Prayers of the People – submitted by Carol Howard Merritt

Submitted by Carol Howard Merritt, Pastor, Western Presbyterian Church, Washington, D.C., author, blogger, speaker

We praise you, Creator God,
In whom we live and move and have our being,
We join all of creation in worship,
As the trees lift their bare branches,
The sky reveals your changing glory, and
The birds find warmth.
As we gather today,
Help us to remember the rhythm of winter,
That often calls us to rest as our internal work is done.

We praise you for your Son, Jesus Christ,
Who proclaimed the message of your love.
Who brought healing to the brokenhearted,
Relief to the fevered,
Peace to the haunted, and
Wholeness to wounded
As we gather today,
Help us to remember the hope we have in our Savior,
That invites us to pray for one another.

[Specific requests may be entered here]

We praise you for your Holy Spirit,
Who draws us to this common place.
Your Spirit moves in and among your gathered people,
Opening bleary eyes,
Comforting the grieving hearts, and
Challenging us to be partners in God’s saving work.
As we gather today,
Help us to be strengthened and renewed,
So that we might serve you, Creator, Christ, and Holy Spirit. Amen.

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