As we enter the dark time of the year/ we ask to remain inwardly persons of light:/ not complainers, but grateful,/ not bitter, but serene,/ not anxious, but trusting in God./ We pray to the Lord.
We live in a land of aggressive debate,/ argument and contradiction./ We pray for our country to remember that our salvation lies in giving our lives over to God's transforming power./ We pray to the Lord.
Soon it will be the holiday time./ We ask to keep our sights fixed on Jesus/ who leads us to the things of goodness,/ generosity and peace./ We pray to the Lord.
There are many thousands of seriously wounded and damaged soldiers returning home/ as we are still involved in wars./ We ask God to forgive the sins of war/ and to bless the efforts that seek to heal soldiers,/ and that none would be forgotten or abandoned./ We pray to the Lord.
We pray for persons whose lives are filled with trouble:/ prisoners,/ refugees,/ addicts,/ homeless,/ those in chronic pain,/ the depressed,/ people trafficked and enslaved,/ children being raised poorly./ We pray to the Lord.
Our families are often sadly afflicted./ We ask for blessings and gifts of healing where there is physical,/ spiritual,/ emotional,/ relational or financial stress./ We pray to the Lord.
In November we pray for those who have died/ to be recipients of God's charity - received into the joy of God's bright eternity./ We pray to the Lord.