Prayers of the People
God, whose constellations guided the paths run by our ancestors,
Whose oceans and tides rock and steer the boats
of those in search of safe passage today,
Whose energy will fuel the flights of our descendants,
God of all journeys taken to find new life promised in hope,
We pray to you, we who search.
Nurturing God who knows wisdom and knows us,
Teach us to be wise
Bring into our vision signs of hope already existing in the world.
Help us to retain the delicate balance of an Earth that does not destroy,
but is in a state of permanent transient creation
While we walk as custodians of our Earth,
teach us to listen to your callings again and again.
Guide our gaze towards flaws in our arguments,
Teach us to know the importance of admitting fault,
Help us to grow, and create in us room to be wrong.
Help us to know that we, like our Earth,
are in a state of permanent transient creation.
We pray for outsiders, those with no platform to speak from,
who continually must validate their own identity.
Pull from our eyes any veil that hides our own privilege,
Work to instil in our community, the belief that all people are equal.
We pray particularly for the LGBTQI+ communities
around the world in all their resplendent beauty.
God of comfort and grace,
who gives direction to those travelling by light they cannot see,
who turns not away from the ugliness we bring to your perfect creation,
be by the sides of those in the Middle East, South and North Korea,
the Philippines and in North East Africa.
Be a sign of hope that will not leave.
In all our searching, may we know ourselves
already found by a God who is always there. Amen
Olivia Potter, offered for worship 7/1/18