Prayers of the People: New Heavens, New Earth

Here’s a prayer of petition and intercession written by Rev. Richard J. Fairchild.

Prayer of Petition and Intercession
(inspired by Isaiah 12:1-6, Luke 21, Mark 13, Revelation 21:1-5)

We are glad and rejoice forever in you, O God. 
With joy we draw deeply from your well of salvation
and pray that even as we have sung, you may fulfill our story—
the story of your love. 
Though the world has been gripped by trouble since early days,
and life has often been short and tormented,
you have given us a vision of a day beyond the terrors:
a day when the heavens and earth will be new again,
a day when the sound of weeping will give way to delight,
a time when all creation will live in peace
and people will long enjoy the fruits of their labours. 
Help us to hold to that vision when the temples about us are falling,
and our world is shaken. 
Strengthen us for the telling of your truth
and for keeping to your path,
that we might not weary in doing what is right,
but through endurance may gain our souls,
even as you desire for us to do. 
Lord, hear our prayer….

As we pray for a new heaven and a new earth this day,
we especially are aware of those among us
and those beyond these doors who are in deep need of your peace,
of your healing touch, of your just and bounteous kingdom.

We pray those who dwell in places of strife, need, and want….
Lord, hear our prayer….

We pray for those who have been bereaved in the past week....
Lord, hear our prayer….

We pray for those who are unemployed and those fear layoff or termination
and all those struggling with a burden in the workplace and the marketplace….
Lord, hear our prayer….

And finally, we pray for today for those of our brothers and sisters
who face persecution because of their faith. 
For those who are deprived of their basic human rights,
and those who are deprived of their lives
because of their desire to worship and serve you...
Lord, hear our prayer….

Let us give thanks to the one to whom we pray,
the one who brings both the snow and the sun;
the one  who heals this troubled world;
the sick; and those who turn to Him in faith;
the one who grants new life not only to us,
but to the creation itself....
Lord, hear our prayer….

Gracious God,
we pray to you in the name of the one who came to show us the way,
he who is our Lord and our Redeemer, our brother and our friend.
We pray to you as one family, even as he taught us, saying...
Our Father….

~ written by Rev. Richard J. Fairchild, and posted on Kir-shalom.