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Prayers of the Church, March 5, 2017

Merciful God, as we embark on this season of Lent, help us pause for a moment to reflect on all you have given us, not just our possessions, but your ever present love and protection that guides us through each day. In spite of our overly busy schedules, we need to take time to thank you for your guiding hand and remember to live as an example to you.

Father, in our Gospel reading, we heard again how Jesus resisted the temptations of the devil time after time. Let us take that with us today as we face the trials and temptations of our daily lives. Throughout these 40 days and even after our glorious Easter celebration, help us to resist the temptations we encounter and instead let us treat others fairly, use our time and talents effectively, spend our money wisely and above all worship only you.

Prayers of the Church, February 19, 2017

Called to be a light to the nations, let us pray for God’s justice, peace, and healing.

Glorious creator, we give thanks to you Lord God for this day of rest and refreshment. Thank you for this beautiful morning and the wonderful taste of spring in February. "For this is the day that you have created for us and we rejoice and are glad in it." Help us present our hearts and our lives as living sacrifices before you. Lord in your mercy,

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Heavenly Father, thank you that your Son loved us even when we were the enemy, and that he prayed for those who killed him. Teach us to be merciful like You, and do good to all people, even to those who we consider our enemies. Help us to love those we feel are unlovable that we may look at everyone through the eyes of love. As the Jesus taught us, help us to live as if we are "kingdom subjects." so we might live out our God-created identity. Inspire us to live generously and graciously toward others, the way you live towards us. Lord in your mercy,

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Prayers of the Church, February 12, 2017

Called to be a light to the nations, let us pray for God’s justice, peace and healing

Gracious Father God, we thank you for the gift of scripture. We marvel that ancient words have soul refreshing effects today. We pray for the Saad family, the family we call “ours” who fled danger in their homeland Iraq and had a rock thrown through their window in Glenside. We pray for the rock thrower who suffers with fear and anger. We pray for ourselves because we are frail humans who feel anger or self-righteously superior to the rock thrower. We pray for Your Kingdom on earth and in our neighborhood. Lord in your mercy

Prayers of the Church, January 8, 2017

Called to be a light to the nations, let us pray for God’s justice, peace, and healing.

Pour out your spirit of unity, triune God. Renew our lives in the promises of baptism. Hold us together as a congregation of faith in the oneness of the body of Christ. Empower us to be one as you are one. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Pour out your spirit of wisdom, holy God. Guide our government officials and military leaders as they wrestle with complex situations. Grant them courage and compassion to work for peace in every nation. We pray for the safety of our military, our police and our emergency responders who risk their lives to protect us. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Prayers of the Church, January 1, 2017

Rejoicing in the good news of Christ’s birth and dwelling in hope, let us pray for the church, those in need and all of creation.

As we welcome the new year Lord our most fervent prayer is for peace. Peace in our homes, in our neighborhoods, in the nation and throughout the world. Lord in your mercy.

Holy Father help us to see our part in bringing peace. Let us never forget your commandment to love our neighbor as ourselves. Open our hearts so we not judge by race, religion or political beliefs but be as Jesus was caring for all people. Lord in your mercy.