O God, whose ways are not ways of isolation but of love, give us eyes like the discerning eyes of Jesus, so we may see those in need of companionship. And help us take steps to provide the love and companionship that these people need. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen. “When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing beside her, he said to his mother, Woman, here is your son.’ Then he said to the disciple, 'Here is your mother.’ And from that hour the disciple took her into his own home.” John 19:26-27 NRSV
Gracious and Merciful God, Whose radical forgiveness we can’t fully fathom, Fill us with your grace, and enlarge our capacity to forgive; So that we can break free from the ways of judgment and hate And learn to be more like Jesus. In his name, we pray. Amen. “Then Jesus said, ‘Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing…” Luke 23:24 NRSV
God, thank you for the little joys, Which sometimes go unrecognized. And forgive my tendency to forget That you’re with us, working all the time. God, thank you for your divine love, That fills this world in wondrous ways, And catches my attention more and more.
God of Love and Peace, We lift up those who have been impacted by violence— violence both seen and unseen. We pray for individuals and for communities who are hurting, who are grieving, who are troubled, who feel trapped; and, we pray that you continue to heal these deep wounds. With your Spirit and with your people, work in their lives to bring physical, emotional, and spiritual restoration. And God, help us do our part in your healing work. For we long to see your love and peace prevail. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen
Gracious God, We acknowledge that, at times, we have questioned our instinct to act in accordance with your justice, compassion, and love. Forgive us, God. And, renew our courage to act, So that we may help heal and transform the world Through your divine love. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.
God, help us be a loving people. Help us cherish the times when we’ve experienced love. Help us challenge the systems and actions that stand opposed to love. Help us form and foster communities that reflect your mission of love. God, help us be a loving people.
The following prayer can be sung to this Irish tune Beauty of sunlight and hope in my soul, Show me the way to illumine the world. When days are dreary and trials set in, May I remember the hope that you give. Though I have stumbled and turned from your ways, You meet my faults with a gracious refrain. You guide me onward down more loving roads Where hope still blossoms and grace overflows.  Hymn tune: SLANE (Be Thou My Vision)
Gracious God, in the course of our daily lives, we hear many different voices: work, family, and many other responsibilities call out to us. And, we let our noisy lives desensitize us to the sound of your call. Forgive us, we pray, for the times we were deaf to the sound of your voice in a stranger or friend. Forgive us, God, for the times we ignored the voice of the Spirit calling from within us. Forgive our failure to listen, Lord, and remind us to listen again. Help us hear with discerning ears, so we may respond in faith and love. Amen