Lord, we come to your Word with squashed dreams, devastated visions, and tremendous fears about the future. Breathe hope into our lives. Guide us with the light of the Hope Candle into new beginnings. Burn away the darkness with Hope today, Amen.
Wellspring of Hope, Whisperer of Wisdom, ceaseless Winds of Change:
You, Lord, have spoken everything into being in love,
You have weathered the storms and shifting sands of culture,
You have conquered depression and death.
We are so thankful as your people today.
Mighty God, we need your strength today.
Defend us when we are attacked by cancer, illness, and disease.
Reach into the pits of despair and pull us out of our darkness.
Hold us, Lord, as we grieve the loss of loved ones.
There is so much to fear today – yet your Kingdom is not a Kingdom of Fear,
But one of Love.
Send your courageous Spirit into our hearts
Send your resurrected Church into the world
Send us as we pray, Amen.
Prince of Peace, Comforter, Creator –
while we placing offerings in the plate,
a shooter was putting a bullet in the chamber;
while we were counting attendance,
he was sizing up ammunition;
while we came to pray, giving thanks for life,
he came to kill.
The people gathered in the sanctuary,
yet evil ripped through hymnals, pews, and people.
God have mercy.
Comfort your people’s pain.
Help us lay down our fears and weapons of massacre.
Aid us as we unload our anger and guilt.
Wipe the tears from our eyes so that our aim might be as true as your aim.
Gently trigger us into a holy conversation about peace
so that we might lead through this tragedy,
so that we might prevent another from occurring.
All in the name of the innocent crucified Savior, Jesus, Amen.