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Prayers of the Church, April 19, 2015

Confident that the resurrection of Christ has defeated sin and death, we offer our prayers for the church, the world, and all people in need.

A brief silence.

Risen Lord, the light of your love shines on, through the faces and words of others as it illuminates the places where you are present and brings hope into our troubled world. When the disciples struggled with the reality of your appearance, you penetrated the darkness of their fear and doubt with your words of peace. You showed them the marks on your hands and feet. Then opened their minds to understand that you had to die to defeat death. Increase our understanding of your resurrection - and your call for each of us. Open our minds and hearts to answer you. Let us pray. Have mercy, O God.

Living God, bring to us the sense of your presence as we go into this new week. Renew in us the faith you want us to have, the faith that is not afraid to reach out in your name. Faith to share the treasure of love you have given us, that treasure which is greater than silver and gold. Guide us each day as we minister to one another and to the world for which you gave yourself. Let us pray. Have mercy, O God.

Almighty God, we ask that you would bless us at [ Upper Dublin ] with a vision for the future as we plan for our spring and summer activities to share your message. Bless our pastors Dyan Lawlor and Keith Anderson and all those giving pastoral love and care. Strengthen them in faith and may their minds and hearts feel your spirit and love leading them. Bless the members who serve you in the many ministries at Upper Dublin, for all those who witness to the risen Christ through speech or action. Bless our newest family member, Cameron and his family as they begin a new journey in their faith walk with you. Let us pray. Have mercy, O God.

Merciful God, we know we live in a dangerous world. We ask your blessing for those who work to keep us safe: for police officers and firefighters, for military and international peacekeepers, for local and national leaders. We pray for fair leaders who focus on what best for humanity and not political gain. We pray for peace in our world and protection
for all who are in harm's way, especially those who are targeted by terrorist groups.let us pray. Have mercy, O God.

Compassionate Father - you know our hearts, you know our needs, and you know the hearts and the needs of those around us. We lift ourselves and them before you at this time. We pray for the depressed, those feeling rejected, bereaved, sick, or frightened . We pray for all who are close to death or are in hospice and for those who care and minister to them. We pray that support for all be close at hand, and that all experience the gift of comfort, healing and your peace. We lift up all those named on our prayer lists, and those we name before you now in spoken word or silent thought. let us pray. Have mercy, O God.

Eternal Father, with you all things are possible. With the saints who are with you know, make us live in hope,trusting that though we do not see, we do believe. We commend to your everlasting care those who have died and all those who mourn ( especially Mary Steur and family at the death of her husband Joe, and for the family and friends of James Wistar at the death of his father Cres). Strengthen us in faith as we wait to join them and you in your kingdom that has no end. Let us pray. Have mercy, O God.

Holy God, by the death and resurrection of your Son, you have granted new life, abundant renewal, and salvation. Hear our prayers for the sake of the one who has set us free, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

- Kathi Neal