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Prayers of the Church, February 22nd

Led by Christ in our journey of repentance and moved by his compassion, let us pray for the church, those in need, and all of God's creation. A brief silence.

1) Lord Jesus, you called us to renounce evil and we remember today in this first Sunday of Lent that you were tried and tempted by the forces of evil. You choose service instead of fame and sacrifice instead of power. You set an example to follow by choosing the way of the Father. Grant us the strength to stand up against all that is evil and keep us firm in times of trial and temptation knowing that your support and love are always close at hand. Unite your church in proclaiming that in your family all are welcome, all are beloved, all are made whole. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer..

2) Saving Lord, we pray for your blessing on all who profess you as their savior that they may witness powerfully to your unselfish love and humility. We offer you our thanks that we can meet together in this church and pray openly to you. We remember and pray for those who are denied this opportunity and are persecuted for their faith especially the Egyptian Christians who were victims of Isis. Bless our newly installed Church Council, our musicians, teachers, committees, and all those who strive to lead this congregation faithfully into the future. Ground their work in scripture and prayer, and fuel it with your great imagination. Bless our partner congregation in Tanzania. Grant that all Christians be strengthened by the power of your love. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

3 Gracious Lord, Be with us as we walk with you in the wilderness of Lent. We ask your blessings on Pastors Dyan and Keith as they lead us on a Lenten Journey of closer fellowship with you. Bless and lead David Grafton as he guides us this Wednesday in understanding Luther's religious experience of God. Help us to draw closer to you throughout this somber season of sacrifice. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

4) God of our universe, grant us wisdom to carefully steward our planet and all your creation. Fill us with awareness for the consequences of how we use energy and guide us to conserve. Many in our country and our world are struggling with extreme weather conditions and its aftermath. Help those affected to keep warm and safe, remain positive as they cope with power outages and dig out their homes and streets, and help others in their communities. Bless all those who work through the nights to salt and plow roads, and rescue those who are stranded. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer..

5) Saving God, you promised that never again would there be a flood to destroy the earth. We pray that instead you flood our world with peace. Peace in the Middle East and in the Ukraine. Peace in our communities and our homes. Lord we do not understand why there are wars and shootings and innocent people are cruelly slain. Assure us with your promise that your people will find peace in heaven, where no one makes war. May we experience your peace that surpasses all understanding. Protect refugees, local people, our military and all who suffer because of violence. Stir up compassion among leaders and citizens so that every person is treated with dignity, kindness, and love. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

6) Compassionate Savior, we know your heart aches with those who are in pain. Comfort the grieving. Tend to those who are hungry, lonely, lost, those recovering from surgery or medical treatments, and those in any need (especially Shirley Keiter and others on our prayer lists and all those we name before you now in spoken word and silent thought). Hear their silent or vocal cries and spur us to respond as your hands and heart in the world. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer. Here other intercessions may be offered.

7) Almighty God, we did nothing and you gave us grace and love. We did nothing and you gave us hope and peace. We did nothing and you gave us victory over death. Christ died for us now let us live for him. We have no right to ask yet we pray you remember your covenant with us, and keep us faithful to you until we join with all the saints and angels around your heavenly throne. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer. Pastor: Into your hands, gracious God, we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in your mercy; through Jesus Christ, our Savior.

- Kathi Neal