Prayers of the People
—November 6

God of this day, gather us around your table. Open our eyes to your presence in the glowing embers of sunrise, streaks of cloud across morning sky, in the simple meal of bread and cup. Awaken us to a renewed sense of justice, so that love might grow in unexpected places, and peace might stretch toward every discord. Let time and eternity unfurl within the hallowing of this day: let the new beginning of this Sabbath unfurl before us, offering possibility and hope. Make us brave in the face of every vulnerability and fear. Protect and enfold us in the face of every danger and uncertainty.

As we turn toward your table, help us remember those who have been witnesses to your love. For here, we become a community of welcome. Here, we become a guest of grace. We praise you with the multitude of your saints, and with the faithful of every time and place, who sing your song of love. For you are Christ of the outcast and comfort of mourners, neighbor to strangers and love-without-end. At this, your table, you are bearer of burdens and grace-ever-with-us, you are spirit of kindness and hope-beyond-hope.

Gracious God, pour out your Holy Spirit upon us, and upon these gifts of bread and cup, that the bread we break and the cup we bless may be the communion of the body and blood of Christ. Unite us at the table of our Lord with the saints of our own fellowship who have passed beyond the veil of this life, to life beyond life. We remember their witness:

Deborah Michels Badger
James Beall, Sr.
Patricia Buehler Blankenship
Paul L. Brown
Benson Rixon Culver
Megan Ellsworth Davy
Margaret Dilley
Geraldine L. Gilbert
Edith Hicks
Bernard Izzo
Kenneth J. James
Dr. Eloise Johnson
Ruth Jansen Jones
Silas Keehn
Richard Paul Kiphart
Dorothy Koseck
Sumner Wright Mead
Karyl Y. Myers
Mary Mahler Raitt
Margaret H. Rastetter
Virginia (Ginger) Schoder
Cynthia A. Southern
Jean Stonier
Alexander Vogl
Edwin H. Watkins
Doris Wolfe
Robert Paul Zabel, Sr.

Blessed are the dead who die in the Spirit, for they rest from their labors, and their works do not follow them. Number us among your saints, O God, and join us with the faithful of every age, that strengthened by their witness and supported by their fellowship, we may run with perseverance the race that is set before us, and may with them receive the unfading crown of glory when we stand before your throne of grace.

Through Christ, with Christ, in Christ, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all glory and honor are yours, Almighty God, now and forevermore. Amen. And now, let us lift up our voices together, unified by the prayer Jesus teaches us, saying Our Father…