Pour out your Spirit on all who gather here and on all who call upon your mighty name. In times of uncertainty, pain, and fear - pull us out from our places of comfort so that we may become instruments of your peace. Let us not stand aside in hope that someone else will step forward, but help us to take on the mantle of holy leadership. Guide our hearts, our feet, our mouths, and everything that we do – so that all people may be assured of your grace, your mercy, and your love.
Let our faith be more than an acknowledgement of your many blessings – make it a catalyst for our doing, a spark for the Spirit and stimulant to our souls. With the knowledge and understanding of your mighty power, help us to become a people of action. Let all that we are - and all that we hope to become, be guided not only by you - but also toward you.
Today we lift up those who are afraid, those who are wounded, and those who are in danger. As people of faith, we call upon your name - for peace and protection from all the forces of wickedness and from all the sin that has begun to come forth. We cry out against the alt-right, we denounce the evils of racism and white nationalism – Help us to do away with Islamophobia, homophobia, and anti-Semitism.
Today, O Lord, we acknowledge your ultimate power and your eternal plan – knowing that all of creation is moving towards your final reconciliation. But until that happens help us to stand against these dangerous ideologies – work within us to create your kingdom now - bringing all that is dark into your everlasting light.
In that same Spirit, we pray for those who would do us harm, for those who think and believe differently than we do. Let the lives that we live be an example of your abundant grace – provide us with opportunities like this one today to show the world your awesome love – move within the hearts and minds of all people so that we may be reconciled to each other in the same way that we seek to be reconciled with you.
We ask all of this in your most Holy Name.