Prayers of the People 2021-9-12

Our Lord and Savior, may we as a community, as a church and as individuals listen closely to Wisdom with her spotless mirror of the working of God. Help us to see the divine goodness in the midst of our trials and troubles. Encourage us to love you and one another so we can move closer to being the beloved community we long for.

Shape your church to better demonstrate unending love for all, especially the outcasts, oppressed, and those we find hardest to love, whether powerless or powerful. Bless St. Luke’s as we strive to become a welcoming and diverse church with Christian worship and service at our heart. Bless Michael, our Presiding Bishop; Greg, our Bishop; Britt, our Vicar, that her sabbatical may restore and renew her. Bless Hillary, our Curate; Mary, our Associate Priest and all of us who minister to others in our ordinary lives, following our Baptismal promises. Sustain the work of Edible Hope, the Bridge and the Seattle School. Help St. Luke’s move toward redevelopment with partners who understand our vision for affordable family housing, new church space and a mixed income community. Bless our sister churches St. Hilda St. Patrick, Edmonds and Trinity, Everett. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We remember those who died in attacks so horrific we can hardly imagine the reality of the brutality, the humanity of the perpetrators or the terrors of the dying: The Twin Towers of 9/11; mass shootings from Sandy Hook to Orlando; racial violence against Blacks, Asian Americans, Muslims and indigenous people; and so many wars. Remind us we are more alike than we are different and that the way to have earth be more like heaven requires love, even for those we hate. Provide Wisdom for all those in authority, including Joe, our President; Jay, our Governor and Jenny, our Mayor. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Blessed by your gift of a verdant planet with its capacity for abundant food and water for all, we lament the poor stewardship of generations before us and our own failures to urgently restore our planet. Teach us to use less, eat more wisely, share more of our privilege and push for policy changes that recognize the immediate need for action. Exhort us to let neither apathy or discouragement keep us from making radical changes that can make a difference in our own lives as well as the generations to come. Teach us to inspire others to join us in this work. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

On our doorstep live unsheltered souls, some of whom suffer from mental illness and/or addiction, with few opportunities for effective treatment. Living rough intensifies other problems. Guide our citizens and leadership to act on providing needed services and needed housing for the safety of the least and the lost as well as the larger community. Keep us from demonizing one another, which only distracts us from finding workable solutions. Prod us to make haste in tending to others. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Comfort and heal all those who suffer from any illness or trouble. Offer strength, hope and courage to each one and to those who care for them. We lift up Susan, Jane, Mary, Joe, Karen, Jo, Rick, Diane, Chrisanne, Manny, Clare, Zach, Aaron, Rachel, Cameron, Ed and Jennifer and those we now name aloud or in chat______________. Hold each in the palm of your hand. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Holy One, thank you for each breath of life, for the return of rain, for laughter and tears, for birth or chosen families who love us, for dear friends, for delightful pet companions, for worship and prayer that sustain us. Thank you for the anniversaries of our joys: marriage, births, baptisms and ordinations and so many celebrations of our lives. Thank you for these many blessings and those we now name aloud or in chat__________. We are your grateful people. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Raise up all those who have died and comfort their loved ones who mourn. We praise you for all your saints. Today we remember those we now name aloud, in our hearts or in chat__________________. May we also share in your heavenly kingdom. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.