God of all the earth,
we call on you because we know you will answer.
Hear us now!
It seems like all the powers of the world are working together,
making plans against the well-being of your beloved people.
The forces of division set the strong against the weak
and exploit our need to care for those closest to us.
Reveal your enduring strength that rises up within human communities.
Insecurity and uncertainty drive us to hoard the good things of life.
Open our clenched fists, restore our depleted earth, and join us to one another.
Violence, illness, poverty, and death pursue us,
especially those on our hearts today whom we lift up before you…
Drive away everything that takes away life,
and send forth the healing power of your name.
Let all the world know the grace of your reign,
for you alone are the sovereign of all.
We pray through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who taught us to pray, saying…
The Lord’s Prayer
Submitted by Rev. Nathan Williams, Covenant Presbyterian Church, West Des Moines, IA