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Prayer Portal
- Prayer Vigil -
a period of time when a person or group quietly waits, prays.
Dear Shepherd Family,
 
In these unprecedented times we are asking all who would like to participate to join us in a virtual prayer vigil. This Prayer Portal will be a space where people can find prayers to share.
 

I thank all of you for your faithful practice of prayer in these days. There are many who we know and many others who we do not know that are deeply affected by the COVID-19 virus. Your prayers give them support in an uncertain time. I am deeply grateful for all that you are doing. ~Pastor Dave
 
Prayer written by Jill Duffield

Loving God, we are tempted to give into constant quarreling with you, with one another, with leaders and friends, fellow believers and random strangers. Our world is awash in animosity and fear, anxiety and distrust. Even though we know we are to be in the world but not of it, we find it hard not to mirror the discord and anger all around us. We humbly come before you this Lord’s day and ask you to intervene, to work within us so that we have the ability to turn away from those actions and attitudes that prevent us from fulfilling your purpose through us and turn toward the One who shapes us for your service. As the world reels with upheaval, use us to bear witness to your peace. As the headlines reverberate with bad news, use us to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ. As our communities wrestle with wicked problems, use us to exercise holy imagination that helps the new thing you are doing emerge. As so many grow weary and worried, use us to bring relief and hope.

Merciful God, our prayer lists are long. We cannot possibly name all of the people, places and circumstances in need of your compassion and transformation. We trust that you know our hearts and hear our pleas even when they are left unspoken. Pour out your care on those devastated by fires and floods. Wrap in love your children who cry to you in lament for all they have lost and cannot imagine living without. Grant your unwavering strength to your prophets speaking the truth in love to many as yet unable to hear it. Give your peace that passes understanding to those overwhelmed with anxiety and afraid of what tomorrow might bring. Confident that you know the needs and are already present and at work in every corner of creation, we humbly turn over to you those things we can no longer carry.

Astonished that you enlist us to do your will on earth, we ask you to show us what we ought to take on in order to be faithful to your call. We make our prayer in gratitude for your grace and in the name of your Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ, who taught us to say when we pray, Our Father…

 

Gracious God,

Shower us with your peace and fill us with your imagination, that we may discover new ways to love and worship you and love and serve one another. Turn our anxiety into wonder. And for those directly affected by the virus and those who attend to them, continue to hold them in your loving care. We ask in your holy name.
 
For those who rely on community centers that are forced to close. For the staff and volunteers who have had to make difficult choices. For addicts struggling without daily meetings. For those who do not understand how to access resources. For parents, teachers and students discovering new ways to facilitate learning. And that we may remember that grace and hope and beauty still abound!
 
That this time of trouble may deeply link us to our brothers and sisters around the world who live in fear and experience war, illness and hardship and chaos most of the time.
 
Help us to get through this and learn whatever lessons that this uncertainty can teach us. Help us to continue to take care of the vulnerable and hurting. May we listen with open hearts as you guide us and sustain us.
 
God, help us be your kindness and aid with our neighbors, families and friends, especially those who are alone. Help us be creative in our love for others. Move us outside of our usual thinking into a wider compassion for everyone near and far. Keep fear as a distant cousin and kindness as our nearest friend.
 
Loving and beloved God, I pray today with and for those for whom this virus is more than an inconvenience. May your love surround all who mourn, especially those who are grieving the loss of a loved one to COVID-19. May your strength be with all who are sick and all who tend to them, remembering especially the elderly, those with compromised immune systems, and those working the front lines. May your compassion be made known to those impeded by poverty, praying especially for those on whom social distancing is difficult because they live in shelters or rely on meal programs, and those in countries where the cost of medical care is a barrier or hardship. May your serenity be with all who are struggling, especially those living with mental health issues or addictions who rely on connection with groups that aren’t meeting. And may your peace which surpasses all understanding be with us all as we care for ourselves and your world.
 
Keep us mindful that we exist in the Divine Presence. Out of this sobering threat turn our attention to You. From this tribal wilderness bring us home to each other. In our fearful places reveal Your love. Bless all creation with Your grace.

 

Dear God, 

Give us the will to protect the most vulnerable even when our personal risk is low. 

Give us patience to deal with a life without all our luxuries. 

Help us share and not hoard supplies. 

Give our healthcare providers guidance during ever-changing recommendations. 

Help all the kids who rely on school meals to find other sources. 

Help all hourly workers have enough. 

Help all the grandparents who will now be caretakers of kids while trying to protect themselves. 

Give comfort to those in nursing homes who have no visitors. 

Help us to remember that in life and in death, we belong to You and that nothing can separate us from your love.

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