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Prayers of the Church, May 22, 2016

Rejoicing in the triune God, let us pray for the church, those in need, and all of God’s creation.

A brief silence.

1) God of heaven and earth, before the beginning of time, you were our sovereign God. How today Lord - you can be one God in three distinct persons is beyond our human understanding! By the power of your Holy Spirit, help us to embrace this amazing truth – that you our creator and Father, and Christ your loving son and your life giving Holy
spirit are equally one Living God. Glory and praise to you, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

2) Heavenly Father, we are thankful that when our Lord Jesus went away, he sent the Holy Spirit to be our helper and to guide us in our daily journeys. Help us to listen for - then follow his guidance. Thank you for the many blessings we know within our congregation. Bless our pastors and our partner church in Tanzania. Grant us boldness to proclaim the wonders of your grace and mercy. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

3) Omnipotent God, your name is majestic in all the earth. Enliven all your church worldwide by your Spirit to grow into the name bestowed on us in baptism. Bless our newest ( baby ) brother in our church family, James Francis Burton and his parents. May they grow together in your church. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

4) Caring God, You created this wondrous planet for us to steward and enjoy. Yet our ways of life have lead to serious ecological problems for our planet and its creatures.
We praise and thank you for the majestic mountains, vast oceans, many beautiful species of flowers and birds, and all our magnificent wildlife. Help us and others to take better care of your many gifts to us. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

5) Healing Father, we continue to learn of many tragic deaths in our news. We heard of a car accident following a high school prom claiming 2 teenage girls, senseless
shootings and beatings in nearby communities and schools, people dying from drug overdoses and a plane crash in the Mediterranean. Heart attacks and cancer claim family and friends. We pray for comfort and peace to all who grieve the loss of someone they love. Watch over our young people attending proms, graduations and the following celebrations. And Guide our many graduates ranging from elementary school to doctoral studies. May their seek your direction and purpose with the education they were
blessed to complete. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

6) Compassionate God, You know our pain. You know our struggles. And You promise to wipe away every tear from our eyes. We lift all who suffer from any disease or mental anguish. Calm those overcome with fear. Strengthen all who are receiving chemo therapy or recovering from surgery. Uplift those who mourn or know no family. Give them all wholeness through Jesus Christ, your anointed one. Make his restoring presence and healing known to them and turn their suffering into hope. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

7) Peace-bringing God, the nations of the world cry out for the peace that only you can give. Guide the leaders of nations to make choices that lead to peace. Spirit of
truth, heal us and reconcile us to break the bonds of the oppressed, give sanctuary to refugees, end the exile of those who are marginalized, and pour your love into all hearts. Protect our military. Especially we pray for the leaders of our country and all those seeking or supporting our future leaders. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

8) Eternal Father, you have called the saints your own. Gather us with them into your kingdom, in the promise of life forever with you. We give thanks for those who have died,
especially Nicolaus Copernicus and Leonhard Euler , scientists who helped explain your amazing universe to us in the 1500s. Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty! Early in the morning our song shall rise to Thee; Holy, holy, holy, merciful and mighty! God in three Persons, blessèd Trinity! Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We lift our prayers to you, O God, trusting your promise to hear us; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. - Kathi Neal