Proper 8 | Year A

Creator God,
you call us to love and serve you
with body, mind, and spirit
through loving your creation
and our sisters and brothers.
Open our hearts in compassion
and receive these prayers
on behalf of the needs of the church and the world.

Gracious God,
we are grateful that you have revealed yourself to us,
each of us loved by you as children,
each of us a reflection of you,
each of us bound together by love,
which is in fact your presence among us.

Love shall overcome,
Love shall overcome.
Love shall overcome,
Love shall overcome

We come to you weary and carrying heavy burdens.
Some of us bear the yoke of illness;
some of us bear the yoke of loss and grief;
some of us bear the yoke of caring for those who cannot care for themselves;
some of us bear the yoke of unemployment or underemployment;
some of us bear the yoke of hunger;
some of us bear the yoke of homelessness;
some of us bear the yoke of oppression or marginalization;
some of us bear the yoke of violence;
some of us bear the yoke of anger;
some of us bear the yoke of depression;
some of us bear the yoke of addiction.

From these and so many other burdens, O God,
we pray for rest;
we pray healing;
we pray for release;
we pray for wholeness.

Love shall overcome,
Love shall overcome.
Love shall overcome,
Love shall overcome

On this holiday weekend,
we recognize that our nation also bears many burdens:
we don’t trust our leaders;
we cannot find ways to work together for the common good;
we allow the least among us to suffer and decline;
we lose our children to endless conflicts and wars;
we fixate on what divides us
rather than on what brings us together as one people.

O God, we pray for our leaders at every level of government.
We pray that they would not see you as Lord-elect, 
But as you truly are
King of Kings, and Lord of Lords.
Grant that our leaders would not delay
in obeying Christ until he returns,
But that by your grace they would work to do your will.

Hear our prayer,
Hear your people.
Turn our hearts to you,
Make us whole again

Hear our prayer,
Hear your people.
Turn our hearts to you,
Make us one.

Remind us this weekend of our calling.
Remind us of our common creed
that all people are created equal.
Inspire us to ensure that all of your children
enjoy life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
Help us to be profoundly grateful for our freedom and security,
to never take these gifts for granted,
and to use them for the betterment of all.

God of all life,
may peace and justice fill our land
and, indeed, the whole world.
We pray for places around the globe where people are victimized,
where safety is threatened,
where freedoms are denied,
where life is treated as anything less than sacred.

We pray this morning for the continued suffering and violence
in Mosul, Syria - where women are forced to boil cardboard
until it is soft enough to feed to their children.
We know you are near to the broken hearted,
And you are present with the people of Mosul even now.
Help us to not turn a blind eye or deaf ear,
But that your love might move us to compassion,
And from compassion into action.

Hear our prayer,
Hear your people.
Turn our hearts to you,
Make us whole again

Hear our prayer,
Hear your people.
Turn our hearts to you,
Make us one.

Gracious God,
grant us the yoke of Christ,
binding us together,
tethered by your love,
guided by your presence,
bringing your kingdom into this world.

Hear our prayers
that we may love you with our whole being
and willingly share the concerns of our neighbors. Amen.

Hear our prayer,
Hear your people.
Turn our hearts to you,
Make us whole again

Hear our prayer,
Hear your people.
Turn our hearts to you,
Make us one.