Prayers of the People

By: Reality SF

At yesterday’s gatherings, we reflected on our calling as a Kingdom of priests, and how part of that involves interceding and praying for our world. Using the traditional liturgy of The Prayers of the People, we chose to wade into the hurt of our world, bringing it all to Jesus the Healer, who is near to the brokenhearted. Last week in particular, the hurt of our world was on full display, especially at our nation’s borders. Here was our prayer:

For San Francisco, for every city and community, and for those who live in them, let us pray to the Lord,
Lord, have mercy.

For the aged and infirm, for the widowed and orphans, and for the sick and the suffering, let us pray to the Lord.
Lord, have mercy.

For the poor and the oppressed, for the unemployed and the destitute, for prisoners and captives, for the refugee and immigrant, and for all who remember and care for them, let us pray to the Lord.
Lord, have mercy.

We pray for our city — that it would be a place of welcome, generosity, and healing for people seeking community.
Lord, have mercy.

We pray for our country — that you would use this season to shape us into a nation that embraces more of the values of Your Kingdom.
Lord, have mercy.

For the leaders of the nations and for all in authority, that they would desire peace above war and generosity above greed, let us pray to the Lord.
Lord, have mercy.

As we turn our hearts to what is happening at our borders: we ask for Your justice for any wrongdoing or systemic violation of your Imago Dei.
Lord, have mercy.

For the families that have been separated at our borders, by either systemic negligence, or by cruel policy: we ask for You to move mountains to bring them back together, in Jesus’ name.
Lord, have mercy.

For the parents who have been separated from their children: comfort them with Your Holy Spirit and bring assurance to their spirits that You will protect and provide for their children.
Lord, have mercy.

For every child who has been separated from their parents: protect their minds from the scars of this season, shepherd their hearts to a place of comfort and peace as they wait to be reunited with their parents, and provide for their every need by a miraculous outpouring of Your presence, we pray.
Lord, have mercy.

Raise up leaders in our government who will be effective advocates for justice and humanizing policies for our citizens, for our immigrants, and for our neighbors.
Lord, have mercy.

For our hurting world, and for the Unity of the Church as we respond in gentleness, strength, and compassion, let us pray to the Lord.
Lord, have mercy.

For Your Kingdom come and Your will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven,
Lord, have mercy.

 

As Christ’s redeemed Kingdom of priests, may we continue to intercede for our city, nation, and world this week.