Prayers of the People: Psalm 77

Here’s a pastoral prayer inspired Psalm 77, the suggested psalm for Proper 8, Year C.  It was written by Rev. Abi.

Prayer of Intercession
(inspired by Psalm 77)

“I cry out to God – yes, I shout!
O that God would listen.”  Psalm 77:1

 Here we are Lord, 
on our knees,
Crying mercy;
Mercy for our souls,
Mercy for one another,
Mercy for our churches,
Mercy for our nation,
mercy for our world.

Here we are again
Standing in your presence
in awe of you your holiness,
your otherness,
your mystery,
and your incarnation

We stand bringing the needs of our friends, family, church,
community, nation and world to lay at your feet.
We cry out in pain for the struggles of the world.
We cry out for those who are in pain, sick, in the hospital, rehab,
homebound, nursing homes and those on their death bead.
We cry out for the divisions and conflict that seems to be in our lives,
our families, our churches, our communities, our nation and our world.
We cry out for those who live in poverty, those who are starving,
those who are in prisons, and those who live under oppression.

Lord, pour out your mercy
like healing, comforting rain.

~ written by Rev Abi (abridged slightly), and posted on Rev Abi’s Long and Winding Road blog.