Prayer of the People for Sunday October 26, 2014 (based on John 20:24-29)
our days are filled with fear,
but not of the make-believe Halloween variety.
Unlike a mask and costume that can be easily removed,
the tangible things that frighten us are hard to shed.
(The threats of) ebola, cancer, terrorism, war, school shootings, crime and economic hardships
paralyze us. The tragedy and brokenness stirs our anxiety and fills us with doubt.
We desperately search for meaning in the midst of the chaos.
We yearn for salvation from the troubles that plague our lives.
Open our eyes to see your presence and receive your healing touch in Christ Jesus who
so that unconditional love would be known to all.
A grace filled love that breaks through the locked doors of our
A grace filled love that greets us in the dark corners where we cower
A grace filled love that draws us into the ligh of mercy and newness.
Beckon us to step out in faith to personally touch the lives of others with that same grace filled love.
Remove our fears so that we can comfort others, provide encouragement and loose them
from the terror that binds them.
Remove our fears so that we can leave our comfort zones and go into scary places
to shine your light and illuminate your glory.
We pray this to you in the name of Christ who taught his disciples to pray together saying,
“Our Father who art in heaven…”