Spirit of God, on a day when we remember the outpouring of your Holy Spirit that called together a people and launched a movement and gave birth to the church, we are in awe that 2,000 years later there is still a people and that the movement continues to spread and that – in spite of everything – even the church exists, wounded in places, but resilient and faithful.
We’re grateful that your Spirit is still here among us and within us, and that we still see it at work, and that it still pushes us to learn and grow and demonstrate your love. We celebrate today a flame that still burns and a fire that cannot be quenched.
We also remember today women and men in our nation’s history, including many who sit in these pews today, who set aside personal dreams and goals, and instead put their country first, who fought and served, who demonstrated bravery and sacrifice, who allowed us to enjoy freedoms and opportunities that are still second to none in the world. We are blessed people, and today we thank some of those who have made our good life possible.
God of healing and hope, we also take time today to remember the sick in our congregation, as well those in our families and in our circles of friends. We remember those who have experienced loss and now find themselves dealing with grief. We remember those who struggle with family and marriage in a way that robs life of its joy. We pray for healing, of course, but we pray also for trust – the trust that you are God, that we are your children, and that nothing in all creation can ever separate us from your love in Christ Jesus our Lord.
And now, trusting that you hear all of the prayers offered here this morning, hear us now as we say with one, confident voice, “Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name….”
(prayer offered in worship on Sunday, May 27, 2012, Pentecost and Memorial Day Weekend)