Our heavenly Father,
We dare to imagine a world
where hunger has no chance to show its face.
We dare to dream of a world
where war and terror are afraid to leave their mark.
We long to believe in a world of hope
unchained and lives unfettered.
We dare to share in the creation of a world
where your people break free.
We dare to chase after your heart, oh Lord,
that our minds and our lives may be renewed…restored.
For it is with you, that the hope of peace may be made real.
Your kingdom come, O God.
Your will be done.
We ask all this in the name of the Father,
of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
In prayer, let us confess to God as a community.
Lord of our hearts, God of our lives, hear our prayers:
the sighs, the cries, the joys of our deepest thoughts.
We share all our thoughts with you, O God,
knowing that you hear and answer us,
providing us with what is best.
Come, O God, and hear us now.
Lord of all, source of health and healing,
we come to you with worries, concerns, fears, wrongs, and sins.
We seek your compassion,
turning over to you all that separates us from you,
God of our hectic busyness and petty obsessions,
God of our secrecies and our defeats.
Create in me a clean heart, O God,
and put a new and right spirit within me.
Do not cast me away from your presence,
and do not take your Holy Spirit from me.
Restore to me the joy of your salvation,
and sustain in me a willing spirit.
We pray to you, our God in community, holy in One.
How do we connect with the earthiness and humanness of David’s life and story?
How do we embrace the reality that we are all chosen by God?
May the word of Christ guide you.
May the light of his Spirit bless the work you do
with the love and warmth of your heart.
May people see in you the beauty of your soul
reflecting the image of Christ.
May your work never weary you.
May the Holy Spirit within overflow with the wellsprings of refreshment, inspiration and excitement
that all may know how good and gracious is our Father in heaven.
In the name of the Father,
of the Son
and of the Holy Spirit, we pray. Amen.
Go in peace and live the church.
See you throughout the week.
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