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Prayers of the Church, July 12, 2015

Holy and glorious God, we are thankful for the gift of visiting pastors and musicians who share their inspiring and comforting message and music with us. Open our ears and hearts to listen and obey your commandment for our daily lives, to love one another as you love us. Help us to translate our faith into deeds. Hear us O God. Your mercy is great.

Creator God, as we worship together on this beautiful summer day, keep us mindful of those who are experiencing devastating weather and climate extremes – hurricanes, drought, fires, floods, famines, tornados and power outages. Protect us from harm and help us to show compassion for those in need of shelter. Hear us O God. Your mercy is great.

Righteous and merciful God, like the prophets of ages past, we too are called to witness to justice and to speak truth to power. In our community of faith, we find it so hard to comprehend the depths of the evils of ethnic cleansing, such as what occurred in Srebrenica Bosnia 20 years ago, or the ongoing barbaric religious persecution by ISIS, and the long reach of the effects of slavery in our own country. Inspire our church leaders and pastors so that your life-giving gospel is proclaimed - the gospel of the reconciliation
of humanity with our God. Hear us O God. Your mercy is great.

Infinite and everlasting God, you have promised us redemption and forgiveness through your gift of grace. Help us to see ourselves in others, to walk in their shoes, to realize how blessed we are and how vast are the needs of others who are also created in your image. Hear us O God. Your mercy is great.

Living and ever-present God, hold all travelers in your protective hands to bring them safely to their destinations. We pray also for all those who protect and defend us, in our police force and emergency services, and in our military and diplomatic services. Bless our ministries within the congregation and in our community, such as the upcoming Hospitality Network month. Let your healing presence bring health, wholeness and comfort to the lonely and grief-stricken, the sick and suffering, the fearful and despairing, the victims of violence, abuse and addiction, all those on our prayer list, and those whom we name now in spoken word or silent thought. Hear us O God. Your mercy is great.

- Carol Overvold