Prayers for the Reign of Christ

Trusting the promise that God will hear us, we offer our prayers for the world God loves, the Church God calls, and all people according to their needs, saying, Lord, in your mercy, and responding, Hear our prayer.

[Brief pause]

God of all, we praise you for galaxies and stars, for dust clouds and black holes, for oceans and deserts, for jungles and forests, for meadows and mountains, insects and mammals, flying fish and swimming birds. Enable us to proclaim you sovereign over all creation. Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God of all, we praise you for men and women, infants and seniors, parents and neighbours, siblings and strangers, teachers and students, doctors and nurses, social workers and politicians, protesters and marchers, factory workers and dreamers. Enable us to proclaim you sovereign over all human society. Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God of all, we praise you for clergy and council members, organists and choir members, lay people and bishops, old idealists and youthful traditionalists, new members and former pastors, chapels and cathedrals, drums and guitars, word and sacrament, missionaries and opportunities to serve right where we are. Enable us to proclaim you sovereign over all the church. Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God of all, we praise you for your presence with shut-ins and patients, the sick and the lonely, the unemployed and the addicted, single parents and homeless children, refugees and aid workers, child soldiers and wounded civilians, those who are mourning and those who are dying, and those we name before you.
[Long pause]
Enable us to proclaim you sovereign over all human misery. Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God of all, we praise you for prophets and preachers, truth proclaimers and honesty cravers, those who say what needs to be said and those who hear what needs to be heard, those who speak with integrity and those who listen with openness, those whom we crucify on the cross of convenience and those who refuse to hate, the rich who embrace their responsibility and the poor who are embraced by you. Enable us to proclaim you sovereign over all human wisdom. Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

We offer these spoken prayers, as well as those offered in the silence of our hearts, to you, O God, in the name of Jesus.
Amen.

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