Let us pray.
We thank you for all of the days of our lives, especially for the days you bring us together as a family of faith either in this sanctuary or in other holy places.
We thank you for opportunities we are given to grow closer to you as a youth group and as a church.
We also thank you for the people that have been placed in our lives to help us grow into the kind of people we are called to be – our adult youth leaders and Sunday School teachers, our parents, and our teachers in school.
Holy God, we lift up our prayers to you for ourselves, our friends, our community, the Universal Church and our world:
For our families – brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers, grandparents, godparents and our pets,
for girlfriends, boyfriends, no friends, best friends,
for newborn babies among us
and all who are in need of an extra helping of your grace.
For our nation’s presidential election process and that all may treat each other with dignity and respect.
For the men and women of the police department, sheriff’s department, fire department and all first responders.
For our educational system in Jackson and surrounding areas and for Vision 2020.
For injured, abused, neglected and lost pets and that all will be responsible pet owners.
For the end of racism.
For us to be better stewards of your creation and for the end of pollution.
For those youth in the juvenile justice system, that they may find hope and healing and lead productive lives.
Loving Lord, we lift up to you all those who are sick or suffering:
For those who live with cancer, addiction, autism, depression, Parkinson’s and loneliness
and all of those with physical afflictions.
For those worrying over the health of their loved ones.
For every name lifted as a prayer request, may they know your mercy.
For those grieving the loss of a loved one.
God, we lift up to you those around the world who do not have enough –
enough access to healthcare,
We pray for those looking for work.
Holy Creator, we pray for peace on earth:
For all who live under the threat of war and for victims of war everywhere.
We pray for the men and women who serve our country.
We pray for those impacted by violence – for the perpetrators and their victims and all touched by the ripples created by violence.
We pray for our world and her leaders, may they make decisions out of love for all of your people.
Good and gracious God who makes all things new:
We pray that you will be with the new college freshmen as they step out of their high school lives.
We pray for those entering high school, middle school, and elementary school – for those who had good school years this year, and those looking to make things better next year.
May we know you are with us, not just in this space but everywhere and always.
Finally, we lift up in your name:
Our church, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, and our sister churches in the world that we may offer safety, friendship and a faith community that is inclusive to everyone in their journey with Christ.
We pray all of this in Christ’s holy name and we join our voices together to pray the prayer that Jesus taught us, saying, “Our Father, Who art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy Name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever. Amen.”
*This prayer is an adapted version of the Prayer of the People – Youth Sunday – found at https://fpcpastorsblog.wordpress.com/2013/08/28/prayers-of-the-people-youth-sunday-august-25-2013/