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Prayers of the Church, March 20, 2016

Hearing the call to return to the Lord, let us join the whole people of God in prayer for all who cry out in pain and in hope.

Dear God, be with all who wave palm branches, shout hosannas and walk the road to the cross. For the mission of the gospel where your church is forgotten, for disciples
wrestling with betrayal, for all who seek the Lord, let us pray. Have mercy, O God.

God of all the ages, enrich the children and youth of our congregation with an abundanc of your Spirit. For each child in our community, and beyond our borders, for parents and guardians, for confirmation mentors and faith formation leaders, let us pray. Have mercy, O God.

Redeemer Lord, you are the fulfillment of prophecies. You took our human form and demonstrated obedience to God’s will, even unto death. Help us to walk with you in obedience, and remember us. For the many spiritual leaders of our congregation who nurture our faith, especially during this final week of Lent, let us pray. Have mercy, O God.

God of all nations, help us to resist the kind of cynicism that can often destroy our interest in participating in the necessary processes of our democracy. For all those who
protect us by serving in the military, police and emergency services and for our government leaders and representatives, let us pray. Have mercy, O God.

Good and gracious Lord, you call to us from the cross to give our burdens to you - all our sorrows, our sickness, our grief, our doubt – to receive your healing, forgiveness, and redemption. Lead us to trust in you and to live lives filled with mercy and compassion, strong in your grace. For all those on our prayer list, for Meghan Evers, and for all whom we name now in spoken word or silent thought….., let us pray. Have mercy O God.

- Carol Overvold