The People’s Prayer

Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name.

Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven…

May we learn to make good of what we’re given rather than simply try to make sense of it.

May we be too busy risking, dreaming, doing, creating, loving, leading, innovating, pursuing bold ideas and showing a better way than to criticize others.

May we always value people above politics, policies, dogma or rigid ideology – or our own need to be right.

May we be a church that truly celebrates and cultivates diversity, equality, inclusion, and belonging – choosing unity over uniformity and solidarity over division.

May we learn to find liberation in limitations and disruptions, to say no to what is good so we can say yes to what is best.

May we be a people that run into the fray as first responders, not from it.

May our love always travel faster than our truth and farther than our fear.

May we have the maturity to embrace the mysteries of God, trusting the He is good even in the midst of uncertainty.

May we learn to choose joy, gratitude and happiness here and now, not waiting for circumstances to change.

May we have the courage to see that faith is not given, it’s grown…and that even struggles can produce perseverance, and perseverance character and character – hope.

May we be marked by radical forgiveness & generosity, recognizing that all good things are gifts from the Giver of Life.

May we never let fear masquerade as wisdom, or keep us from moving forward or stepping out onto the waters to follow where Jesus leads.

May we be a refuge and sanctuary for the vulnerable and hurting and skeptical, and whisper gently through our lives the possibility that they need not stay that way.

May our dreams and imaginations for the future be greater than the memories of our past, trusting that God’s mercies are new every morning and the best is yet to come.

May we grow daily in knowledge, wisdom, humility, grace, and intimacy with Jesus.
May we find and call out the light in others, knowing every human bears the fingerprints of God.

Like Jesus, may we loose the bonds of injustice, liberate the captives, amplify the voices of the unheard, be a father to the fatherless, mother to the motherless, an advocate for the poor, the tired, the sick, the hungry, the oppressed, the depressed, the disenfranchised, the numb and the lonely, and even those wealthy in resources but poor in spirit – and be a messenger of mercy and a sweet song of hope.

May we remember that alone we can do nothing, but with Christ we are more than Conquerors.

Lord, may your kingdom come and your will be done in Our Lives as it is in Heaven.

For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever: Amen.

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