Be still and know the presence of the Triune God:
The Father to whom we come,
The Son through whom we come,
The Spirit by whom we come. (pause)
Hear His word:
Be STILL and know that I am God.
Let’s pray –
O triune God, what an exciting mystery we celebrate today, that you, our God, are three persons in one being. Your essence is so awesome, it is beyond our understanding. But, hear us as we try . . .
O Father, you adopted us as your children through the death and resurrection of Your Son. O Holy Spirit, you gave us faith in Jesus through the explosive power of the gospel. You testify that we are God’s children, and you guarantee our inheritance of eternal glory with Jesus.
O Holy trinity, as you have called forth creation from the void, revealed yourself in human flesh and poured forth your wisdom to guide us . . . you invite us, as your people, to gather the world’s needs into our hearts and bring them before you.
Today we pray for your church throughout the world, re-imagining itself in this time of enforced isolation. We give thanks for the ability to do your work, and for the leadership to do it safely and imaginatively. We ask you to open wide our hearts that we may find ways to share our faith with others.
We remember all who bear the responsibility leadership during this time in uncharted territory. Give them wisdom and understanding: guide them and help them understand and answer your call to serve the best interests of ALL people and this planet with justice, mercy, and – especially - in peace.
God in three persons, blessed Trinity, create in us a love for peace, not peace that is absent from struggle, nor peace that is blind to injustice, but the peace that makes whole what now is broken.
We remember those who are sick, sad or lonely, and those who are brave and patient when things are going wrong. We pray especially for Ron Beatty, Kerry Wolfers, their families, and others in our community who are struggling with health issues, concerns about family members, employment issues and feelings of loneliness and helplessness. We pray that they may be aware of your comforting presence and know that in your hands they are safe and loved.
Holy, holy, holy God,
fill us with strength and courage,
with discernment and compassion,
that we may be your instruments of justice, love and compassion in this world.
In the name of Your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God through all eternity. Amen.