O God, as your Son drew apart
to be in prayer with you,
we offer our prayers
for the transformation of the world and the church.
To God who welcomes all in love,
let us pray for the good of the church
and the concerns of those in need.
As the prophet Isaiah rang out, “Arise, shine; for your light has come”;
empower your Church, O God,
to ring out the Good News of the Light of your son Jesus,
which pierces even the deepest darkness.
God of grace and God of glory,
yours is the voice we can scarcely hear
because you speak to us about grace and forgiveness,
chosen-ness and unconditional love,
and about suffering, dying, and new life.
You know each of us by name, O God,
and in your sight we have found favor,
yet our minds cannot comprehend the vision of your glory
or the vastness of your love.
Grant that as we glimpse your greatness,
reflected in your many gifts,
we may always return to you
the praise that is yours alone.
Let us pray for the whole Church, the nation, those in need, our church and special concerns. Oh God, we pray that all who confess your Name may be united in your truth, live together in your love, and reveal your glory in the world. Strengthen the leaders of our church that they may rightly preach your Word and administer your Sacraments.
God of mercy and healing,
you who hear the cries of those in need,
receive these petitions of your people
that all who are troubled
may know peace, comfort, and courage.
health of the sick, comfort of the sad, rebuke of the oppressor,
judge of the greedy, hope of the repentant, friend of the downtrodden;
in prayer we lift up to you this world with its outrageous injustices
yet also its outpouring of human kindness from ordinary people.