular and specific compassion,
and work to right the wrongs of life and bring justice to your world.
O Jesus Christ, you who have given yourself for humankind on the cross,
pour out your Holy Spirit on your church.
Inspire us by your presence among us.
Raise us up to do your work in the world.
Meld our sometimes cacophonous voices into a beautiful symphony of grace,
that we may make peace among people,
bring hope where there is despair,
and proclaim your salvation to the ends of the earth.
Give us courage to live our faith every day.
Renew us each time we gather as your people.
We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.