Prayers of Confession and Intercession:
Holy Friend, loving God and Savior we pry to you, both when we are at our wits end and on those days when we feel reasonably capable and competent.
We ask you to bless our attempts to aid at least some of the lonely, suffering, bewildered, and grieving people on earth.
Yet our efforts toward loving our neighbor, even at their best and most efficient, are piecemeal.
Sometimes, in spite of our good intentions, our endeavors may be ill advised and ill directed.
Please, by the loving work of your Holy Spirit, do for our fellow human being that which we cannot manage to do.
May no child of earth, be they friend or stranger, ever face distress or calamity on their own.
Please guide and bless those gifted people who seem to have the knack of loving others in appropriate, practical ways.
Give each of us the commitment and wisdom to express our compassion more wisely and lovingly.
Loving God, to you all persons are precious. No neighbor is a nuisance. No enemy is beyond the pale. Please teach us your ways.
Let no person be forgotten, none neglected, none despised, and none judged as unworthy of the best care that is available.
Bring the day nearer when your church on earth may become more truly a redeemed and redeeming community of grace, mercy and peace.
Through Christ Jesus. Our Lord. Amen!
Written and used by permission from
Rev. Kristabeth Atwood