“Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.”
–Matthew 22:22 NRSV
God of majesty, your glory and wonder fills all of creation. In all corners of your world, beauty, truth and wonder abound. Sadly, there are times when we seem to forget that you, and you alone, are the great Creator of this mysterious universe.
Open our hearts and our eyes, that we may see you, hear you, and experience you in all that surrounds us.
Holding you in the core of our being, we offer you our thanks and praise.
You have gifted us with life, with faith, and with your love. Trusting in your power and grace, we offer to you our prayers for your world.
We hold before you all who have been affected by the Ebola virus: for the children who are now orphans, for the parents who have lost their children, for the medical professionals who care for the sick and for those who are working on a vaccine.
We pray for those who died in the avalanches in the Himalayas of central Nepal.
We pray for the people in the town of Kobane in Syria as the airstrikes intensify.
We pray that peace and calm will prevail over the news of the European stock market tumble.
We pray that the peace talks between the student protesters and the Hong Kong government will bring forth a fair and just outcome.
We pray for all the earth, that we may learn to walk gently, bringing healing and new life to the places where we have brought harm.
Tender and caring Creator, accept these, the prayers of your people prayed in the strong name of Peace.