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God of radiant light,
you spoke to Moses through the burning bush.
You led the people through the desert
by a pillar of fire.
And you sent the purifying fire of your Spirit
to renew and transform the earth.
Strengthen our families
as we face the seductions of this world.
In these days of fulfillment, purify us
so that when the test comes,
families will stand united in their choice of you.
And in our own baptism by fire,
give us the grace to withstand the trials of our lives,
so that, like gold purified by fire,
we, too, may be fashioned in your brilliant image.
We ask this through Christ, our Lord.
Amen.

 
Adapted from The People’s Prayer Book, © RENEW International.

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Compassionate God,
you adorn the earth with beauty,
and gift the world with abundant life.
You created human beings in your image
and you instill in them your mercy and compassion.
Strengthen all your servants to grow more fully in the divinity
you have shared with us,
so that we may offer your divine compassion
to those who are broken
by the losses and disappointments of life.
Instill in us the strength and the wisdom
to be prepared for your coming in our lives.
I ask this through Christ, our Lord
and through your Holy Spirit.
Amen.

 
Adapted from The People’s Prayer Book, © RENEW International.

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Jesus, you showed us
how a community should live.
Loving and caring and helping
one another were the cornerstones.
We need to remember
that we can help to create community.
We can come together
and share with one another,
support one another, and love one another.
It may seem difficult in these times,
but your example shows us the way.
Guide us, dear Jesus,
for we need your help.
We ask this in your name.
Amen.

 
Adapted from The People’s Prayer Book, © RENEW International.

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God of power and might,
you teach us the marvels of the universe.
You have given us your Son,
the revelation of your divine presence,
and you invite us into deep and everlasting relationship.
Help me
to grow in my desire to know you,
my hunger to be fed with your love,
and my longing to be imbued with the wisdom of your Spirit.
Strengthen me
to become an effective witness of the gospel
and to promote your reign of God in the world.
I ask this through Christ, Our Lord.
Amen.

 
Adapted from The People’s Prayer Book, © RENEW International.

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Lord God,
in your wisdom you invite us
out of our complacency.
You open our eyes
to see you with new vision.
You open our hearts
to love you with greater passion,
and you open our hands
to serve you with the purest intentions.
Lead us more deeply
into the mystery of discipleship
so that we may follow you
with steadfast faithfulness.
Give us the heart of Mary,
so that we may be transformed
by your Word
and fortified by your presence.
Give us the mind of Martha,
so that we can diligently accomplish your mission.
But above all, continue to invite us
into intimate and lasting relationship.
We ask this through Christ, our Lord.
Amen.

 
Adapted from The People’s Prayer Book, © RENEW International.

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Jesus,
please help us open our eyes and hearts and hands
to those children of God suffering in our midst.
Help us stand with people, as you did,
when they are victimized or vilified
because of their sexual orientation,
their race or nationality,
a disease they have,
or criminal deeds they have done.
Help us, O gracious God,
become good neighbors to all your children.
Help us to become sisters and brothers,
in deeds as well as in words,
and advance the coming of your beloved community.
We pray in the name of your Son, Jesus
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, forever and ever
Amen.

 
Adapted from The People’s Prayer Book, © RENEW International.

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Jesus, we did not choose you.
Rather, you chose us
to go forth as emissaries of God’s love and peace
into every part and place of our lives.
What an awesome calling–
to be your eyes, your ears, your hands for others.
Free us from the selfishness
and fears that hold us back.
Still us at the beginning of each day,
so that we may hear your voice
and feel your love blessing us and sending us forth.
Open us to the giftedness
of those with whom we minister,
and help us become more attentive and supportive allies.
All of these blessings we ask in your name,
as you told us to,
you who live and reign
with the Father and the Holy Spirit,
one God, forever and ever.
Amen.

 
Adapted from The People’s Prayer Book, © RENEW International.

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God, our Father,
let us sow seeds of love and mercy.
Let us sow the seeds of the gospel
so that the Good News of your Son, Jesus,
will take root throughout the world.
Give us gifts of kindness and respect.
Send your Holy Spirit with whatever gifts we need
to plant the gospel throughout the world.
Amen.

 
Adapted from The People’s Prayer Book, © RENEW International.

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Our Father in heaven,
God and Father also of the hungry,
please care for them.
May we honor your holy name
by doing your will
regarding those who hunger.
As you give each of us each day
our daily bread,
we pray that our sisters and brothers
may be blessed in like manner.
Forgive us our sins of greed and indifference.
Lead us away from such temptation
and deliver us from the evil
of turning away from you and your children.
We pray in the name of Jesus,
Whose death and resurrection is our everlasting hope.
Amen.

 
Adapted from The People’s Prayer Book, © RENEW International.

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Lord our God,
thank you for bringing us
into the love relationship
that exists in your being from all eternity.
We humbly offer you ourselves in return,
and ask that you use us as you will
in the work set before us.
As you embrace us in solidarity,
help us to embrace those around us
who are alone and in need
of your living presence.
We offer this prayer,
in the name of the Father,
and of the Son
and of the Holy Spirit
Amen.

 
Adapted from The People’s Prayer Book, © RENEW International.

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Most Holy Spirit,
you were present with the Father and the Son
when all of creation was called into being.
Your moving presence
took a small group of people
and made it into a new communion
that is your Church.
Make us worthy of your constant presence.
Divine Advocate,
direct my actions as an individual
and as a member of your Church
so that all I do
will reflect to the world
your love and presence of God.
Amen.

 
Adapted from The People’s Prayer Book, © RENEW International.

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Lord Jesus, Redeemer and Lord,
help us to be your presence in the world.
May our hearts beat with yours,
our hands reach out with your love,
our feet move us more toward your compassion.
Transform our eyes that we may truly see,
our ears that we may truly listen,
our mouths that we may learn to speak of your love.
May we grow more and more in your likeness
as we desire your love to be made visible in our lives.
Amen.

 
Adapted from The People’s Prayer Book, © RENEW International.

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Faithful God,
you have given us yourself
in word and in sacrament
so that we may see you
with eyes of faith.
As I live out my days
help me to be an authentic reflection
of your presence within us.
Thank you for choosing to dwell
within and among us.
Grant me the courage and passion
to be a bearer of your peace
in a turbulent world.
In Jesus’ name I pray.
Amen.

 
Adapted from The People’s Prayer Book, © RENEW International.

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Lord our God,
it is your love that sustains us,
binds us to one another,
and calls us out into the world.
Stretch us to move beyond
our own limitations,
so that in all our actions
your love will be present
to bring about forgiveness, healing, and justice.
With grateful hearts,
we thank you
for your amazing love.
In Jesus’ name we pray.

 
Adapted from The People’s Prayer Book, © RENEW International.

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Loving Father, with a grateful heart,
I acknowledge the gift of your Son,
our Shepherd.
Help me learn to recognize his voice
when it is spoken to me every day,
but especially when I am vulnerable
and need protection and strength.
Give me the heart of a Good Shepherd,
that I, too, will care for those
who are vulnerable, anxious, lonely.
Help me to recognize myself in them
and to reach out to them in times of need.
I pray in union with the Holy Spirit,
through Christ our Lord.
Amen.

 
Adapted from The People’s Prayer Book, © RENEW International.

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