Prayers of the People

By: Reality SF

In 2017, we started praying using the traditional liturgy of The Prayers of the People. These call-and-response prayers invite us to bring our emotional experiences before the Lord — to lament, to be formed with compassion, and to be moved to unity as we pray for our church and world.

When we used this form throughout the year, we mostly petitioned God for things we wanted to see change in our world. We grieved things that went wrong, and we declared our dependence on God. On the last Sunday of 2017, we practiced gratitude — thanking the Lord for His many blessings and provisions in our church, city, and world. Here was our prayer:

For our church community, Reality San Francisco, we pray together,
Lord, we thank you.

For the many blessings, gifts, and provisions we have received within our community this year,
Lord, we thank you.

For new life in our church, both those physically born into families as well as those spiritually born again into the family of God,
Lord, we thank you.

For breakthroughs, renewed callings, restored relationships, and all kinds of deliverance from sickness, oppression, and bondage, we pray,
Lord, we thank you.

For your comfort, peace, and hope for all those who have experienced tragedy and loss,
Lord, we thank you.

For our brothers and sisters in this church family, and for those who lead, serve, and care for us through every season, we pray,
Lord, we thank you.

For our city of San Francisco and the surrounding Bay Area, we pray,
Lord, we thank you.

For the beauty, creativity, generosity, advocacy, and all kinds of common grace in our city,
Lord, we thank you.

For all those in our city who care for the homeless, destitute, aged, and infirm, we pray,
Lord, we thank you.

For all those who do justice and fight for the cause of the widow, orphan, poor, and marginalized, together we pray,
Lord, we thank you.

For our city leaders, board of supervisors, and acting Mayor, London Breed, we pray,
Lord, we thank you.

For our nation where we can freely worship You, and for the amazing world you have made, together we pray,
Lord, we thank you.

For the Church Universal, our brothers and sisters across all tribes, tongues, and nations,  bound together by the love of the Father, the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, we pray,
Lord, we thank you.

You, O God, are a gracious and kind Father to your children.
May Your Kingdom come and Your will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven,
Amen.