Prayers of the People/Intercession on Mission

Prayers of Confession on Mission

God of grace and truth, all-loving and all-holy: Give us the mind of Christ, the heart of Christ, and the will of Christ so that we may show the glory and goodness of Christ to the world: to neighbors near and far. In Your divine image You created every human being from every tongue, tribe, and nation. You sent Your Son as a gift for all of us, not just some of us. 

We pray that men, women and children everywhere may hear Your Son’s voice calling their name, and respond and follow Him as Lord and Savior. Empower missionaries and encourage believers in every corner of the globe as they serve You. And bring peace to those places overrun by war. Bring water to those ravaged by drought.  

Bring food to those starving in famine. And establish your justice among those oppressed by evil and injustice. For families—we pray that in purity and love, fidelity and compassion, perseverance and grace You will redeem broken families and strengthen all homes. For the sick—we pray for Your healing. 

For the grieving—we pray Your hope and comfort. For the lonely—we pray for Your companionship and the caring presence of Your people. For the unemployed—we pray for meaningful work. 

For the homeless—we pray for a decent place to call home. For the hopeless—we pray for light to break into the darkness to show the way out. For Your church—we pray unity in essentials of our faith in Jesus Christ as Lord; for diversity and freedom in non-essentials guided by Your Word and Spirit; and for grace, love and charity in all things, to Your glory! 

We thank Your Word preached, heard, and understood–now help us to live it in obedience to You; to the praise of Your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, in whose name we pray. AMEN

Richard Herman

God of compassion, truth, and grace—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—You are good and You are loving; You are faithful and You are strong.  You are always near us, and You hear us when we pray … as we do now.  

Hear us as we pray for those we love who are sick or injured, hurting in body, soul, mind, or spirit.  Please heal them.  

Hear us when we pray for those who grieve today—whether the hurt is new or lingering.  Please give them comfort in Your presence and hope by Your resurrection.  

Hear us as we pray for our nation—for our leaders, guide them in truth, justice, and compassion, that they will lead us in right paths not for political gain or from personal agendas but truly for the good of all people, especially the most vulnerable.  

And please protect those who serve to protect us—soldiers, sailors, airmen, marines, and coast guard; our police, firefighters, EMT’s and aid workers …and we ask Your grace and protection for those displaced by storms or fires and for all those working to aid them whether by restoring power, offering food, water, shelter, or supplies.  

Hear us, too, as we pray for the church … Your church: Remind us who and whose we are as Your Disciples.  Enable us to be kingdom people who want to know You more; and to trust You more than our own selves; who want to step out of the shadows and show Your love to all the least, the last, and the lost of our world; who are willing to follow wherever You lead us; who are one in truth, one in spirit, and one in serving, encouraging and caring for one another and for our neighbors. This we pray in the name of Jesus the Christ, our Lord and Savior.  AMEN

Richard Herman