Day 42

Call to Prayer

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For yours is the Kingdom and the power and glory forever. Amen.

from Matthew 6:9-13

Silence

Psalm 72:1–4

Give the king your justice, O God,
and your righteousness to the royal son!
May he judge your people with righteousness,
and your poor with justice!
Let the mountains bear prosperity for the people,
and the hills, in righteousness!
May he defend the cause of the poor of the people,
give deliverance to the children of the needy,
and crush the oppressor!

Read Acts 20

Prayer of Response

God, give us a greater capacity for hospitality and generosity. Save us from the confines of our entitlement and increase our heart for the poor and vulnerable. Loosen our grip on our money and possessions. Remind us of the joy we experience when we give abundantly. Open our homes to the lonely. Make our church like the one we just read about. Help us, O God. Amen.

Prayers of Supplication

For greater generosity in our life and church.
For a spirit of hospitality for those unlike us.
To welcome and serve our physical neighbors.

Paul Adams