Lector: Dear Lord of our creation and salvation, we open our hearts to you in prayer.

For your churches throughout the world, may they be inspired and guided through your Holy Spirit to serve others. You call us to offer food to the hungry and satisfy the needs of the afflicted.  

Let our light rise in the darkness with the Lord as our guide.

Bless all who enter this church, Emmanuel, as visitors for our service, music concerts, dinner kitchen, the labyrinth, prayer and meditation, or to rest in the beauty of this place of peace.  Bless all those who serve in our mission to love God, God’s creation, and our neighbors as ourselves. 

Lord of compassion and mercy, bless us with your healing of our own infirmities, as we offer service to others, in the name of Jesus Christ.

Lord of compassion and great kindness, lead us to resolve the world crisis of migrant people, seeking safety for their families, fleeing from danger and atrocities. Bless these United States, our President, and those who make decisions for this country and the world. We pray for your hand to be on their hearts and minds. 

Lord of Power and Might, make us leaders for peace in the world with equality for all people. Let our light rise in the darkness. We are in your hands.

Comfort prisoners and captives, the hungry and homeless, and all who suffer in body, mind or spirit. Bless and restore all those who remember and care for them, as taught by our Lord Jesus Christ. 

Lord of Power and Might, bring faith and hope to all who need your compassion and protection.

We pray, silently or aloud, for each person in need of your healing comfort and peace, whether from illness, pain, loss, or addiction, (Pause.)  We prayespecially those we name now:

Lord of compassion and great kindness, bring your renewal, healing and peace to each one. We are all equally your children.

We pray for your creation of the natural world we depend on: clean air and water, the Boreal forests, the ice caps and oceans. We are deeply concerned about the changing climate, and the fires burning in the Amazon.

Lord of Power and Might, give all nations the wisdom, will and purpose to conserve this good earth to your honor. 

For the lives and safety of fire fighters, medics, helping professionals and volunteers who put themselves at risk to save others, in the rapidly occurring flooding and weather events.

Lord of Power and Might, protect and sustain these men and women in their call to service, and all who serve for the good of others.

For those who have died. May they be joyfully shining in your heavenly light.

Bless the grieving loved ones. Hold them close in your comfort and peace dear Lord.

Presider: Lord of compassion and mercy, nourish us with your eternal goodness. Graft in our hearts the love of your name, with all our soul, and all that is within us. We pray and honor you Lord, in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.