Twenty-Third Sunday of Ordinary Time, September 09, 2018
We come before the Lord, a people whose hearts are frightened by what we observe in our Church and in the world. We ask God to answer all our needs.
- For the Church, that we may be examples and agents of healing and peace among all people. We pray to the Lord.
- That the people of Syria, refugees, and victims of violence, terrorism, and war throughout the world may find comfort, security, and joy. We pray to the Lord.
- That the bishops will act with humility to rid the Church of every form of abuse. We pray to the Lord.
- That members of our armed forces and local first responders who serve to protect the well-being of others may be strong, fear not, and be kept safe from harm in their selfless work. We pray to the Lord.
- That we may not be deaf to the message of the Gospels and may speak with clarity and truth by the way we live our lives. We pray to the Lord.
- That Fr. Christopher and all who have suffered from injustice and unbridled power in the Church may be comforted by knowledge that God comes with vindication to save us. We pray to the Lord.
- That those who mourn the loss of family and friends from the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, may find comfort and be able to free their hearts from anger and hatred. We pray to the Lord.
- That those who are ill may be brought to the Lord for healing and relief from what troubles them by compassionate care-givers and people of faith who know that the Lord does all things well. We pray to the Lord.
- That those who have died in the violence, heat, fires, and winds of this past summer may find eternal peace; and that those who grieve for them may be comforted. We pray to the Lord.
- For our own intentions that we recall in silence…….. We pray to the Lord.
O God, we know that you come into our lives to save us, to enable us to see, to hear, to leap, and to sing. May we welcome your responses to our petitions so that we may be instruments of your peace for all people. We offer our prayers through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.