Based on Luke 15:1-10, parables of the lost sheep and lost coin
Gracious and merciful God, we come before you as we are today, imperfect, yes, but open to your transformation. We return a portion of the gifts with which you have so richly blessed us, in the hope that they might be used to spread your word of welcome and joy throughout our troubled and fragmented world.
We claim you are master of the whole universe, and so we turn to you with prayers for the whole of creation. Give our battered world rest from storms, recovery from winds and rains. Let our earth repair and heal, so that all of us, who rely on its bounty and its beauty, may rest assured our home is safe.
As Jesus’ disciples, we hear with awe the stories of how he calmed storms with a word, healed the sick with a touch, and reoriented lives with simple parables that spoke of your most unexpectedly gracious love. Let us, like the first to know Christ, receive from him the same powerful words of calm, that same healing touch, and his parables’ same promises, which we need for today. And help us willingly share his message of healing, hope
Then, day by day, week by week, and year after
We trust Jesus’ pledge that you, God, seek after us all – whether we know we are lost or not. We trust that all who are lost will be found. With humble hearts we turn to you, God, accepting that tender care for us, allowing it to give us peace of mind and bring us home to you. And with one voice, we offer now the simple, grateful prayer Jesus taught us to say together … The Lord’s Prayer.