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Let us come before the Lord with true hearts, trusting that he will hear and answer our prayers on behalf of the Church, the world, and all people according to their need.

A brief silence

Tear open the heavens, O Lord; and visit your people with salvation. Anoint your Church with your Holy Spirit. Make it radiant with holiness, lovely with compassion, and bright with faithfulness. Fill it with hope as it awaits the coming of your Son in power and great glory.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Tear open the heavens, O Lord; and visit your people with salvation. Come with healing and gladness for your suffering disciples; and make their words and deeds shine with your goodness and your glory. Give the grace of repentance to their tormentors; and draw all people to yourself.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Tear open the heavens, O Lord; and visit your people with salvation. Anoint this congregation with your Holy Spirit, and make us generous in sharing the grace you have bestowed on us in your Son. Use us to lift up the heads and hearts of our neighbors and those in need, so that with us, they eagerly the day of his return as victorious Lord of all. Look with favor upon our sister congregations, and upon your missionaries around the world.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Tear open the heavens, O Lord; and visit your people with salvation. Give wisdom and prudence to those who lead the nations. Make them good stewards of the authority granted them. Bless our nation with peace, prosperity, and justice in these difficult and uncertain times; and teach us all to care for one another until your son comes as our great Lord of might.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

 

Tear open the heavens, O Lord; and visit your people with salvation. Give courage, honor, and strength to those who serve our country, here and abroad. Grant healing to those who have been wounded; patience and hope to their loved ones; and a swift, safe homecoming to them all.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Tear open the heavens, O Lord; and visit your people with salvation. Kindle hope within the hearts of all who suffer – especially {List}. Bring them comfort and healing; give their caretakers patience and compassion; and to those who are despairing, imprisoned, abandoned, and dying, bestow the presence of your Son, the Dayspring who puts death’s shadows to flight.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Tear open the heavens, O Lord; and visit your people with salvation. We remember before you all those to whom you have given victory over the grave. Anoint us with your Spirit, disperse the clouds of gloom and grief that overshadow us; and lead us to our heavenly home, opened to us by the Key of David, your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Graciously answer our prayers according to the love you bear for your people through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.