Prayers of the People

Date: 06/08/2020
Time: Prayers
Location: San Jose Episcopal Church

In the beginning of creation, God brought order out of chaos and intended for his beloved creatures a world of peace, beauty, and harmony.  This day, we ask the God of peace to once again bring harmony and balance to a world torn apart by the divisions of sin and the darkness of human hearts.

Gracious God, curb the chaos of racism, bigotry, and pride that has fueled and fuels still divisions between human beings who are all equally created in your own image.  (Silence)

Curb the chaos of violence and destruction, which is never endorsed by the Gospel of love given in your Son our Lord.  (Silence)

Curb the chaos of grief for the families of men and women unjustly killed in our world and for the families of police and first responders unjustly targeted while trying to serve in their own callings.  (Silence)

Curb the chaos of our political system, devolving rapidly from the ideals of freedom, representation, and voice into the mire of gaining power through separation and division.  (Silence)

Curb the chaos of our own hearts as we sit bewildered by forces that seem hopelessly beyond our ability to control.  Remind us daily that love and grace are expressed in action not sentiment, and that everywhere we choose to do the right thing instead of the wrong thing, your power flows through us.  (Silence)

Finally, gracious God, remind us that true peace, lasting peace, is available only in relationship with you.  Turn each of our hearts to find the peace you offer, even in the toughest of times, and give us the courage to express our faith and offer your love, as intended, to a hurting and broken world.  (Silence)   


Concluding Collect

Lord, make us instruments of your peace. Where there is
hatred, let us sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where
there is discord, union; where there is doubt, faith; where
there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where
there is sadness, joy. Grant that we may not so much seek to
be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive; it is
in pardoning that we are pardoned; and it is in dying that we
are born to eternal life. Amen.