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Prayers of the Church, May 31, 2015

Trusting the Spirit's power, we pray for the church, the world, and all of God's creation.

On this Holy Trinity Sunday, we give thanks and celebrate the great mystery of our faith, the Father who made us, the Son who saved us, and the Spirit who stayed with
us, who are not 3 gods, but one whole. We may not understand very well, but we give thanks for all your aspects and for the love you show us at all times and in all ways.

Hear us, O God.

We give thanks that you send your Spirit to us through baptism. May Kaiden feel your presence always, and be with his parents and sponsors, that they may do your work in his life. May all the baptized be aware of your Spirit’s loving presence in our lives. Hear us, O God.

There are so many needs everywhere, Lord. We pray, that when we hear the question, “Whom shall I send, who will go for us?” that we may answer with Isaiah, “Here I am, send me.” May we respond joyfully with our time, talents and treasure to make the needs a little less. Hear us, O God.

Lord, Nicodemus came to you by night, to find some light in his darkness. Be there for us when we struggle with doubt, despair, and ignorance, and bring us into your
enlightening presence at last. Hear us, O God.

We are grateful for the rains which came us to us in the last week, as our yards and gardens here were in need of water. Elsewhere, they have gotten too much rain. We pray for those who mourn loved ones lost to the floodwaters, and we pray for those who have lost homes and livelihoods. We pray for people elsewhere who still lack the timely rain, and suffer from ongoing drought. Help us all to be good stewards of this earth, so that we do not disrupt the natural cycles of dry and wet, warm and cold. Hear us, O God.

We pray for all who have need of you in their lives, Lord. Be with those who are sick, be with those who mourn, be with all who suffer for themselves or for the care of others. We pray especially for those we name before you now, in silent thought or spoken word..Send your Holy Spirit to us all, that we may be comforted and find peace. Hear us, O God.

As the season turns again to summer, we give you thanks for the beauty of the blooming flowers, the sunshine, the birdsong, the blue skies. We give thanks for the promise of recreation and vacation. We give thanks for the expectation of a change of pace. Be with all who are preparing for transitions between schools or from school to the world of work. We give thanks for all new adventures in our lives! May they lead us to wonderful new places. Hear us, O God.

- Meegan Niemira