Prayers Of The People ~ Rev. Allen V. Harris

Sunday, December 16, 2012

 

Oh God,

 

We, your people, gather once again with emotions swirling within us, too confusing and chaotic to understand fully.  We are in the midst of Advent, when we prepare our hearts, minds, and homes for the coming once again of your Christ into our midst.  And yet, as we make ready to welcome the Holy Child, our lives have been torn asunder by news of the death of children and those who care for them.  It is almost impossible for us to gather in joy and in hope in and in peace in our sanctuary without acknowledging the sorrow and the suffering in Connecticut.

 

We certainly pray for the families who have lost loved ones and we long for the peace we know that is you, O God, to fill their lives.

 

We pray for the families of children and school staff who were traumatized by the events of this past Friday and we long for the peace we know that is you, O God, to fill their lives.

 

We pray for the safety personnel, the counselors, the Newtown leaders, and all who must try to make sense of this horrific act and we long for the peace we know that is you, O God, to fill their lives.

 

And we pray for a nation and a world in which violence, even against our most vulnerable, is perpetrated too frequently, too thoughtlessly, and too often goes unnoticed.  As people of ultimate hope, we yearn for the day when no one is the target of such violence and all people’s dignity and worth are honored and treasured.

 

May our pain be transformed into energy; may our despair be turned into wisdom; may our anxiety be converted into action; and may our sorrow be the seeds of a new world of respect, security, and love.

 

We add to these the prayers of your people, O God, for those things that affect us personally.  We ask for prayers of healing and health, for comfort and support, and for celebration and joy for us and our loved ones.

 

May it be so.

Amen

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