by Ann Thomas, INUMC Prayer Coordinator

Most Worthy and Beloved God, our Parent,
Thank you for allowing us to raise our hands
And voices to you in prayer.
Beloved Lord, our continent, indeed our world, is
Under tremendous stress.
We have not been the stewards that you need
Us to be,
Yet is it just that the poor and helpless should take
The consequences of our corporate neglect?
You, who are a just and loving God, have always
Taken the side of the poor and of victims.
We raise to you now the victims of natural disasters
That are overtaking our world.
Lord, care for the victims of flood and fire.
(Hear our prayer, O Lord!)
Take those who stand in the way of hurricanes under your wing.
(Hear our prayer, O Lord!)
Protect the children who are too young for the COVID vaccine.
(Hear our prayer, O Lord!)
Protect those who have chosen not to be vaccinated.
(Hear our prayer, O Lord!)
Guard the lives of our healthcare workers, who risk everything for
The well-being of others. 
(Hear our prayer, O Lord!)
Hold in your hand all victims of poverty and oppression.
(Hear our prayer, O Lord!)
Be present to this and all nations, for all are truly yours.
(Hear our prayer, O Lord!)
Holy One, Creator, Redeemer, Sustainer,
We worship and adore you.
We know that all things are possible for you,
And we can do all things through Him who gives us strength.
Help us to run the good race through these challenging times, until we
Come at last to rest at your feet.
In Jesus’ most precious name, Amen.