Proper 27 | Year A

God of life, we praise you for your abiding presence
from generation to generation,
blessing your people,
strengthening us to lives of service,
empowering us to witness.
Hear the prayers we offer on behalf of your creation.

Heavenly Father,
You have called us into the body of Christ:
Help us to live as one in Him.
You have given us one faith:
Keep us in the one true faith.
You have equipped us for the unity of faith:
Help us to attain that unity by way of forgiveness.
You have given us your love, in Christ:
Enable us to speak your truth in love.

You hear us calling,
You hear us calling,
Abba Father

O God, you made humankind in your own likeness,
and you love what you have made.
Give to those that have been placed in
seats of authority a sense of awe and
humility before you as their
Creator and Lord.

Help them to see the unity of
the human family and promote it.
Enable them to feel the suffering of
humankind and alleviate it.

Make conference tables instruments of peace.
Help our counselors to resolve their differences
always in the interest of justice among the people they serve, 
and keep them from national or racial pride that would
jeopardize the safety of any nation. 
Make them your servants to serve your will.

You hear us calling,
You hear us calling,
Abba Father

O God, again we gather in the wake of another mass shooting.
We pray for the town of Sutherland Springs.
Help us to resist the temptation to grow numb,
Help us to not accept the pandemic of gun violence as normal, 
And form us into a people committed to peace.

As we celebrate Veterans Day we are grateful for the selfless sacrifice given by so many.
We pray for those who served,
For those who love them,
And those whose lives are upended by conflicts.
We pray for those displaced, damaged, and devastated.
May we never forget their bravery and sacrifice, 
But may we be ever aware of the suffering, grief, and cost. 

Heavenly Father, grant that as we serve you now on earth,
so we may one day rejoice with all the saints
in your kingdom of light and peace,
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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