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Prayers of the People May 20, 2018
So long ago, O God, frightened disciples hid themselves away in a room, uncertain of everything, because the crucifixion of their beloved messiah had shattered all their dreams. And today, so many years later, if we are as uncertain of important matters as those first disciples were, help us to do as they did: to wait, to hope, to trust, and finally to receive the grace and renewal your Spirit offers. Let that Spirit overcome all our doubts, that we may receive new certainties for life and faith together.
How can we doubt the work of the church and its ability to make a difference in the world? You have given us your Holy Spirit, and prepared us for great things. You have granted us a new language governed by a grammar of grace and filled with a vocabulary of possibility. Let us dare to speak that universal tongue to the tired, warring, and divided world that needs to hear it. Let us use your language of concern where grief and loss have numbed life or left it bereft of joy. Especially today let us speak your love and hope to those who mourn the young people lost to the school shooting in Santa Fe, Texas. In fact, let us communicate your uniting and loving vision for this whole world and offer a helping hand for its renewal, wherever and whenever it is needed.
Because we have heard your voice speaking in the church and through its people, we cannot doubt our call to respond by making a difference. May we always be contributors to the conversation you began so long ago with the world. The ancient prophets told us, O God, that when the Holy Spirit was poured out upon us we would see visions; dream dreams; speak your truth; and calling upon you, find ourselves saved from every dark and despairing threat the world might present to us. We pray you will hear our voices call to you today, God. And we trust that when you respond, your words will speak again to us in that grammar of grace and vocabulary of possibility that every one of us understands.
So let your Holy Spirit blow freshly, bravely, among us. Let it tell us that your love for each of us, and for all of us, is as strong today as it was when the church began. Make us capable of sharing your assurances far and wide.
We pray in the name of the one we call your living Word. And in his memory we say now the prayer he taught his followers so long ago… The Lord’s Prayer.