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Prayers of the Church, August 9, 2015

Gathered by the Holy Spirit and Fed by the word we come together as the people of God to pray for the church, the world and all in need.

Abba, we gather in safety and comfort this morning to hear scripture read and interpreted, to partake of the sacrament of communion, to sing your praise. We are mindful that our reality is a fantasy for so many of your children. Our hearts care, you know that Father. Fill us with conviction to shine the light of that caring into the darkness. Let us be the love that shines all around the beasts and the children. Hear us O God

 

Most high and holy God, pour out upon your children of every denomination and faith YOUR unifying spirit. You created us in your image. Strengthen the bonds that bind those of us who follow your ways so that others looking on would see YOUR glory. Hear us O God

Almighty God we commend into your care all those Christians – and all those of any faith who suffer persecution because of that faith. Defend them day by day with your heavenly grace; strengthen them in their trials and temptations; give them courage to face the perils that surround them; and grant them a sense of your abiding presence wherever they may be. Hear us O God

BrotherJesus who took on a human body and who experienced human life, we ask you for strength, healing and comfort for those whose pain you understand. Placing these names before you in prayer now in confidence we give them up to you. Hear us O God

- Diane Schueler