Prayers for the day:

PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION

With confidence in God’s compassion and generosity, let us pray for the church, the world, and all of God’s creation.

O God, we pray for the church throughout the world, that it not be found wanting or ashamed of its mission. Each day, inspire the church to continue to pick up the cross of Christ. Lord, in your mercy,

hear our prayer.

We pray for places affected by storms, floods, and forest fires (especially). Grant safety to those who rescue and repair, and hope to those whose families, homes, or livelihoods have been lost. Lord, in your mercy,

hear our prayer.

We pray for the nations of the world, their governments, leaders, and citizens (especially). Let peace and justice flourish. Lord, in your mercy,

hear our prayer.

We pray for those who are victims of gossip, false accusations, or threats. Speak a word of healing to those who have been lashed by others’ tongues. Heal and preserve those in any need (especially). Lord, in your mercy,

hear our prayer.

We pray for ministries of teaching and learning in this congregation and community. Bless teachers and students, and use their words and actions to build up, not rip down. Lord, in your mercy,

hear our prayer.

God of steadfastness, we remember with joy and thanksgiving all who have taught us to pick up the cross boldly. With them, may we bear the life of Christ to those around us. Lord, in your mercy,

hear our prayer.

Into your hands, gracious God, we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in your mercy; through Jesus Christ, our Savior.

Amen.