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Prayers of the Church, October 4, 2015

Made alive with God in Christ, we pray for the church, those in need, and all of God’s creation.

Heavenly Father we are gathered this morning to worship you, to confess our failures, experience forgiveness and to start fresh to try to live together peacefully. Send your Holy Spirit into this place to renew our efforts to live the way you would have your children live. Help us to abandon striving for power and instead listen to the Spirit of God speaking to us. Make us mindful constantly of the lesson your son Jesus lived and taught – to sacrifice ourselves for the good of our friends, our neighbors and even our enemies. Let the world see Jesus in us. Lord in your mercy

On this day of worldwide communion we pray for the church in the world, and we pray heartily for your persecuted church in so many places. I confess to my church
family that I complained of being cold in this sanctuary last week, so I stand in slack jawed awe of Christians in Indonesia locked out of their churches by the government and so worshiping on the street surrounded by jeering mobs. Help us, Father, it’s so natural to progress from sympathy to horror to anger and then violence. The cycle needs to be broken and as Martin Luther so often said – “on our own we are powerless to do that”. Keep us from despair and anger. Let the world see Jesus in us. Lord in your mercy

We pray this morning for all those who serve in the government of this country. May those who hold power understand that it is a trust from you to be used, not for personal glory or profit but for the service of the people. Drive from all of us cynicism, selfishness and corruption, grant in your mercy just and honest government; and give us grace to live together in unity and peace; through Jesus Christ. Let the world see Jesus in us. Lord in your mercy

Almighty and merciful God, you are the source of all health and healing. Grant to your children and awareness of your presence and a strong confidence in you. Surround those whose names we lay before you now with a strong sense of your presence and the peace only you can give. Lord in your mercy

“Chose you this day who you will serve.” Jeremiah 24:15

“This is an evil, this is a sickness within our Church: sowing divisions, sowing hatred, not sowing peace.” Pope Francis

- Diane Schueler