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Prayers of the Church, June 21, 2015 - 7:45 am

Heavenly Father, we have so many joyous events and moments in our lives. We know that you are the true source for this happiness. You created us out of joy and love. We thank you for the joy of our many volunteers here at Upper Dublin. We pray for the safe journey and successful mission of our ASP volunteers. There job is not easy but they do it with joy and grace. Our youth are our future and we are blessed by their devotion and faith. We thank our adult volunteers who travel and work with them. Their dedication and sacrifice will not go unnoticed by our youth. We thank you for our Vacation Bible School volunteers who will work to your glory this coming week. They will be windows to your love and our children will blossom. We also thank you for our fathers who work so hard to provide and model your love for us. Be with them and restore them when they are tired, when they feel overwhelmed, when they are fearful. Their presence in our lives is essential and so worthwhile. We thank you for our pastors who serve all of us in so many ways and who work so tirelessly to find ways to enhance our own faith journeys. We celebrate Pastor Anderson and his book the Digital Cathedral which leads us to find your good news in so many places and we celebrate Pastor Lawlor who is showing us that your presence and love is found in many places in many cultures and in many faiths. For all of this joy we offer our praise to you because we know that you are its source. Help us to never forget this, help us to live in your love and help us to bring you joy in your creation. Hear us, O God

 

Sweet Jesus, with all of this joy and thankfulness our hearts are still ripped open with pain and suffering. With the most recent events in South Carolina, the vicious killing of Rev. Pinckney and eight members of his church, we cry in pain. We know the reason and yet we hesitate to say it, to challenge it, to call it what it is, it is racism in its most ugly form. We pray for the courage to face this headlong, we pray for the ability not to make it political, we pray for the willingness of all people to come together and make it stop. We know that you do not create hearts of hate, we learn and are taught to hate. We know that love will always conquer hate and evil. You showed us this while with us and continue to show us with your unconditional love. We pray for the families of those killed, we pray that you will come into their hearts and give them your love and comfort,
we pray that you will be with them in the days to come. Lead us to resolution that will be lasting and one that reflects your will for us. Forgive us all, help us all. Hear us, O God

God of compassion and healing, we pray for the many ill, for the grieving, for the weary and for the afraid. Hear our prayers in our hearts or spoken now, Hear us, O God

- Dottie Long