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The Lord be with you.
And also with you.

Let us pray* for God's people everywhere, lending our bold "Amen" to our prayer.

Let us pray, sisters and brothers, for the power to discern what it is for us to live faithfully under the cross.


God of gracious enlightenment: In every time and generation you call your people to contend with the reality of the cross. Instill in us a willingness to persevere in the path where Jesus has led the way.

Let us pray, sisters and brothers, for the wisdom to equip God's people for mission and to live lives of faithful discipleship.

God of extravagant possibilities: All around us you raise up gifted people to serve in the community. Teach us to work as one with all who would lend their talents to the tasks which lie abundantly before us.

Let us pray, sisters and brothers, for the grace to serve as companions and advocates for all who want for justice.


God of all who are cast down: Jesus came among us to serve as he was able. Give us the courage to touch the bruised and broken places in the lives of all who share our world, and let us be as christs to one another.

Let us pray, sisters and brothers, for a willingness to share our gifts with all people of God.


God of the greater good: It is your will that in unity our life might be realized. Amidst the clamor of our age, lead us into partnership with all who would add their voice to the chorus which tells of peace and mercy.

Let us pray, sisters and brothers, for the grace to communicate clearly.


God of wondrous good news: In every community you seek out the faithful to listen to the concerns of our age and to proclaim your good news. Teach us to bring your Word to life in humble service, responding to the needs of your world.

Finally, sisters and brothers, let us place before the Ultimate our mutual concerns, speaking them aloud or cradling them in the quiet of our hearts.

<The community may offer additional prayers>

O loving God, to turn away from you is to fall, to turn toward you is to rise, to stand with you is to abide for ever. Grant us, dear God, in all our work your help; in all our uncertainties your guidance; in all our dangers your protection; in all our joys your blessing; in all our sorrows your peace.

Originally posted to pastordan on Sun Nov 16, 2008 at 05:02 PM PST.

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