Living and Holy God, we give you thanks for your word of life
and the gift of your invitation to know and serve you in Jesus Christ.
Hear our prayers, in the name of Christ, the holy and blameless one.
We pray for those who seek you,
who work to keep your blessed way.
Teach them in the quiet and gentle voice of the heart.
We pray for those who teach and those who learn,
that their work together would reveal the love you have for all your people.
We pray for all whose way falters, due to sin, weakness, or despair.
Strengthen your people, restore the broken, and rescue the lost.
We pray for those who are excluded or put to shame,
that they would be strengthened by the gift of your word
and the presence of your church.
We pray for all who are sick, struggling, grieving, or worried,
that they might know your healing
and delight to praise you with upright hearts.
We pray for your will to be done,
and we offer ourselves to your service,
in Jesus’ name, saying together:
The Lord’s Prayer
Rev. Nathan Williams, Echo Hill Presbyterian Church, Cedar Rapids IA