Dear God, we pray with gratitude for the constant light of your love. 

We pray for the whole world, in these times of turmoil and violence: for an end to tyranny and terrorism, for the fleeing refugees from many unsafe nations, for the homeless families, the hungry and suffering children. These struggles are overwhelming for us to comprehend. We pray for the victims of gun violence in our nation. We want to be leaders for peace in the world. You are the way and the light. Let your light shine on all of your children.

Lord, we pray for your light to break forth like the dawn, and your healing to spring up quickly.

Dear God, like the salt of the earth, and the light of the world, bless your churches to speak and act with God’s love, as that is the answer for healing our world.

Open our hearts to shine with the love of Jesus, to heal us, to stand up for what is right, and to serve others. Make still our minds to feel your grace.

Dear God, we pray with gratitude for Presiding Bishop Michael, Bishop Melissa Skelton, Fr. Berto, Fr. Hugh, Marianne, Karen, our Vestry, and the hearts and hands of Emmanuel Parish. We are blessed with this church community coming together to support and serve, as Jesus taught us. We find our joy in giving, as we are each best able.

Bless and guide our Emmanuel Parish. In your light, we see light. Compassion, service and love are the strength and wisdom for the world. Keep us in your care. 

Dear God, we pray for the health of your abundant natural world which sustains us. Help us to act and speak boldly for preserving our earth, air, water and forests. It is urgent for our actions to reflect our gratitude and reverence for your creation. 

Guide us Lord in urgently protecting and understanding your natural order. May your Holy Spirit bring us the wisdom and the way.

Dear God, we pray for our United States, in this time of distrust, and division. We pray for our government to act in accord with equal human and legal rights for all, and strong stewardship of our natural resources. We pray for our elected officials, to make right decisions for the welfare of all people and your creation.

 Let each heart know that the power of your grace is the answer, the wisdom and the way. 

Dear God, we pray for the needs of each of us, as you know us Lord, and especially those who struggle with mental health issues, addiction, hunger, homelessness, illness, pain, and for those we name here silently and aloud:

Lord, let each heart know your peace, healing, and love. With gratitude we pray.

For the mystery of our after life, we pray that you hold each of us in your eternal love, and be with those who have passed before us.

 How priceless is the light of your love God. With gratitude we pray.