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Prayers of the Church, March 8, 2015

Almighty Lord, you have given us your laws to live by. We try so very hard to do right by them, but we fail daily. Yet you continue to forgive us and grant us your grace. We know we do not have to do anything to receive this loving gift. It is not easy to understand this kind of love. May we at least try to love others as you love us, Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Father of all, Lent is upon us as we journey to the cross. Help us to feel you by our side, help us to daily reflect on the selfless love that you give to us and help us to see and feel your sacrifice for us so that we may honor You in our habits, in our speech and in our choices. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We are here today to worship, to share and uplift. Our Council members are being recognized today for what they do for all of us. And then we will leave this place of worship to go out into the world to do what we do; to parent, to teach, to prepare taxes, to construct buildings, to run businesses, to repair cars and on an on. This is where we live and this is where we need to look for you, precious savior, as we make our decisions of time and talent. You are with us always even when we do not feel you, You are with us and for this we thank you! Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Here we are still very much in the grips of winter with the cold and snow. Here we are still suffering from hatred and killings of good people. Here we are still struggling to feed the hungry and care for those who suffer oppression. But here are you, loving Lord, never forsaking us, never giving up on us and always loving us! Help us not to give up on ourselves, even when the odds are so threatening and overwhelming. Let us turn to you each day, each hour when we are in despair and when we find our joy. You are our savior and we are your children, never ever to be apart!! Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for all your servants here and throughout the world, troops fighting injustice, police protecting citizens, missionaries delivering your word and care and individuals everywhere who show your love by what they do and the care they give. Lord in your mercy, We offer a prayer for our pastors, Dyan Lawlor and Keith Anderson. They need your love and care. You know more than we, all that they do, all that they care and all that they give. Give them strength and health and help as they carry your word to all. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

God of compassion, we especially ask that you give comfort and healing to those who suffer, that you help them to feel your presence and love, and that you support their caregivers as they minister to those in need. Please hear our prayers spoken or in our hearts now, Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

- Dottie Long