|Dietrich Bonhoeffer, shown here with some of his youth group, was martyred on this day, April 9, 1945.|
Most Merciful God, strengthen and preserve us throughout this day, we pray, and place your right hand of blessing over us.
Grant us the courage to speak for right in the face of evil, and to act for good in the face of oppression. Help us proclaim the gospel of the homeless Christ, who had no place to lay his head that was his own. Help us treat the vulnerable among us as the most precious, and treasure creation as your handiwork.
Give us the grace to amend our lives that we may sing forth your glory forever, we pray. Lord God, send forth your Spirit upon those who are in any need or sorrow, especially for those we now name.