Sunday, October 11, 2015

Pastoral Prayer, October 11, 2015

First Congregational Church, Los Angeles

Eternal God, bless us we pray, with the mind of Christ … 
That we might be the light of the world and the salt of the earth.

This day, O God, we pray for a great strengthening of our faith … to embrace the opportunities that stand all around us … opportunities for good, kindness, transformation … to lift a clear voice for the sake of the oppressed … to come to the defense of the poor … to stand firm against violence … the violence of fear and hatred … the violence that fails every test of trust and violates all the conventions of human kindness.

The world is a great sorrow, O God, … but we will not turn away from it … we will not hide in our homes, nor in our religion, neither in our work nor our play … for you have called us to great responsibility …

We pledge to you, O God.
The resources of life.

We promise to learn and grow.
Engage and serve.
Sign up and sign on.

We will add our strength to your strength, O God.
We will add our love and our hope.
Our time, talent and treasure.

We will read and study.
Ponder and pray.
To learn more of our world.
And of your ways.

Eternal God:
Your glory leads us.
Your mercy surrounds us.
Your purpose compels us.
Your love is everywhere.
Heaven beckons us onward.
And the saints cry out to us:
“Finish our work!”

Amen and Amen!

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