Knowing that Jesus still stands among us, we lay before him our prayers for ourselves, for others and for the world.
For the church: may its faith be ever fresh and open to new understanding, we pray:
For peace where there is no peace, especially where violence is propelled by religion, we pray:
For those whose lives are devoted to protecting others and keeping the peace: for the military and all first responders, for negotiators, diplomats, and policy-makers, we pray:
For all who are broken and wounded: that they may find healing in Christ and that God will help us recognize them as our brothers and sisters through the wounded Christ, we pray:
For the courage to press forward in our own lifelong faith journeys, we pray:
For those who are ill, including Todd Teiken. May they feel Jesus’ healing touch, we pray:
For all who mourn the death of a loved one, especially Elvi Pilon. May they find comfort in the joy of Jesus’ resurrection, we pray:
God of our ancestors, you have given us Jesus as your great final gift, to lead us, guide us and bring us peace. We ask you to strengthen our faith and give us the courage to keep his commandments. Keep us aware of his presence among us, we pray in his name. Amen.