Proper 21 | Year A

God of salvation,
who sent your Son to seek out and save what is lost,
hear our prayers
on behalf of those who are lost in our day,
receiving these petitions and thanksgivings
with your unending compassion.

We pray for the family of Jaymeson West,
The 16-year-old student who tragically lost his life
After battling depression.

We pray for all those wrestling with depression;
That when all is darkness
When they feel weak and helpless,
That you, O God, would give them a sense of your presence,
Your love, 
Your strength.

Help those suffering to have perfect trust
in Your protecting love
and strengthening power,
so that nothing may frighten or worry them,
for, living close to You,
they will see Your hand,
Your purpose, 
Your will through all things.

You hear us calling
You hear us calling
Abba Father

O God, author of Creation
Giver of Life:
We call upon your mercy and compassion now.
We pray for the people of Puerto Rico.

We pray for the hearts of the world
To be moved with compassion
We pray for the feet and hands of the world, ourselves included,
To be moved to help. 

Where there has been devastation,
Bring renewal.
Where there is suffering,
Bring comfort
Where there is need
Bring provision.

You hear us calling
You hear us calling
Abba Father

The world has great need of Your mercy, O God
As demonstrated by Christ,
As demonstrated by the global Church
As demonstrated by individuals.
May your spirit illumine our lives like never before
Bringing life where death has reigned.

Redeeming Sustainer,
visit your people
and pour out your strength and courage upon us,
that we may hurry to make you welcome
not only in our concern for others,
but by serving them
generously and faithfully in your name. Amen.

Lord have mercy
Christ have mercy
Lord have mercy
Christ have mercy