Day of Pentecost | Sunday, May 23, 2010
Offered by Calum I. MacLeod, Executive Associate Pastor
God of light and truth and love,
who can work a great work even in the most unlikely people
through the gift and power of your Holy Spirit.
We rejoice that on this day the Spirit came upon Christ’s disciples,
transforming them into faithful ambassadors for the gospel,
and we pray that you will bless us as we seek to sense that same
Spirit at work in and through your people today.
Hear our prayers for the church and the world, O God
We pray for those who do not share our many blessings—
those who live in or on the edge of hardship and poverty,
those who are always anxious about what the next day might bring,
those who are ill at home or in hospital,
those who are mourning the loss of a loved one,
those who are falling away in their faith,
and those who have still to come to any real understanding of your love.
Be a source of comfort, healing, guidance, and strength, we pray.
We pray for lands where there is extreme poverty, violence, or constant danger,
and we pray that our world will know a touch of your peace, justice and compassion.
We pray for your church,
and pray that we might be a community where such peace, justice, and compassion may abound.
We pray for our loved ones wherever they may be,
and we commend them this day to your loving care;
and all these prayers we offer
in the name and for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord,
to whom with you, our Father, and the Holy Spirit
be all glory and praise,
now and always.
(Adapted from a prayer from the Church of Scotland)
Prayer © Fourth Presbyterian Church