|My parish church of Holy Communion in University City will have a prayer service tonight for Ferguson, Missouri and the pain and unrest that still trouble so many there and around the world.|
We lift our prayers to You, O God, in thanksgiving for your marvelous works in our lives. Teach us to open our hearts, that we may love You and each other with a perfect love. Consecrate the works of our hands, that they may build bridges of peace across the issues that divide us. Make us humble enough to listen more than we speak, and wise enough to speak with integrity and compassion. Help us to not turn away from the pain and sorrows of those around us, O Holy One. Hear, O God, the prayers and the cares that have lodged in our hearts, for in your mercy we pray.