Prayers for the People

With joy for the gift of the Holy Spirit, we pray for the well-being of the church, the world, and all in need.We thank you for the wonder that erupted on the day of Pentecost, for the birth of the church, for the gifts of amazement and challenge, and for all the witnesses whose lives have been altered by your power alive in our world.For the many peoples of this earth whose divisions differ, whose languages offer special insights, whose ways of compassion and worship feed our own, we thank you.For the earth itself, through whose creatures we see your love and in whose winds we remember the coming of your Spirit, we thank you.Make us grateful for the confounding experiences the Holy Spirit’s presence creates in our lives, for the marvel of new visions, for the wisdom in prophetic words, and for the prayers of your great high priest.Make us hungry to protect the health and nurturance of all people; let your fire burn in the leaders of the nations, in governors and mayors, on city councils and school boards; guard the lives of peacemakers, soldiers, philosophers, teachers and artists. Pool the skills and passions of all your people for the sake of our delight and the nourishment of others.Give comfort to all people who are refugees from war and famine, those who are lonely and frightened, ill, imprisoned, homeless or without work, and those who face death today. We pray especially for those we name before you…Knowing it is your Holy SPirit who has flowed through your witnesses of ages past, we give you thanks for all the saints who have gone before us, especially…With them, and with the confidence that you hear our prayers, we recommend all for whom we lift our voices, trusting that you give more than we need. Through your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.