God most high,
God with us,
we praise you with every word we speak
and with every moment we fall silent.
You hear our prayer
and sustain us along with all living things.
You forgive our sins
and bring us close
to live in the goodness of your holy presence.
We pray for your awesome deeds of salvation,
for us and to all the farthest edges of the earth.
With the strength that raised mountains,
calm the roaring seas of conflict;
calm the waves of violence and oppression;
draw all nations and peoples close to each other.
We pray for everyone who longs for your joy:
for those who are sick or in pain from morning to night;
for those whose grief weighs them down;
for those who hunger and thirst
for guidance, righteousness, or food.
Rain down your love once again, O God.
Soften our hearts, so our lives can bear your fruit.
Crown our lives with your goodness,
and let everything we do overflow with blessings for your people.
We pray in the one who bring us joy,
Jesus the Christ, who taught us to pray:
The Lord’s Prayer
Submitted by Rev. Nathan Williams, Covenant Presbyterian Church, West Des Moines, IA
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