May we who are branches on the vine of Christ raise our voices in prayer for our beloved families, friends and neighbors and for all people across the world.
For the church and for all Christians, that we may remember that we are all branches of the true vine, we pray:
For peace: that God will guide and give wisdom to all who are working to end warfare or defuse tension between nations or cultures, we pray:
For all who are experiencing pruning through loss, transition, or change: that God will give them strength, guide them, and help them find courage, support, and hope through fellow believers, we pray:
For the children of our community who are celebrating First Eucharist this week, may they come to be part of the vine that bears good fruit, and may we as a community continue to nourish their faith, we pray:
For those who are ill and have asked for our prayers, including Todd Teiken, Marna Keenan, and Thaddeus Myslinski. May all who suffer be comforted by our love and concern and by God’s healing touch, we pray:
For all who mourn the death of a loved one; may all who have died be forever held in the loving arms of God, we pray:
Gracious God, you are the vine grower who has given us your Son to bind us to him and to one another. Help us to remember that we are not alone, and empower us to bear good fruit. We ask these things in the name of Jesus, the true vine. Amen.