O God, author of life and source of hope: Hear our petitions, spoken and unspoken, and gather them together with those of your people around the world so that in our collective life and hope together, we would all be guided and oriented toward your vision of shalom. Grant us courage where there is fear and hope where there is despair so that we might dare to live out our calling as loving peacemakers and merciful justice-seekers. In the name of the One who called your children blessed peacemakers. Amen.
The Rev. Emily McGinley and Richard Pak
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