Uprising: A Prayer Experience

Gathering Prayer | ALL

God, we gather in your presence.

Father, we long for more of you.

Jesus, we place you at the center.

Holy Spirit, come and fill our time together.

Help us to be fully present here, to your word, to one another, and to the world you love. Amen.

Scripture Reading | Matthew 6:9-13

Our Father in heaven,

hallowed be your name,

your kingdom come,

your will be done,

    on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us today our daily bread.

And forgive us our debts,

    as we also have forgiven our debtors.

And lead us not into temptation,

    but deliver us from the evil one.

Intercessory Prayer | Trevor

Make your ways known upon earth, Lord God, your saving power among all peoples. Renew your Church in holiness and help us to serve you with joy. Guide the leaders of all nations that justice may prevail throughout the world. Let not the needy be forgotten, nor the hope of the poor be taken away. Make us instruments of your peace and let your glory be over all the earth. Amen.

Take some time to pray for yourself and others. Let the Spirit lead you and guide you as you pray.

- The Universal Church

- The Nation and all in authority

- The welfare of the world

- The concerns of Seattle and your neighborhood

- Those who suffer and those in any trouble

Prayer of Confession | Trevor

LEAD: Almighty and most merciful Father, we have erred and strayed from your ways like lost sheep, we have followed too much the devices and desires of our own hearts, we have offended against your holy laws, we have left undone those things which we ought to have done, and we have done those things which we ought not to have done. 

ALL: But thou, O Lord, have mercy upon us, spare those who confess their faults, restore those who are repentant, according to your promises declared to mankind in Christ Jesus our Lord; and grant, O most merciful Father, for his sake, that we may hereafter live a godly, righteous, and sober life, to the glory of your holy Name. Amen.

LEAD: May Almighty God have mercy on us, forgive us our sins,  through Jesus Christ our Lord, and strengthen us to live in the power of the Holy Spirit, all our days. Amen.

Closing Prayer | Trevor

LEAD: O God, you have taught us to keep all your commandments by loving you and our neighbor: 

ALL: Grant us the grace of your Holy Spirit, that we may be devoted to you with our whole heart, and united to one another with pure affection; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Benediction | Aaron

May God bless you with discomfort at easy answers, hard hearts, half-truths, and superficial relationships so that you may seek truth boldly and live from deep within your heart where God’s Spirit dwells.

May God bless you with anger: at injustice, oppression, and exploitation of people, so that we may work for justice, freedom, and peace.

May God bless you with tears to shed for those who suffer from pain, rejection, starvation, and war, so that we may reach out our hand in comfort and turn their pain into joy.

May God bless you with foolishness to believe that through Jesus Christ we’ll have the strength and power necessary to create change in this world and in our neighborhood, so that together we will courageously try what others claim cannot be done.

May God bless you with remembrance that we are called to continue God’s redemptive work of love and healing in God’s place, in and through God’s name, in God’s Spirit, continually creating and breathing new life and grace into everything and everyone we touch. Amen.