Proclaiming the Good News of God in Christ

Supplemental Prayers of the People: Weeks of June 13th and 20th, 2016

 

 

 

These special Prayers of the People were written by Bishop Barker and the DioNEB road team for the Diocese of Nebraska this week in response to the tragedy in Orlando. They are encouraged for use in worship throughout the diocese for the next two weeks.

 

In the aftermath of the tragic events in Orlando earlier this week, we offer these prayers for our Church, our world, and ourselves. Let us join our voices together in faith and solidarity to the God of comfort, justice, and peace saying, “hear our prayer.”

We pray for those who lost their lives in a moment of terror while seeking after joy, delight, and community. Comfort us in the knowledge that at the end of our earthly journey, life is changed not ended, and that we will dwell in perfect union with the God who knows us by name and takes pride in the whole human creation.
God of comfort, justice, and peace, hear our prayer.

We pray for those who are injured and those who mourn.
Heal the broken hearts and broken bodies of your stricken children by the power of your Spirit. In your time, restore to wholeness those who grieve and whose hope is shattered.
God of comfort, justice, and peace, hear our prayer.

We pray for victims of gun violence everywhere, and for all those who live in the shadow of fear and oppression.
Give us courage to walk in the way of the Prince of Peace;
Humility to loosen our grip on certitude and self-interest;
and a spirit of compromise to find a way forward when the lives of our neighbors are imperiled.
God of comfort, justice, and peace, hear our prayer.

We pray for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender community in Nebraska and throughout the world.
Increase in us the knowledge that every human being is created in God’s image,
and cherished in the fold of the Good Shepherd.
Help us to remember that Jesus showed special preference for those who are marginalized and oppressed.
Empower us to build a Church that celebrates the life and the love of every unique member of the Body of Christ.
God of comfort, justice, and peace, hear our prayer.

We pray for our Muslim brothers and sisters throughout the world during this solemn season of Ramadan.
Help us to celebrate our common ancestry as children of Abraham.
Where our differences are real, banish fear from our hearts,
and help us to affirm all that is holy in our sacred neighbor.
God of comfort, justice, peace, hear our prayer.

We pray for the Diocese of Nebraska, for our fifty-three congregations both large and small throughout the state.
Unite us across our differences, keep our doors open as sanctuaries of refuge and transformation, and bless our individual lives with the knowledge and wonder of your real presence in the creation in which we dwell.
God of comfort, justice, and peace, hear our prayer.

We ask all these things in the name of Jesus, the executed, risen, and living Christ. AMEN

 

 

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