O God of all the nations, we come to you with gratitude and a plea:
We thank you for all you have given us - for family and friends and our church community, with which you undergird us; for the beauty of your earth and the joy of living; for strength to meet the problems of our lives.
We do pray for those we love in their needs. Give them hope and comfort and strength. Make us agents of your grace to them.
Be with all who are in need. Keep us sensitive to each other's needs and open to the suffering of others.
Thank you for your loving grace.
In Jesus' holy name. Amen.