Almighty One, You are the rock upon which all our hopes and lives are founded: hear the prayers of your people, we pray. Accept our offered hearts, minds, and souls, for You are the Creator and Caretaker of All. Merciful One, we give You thanks and praise for your abundant love and grace which binds up our wounds and heals our hearts. We call out to You, and You are at our side, like a child who calls out to her mother in the shadows of the night. Send your Spirit to inspire us to tend to those in need of help or comfort. Strengthen the weary and uplift the faltering, Lord Christ, and carry us when we wander afield from your goodness. Draw into your embrace, O God, all those we now name, who call upon you in hope.