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Prayers of the People, July 3, 2016

Let us pray for the church, those in need, and all of God’s creation……

Loving God, you teach us in today’s lesson to bear one another’s burdens to fulfill the law of Christ. We celebrate the young people and adult leaders of the Appalachian Service Project who have taken on this mission of service with joy, compassion and determination, and have come home to us changed forever by their experiences, and changing others by their example. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Heavenly Father, this past week so many church members were your heart, your hands and voice as we brought your message of love and mercy to 150 of God’s children in our community during Vacation Bible School. May we all be receptive to the call of service and grow in faith. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

God of all the nations, we ask your blessing on our country as we celebrate our independence day. We think with gratitude of all those who serve in our military and our diplomatic corps and our first responders who protect and defend our hard-won freedoms. You teach that we reap what we sow. Inspire leaders in our nation and throughout the
world to sow seeds of peace and goodwill. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Merciful God, we remember and honor the late Elie Wiesel, who demonstrated through his life’s work the triumph of the human spirit over unimaginable evil, who raised his voice against hatred, bigotry and intolerance of all kinds, and who urged us to summon our capacity for good. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Healing Savior, we bring before you those in need of your presence. We pray for those affected by the terrorist attack in Istanbul and Bangladesh, for all who grieve the loss of loved ones, for those who live with financial insecurity, job loss or the crippling power of addictions, for the homeless and hungry, for those on our prayer list and for all those whom we name now in spoken word or silent thought. ….. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

- Carol Overvold