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Prayers of the Church, August 21, 2016

Remember the Sabbath day. Call the Sabbath a delight. This is the Lord’s day, and the Lord will do for us what the Lord does: feed us, forgive us, help and heal us. Rejoice at all the wonderful things God is doing.

Prayers of Intercession

Rooted in Christ and rising to serve, let us pray for the church, the world, and all in need.

1) Gracious God, we praise you on this Sabbath day for the wonderful place we call our church home. We come hungry for spiritual food and in need of your healing and blessing - for us and our church family. We praise you for the cool temperatures we are enjoying in your sanctuary and in many of our homes and pray for those who are suffering in oppressive conditions. Bless our ministries that offer food to the hungry and satisfy the needs of the afflicted. May our light rise in the darkness and let the glory of the Lord rise among us. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

2) Lord of all languages, many of us are awe inspired by the amazing display of athleticism we've seen while watching the Olympics. But greater than the athletes' display of physical strength - is their wonderful display of love and unity towards other teams and cultures far different than their own. We pray with and for Christians in worship all over the world. We pray for all who are worshiping you today no matter what their religion! May your church and all here reflect the respect and unity of your love to all mankind in our diverse world . Let the songs of the Lord rise among us. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

3) Liberating God, Guide the leaders of our nation and all in authority throughout the world to embrace your call to compassion. May they set free from bondage all who are oppressed and relieve the needs of the poor. Remove the yoke of destructive partisanship, the pointing of fingers at our enemies, and bless all nations in need (especially victims of air strikes and bombings in Syria and Turkey ). Empower all to speak the truth, encouraging honorable leadership. Let the praises of the King rise among us. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

4) Life-giving God, Your Spirit speaks in creation. We thank you for botanical gardens, for abundant farmers markets, for clean water, for cheerful sunlight, and for communities where people and nature live in peace together. We pray for peace through our world, in our cities and in our homes. Bless our pastors Dyan Lawlor and Keith Anderson as they lead our congregation forward in peace and service to your people. Bless our meditation ministry this evening. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

5) Compassionate Lord, you call us to rebuild the ancient ruins and raise up the foundations of many generations, that we may be the repairers of the breach, the restorers of streets to live in: Guide continually the communities in which your people dwell, that they may be crowned with mercy and loving-kindness. We pray for the thousands of families whose homes were damaged or destroyed by the floods in LA and the fire in CA. We praise all who have responded in any way to help those in need. Grant those affected your hope, strength and courage as they rebuild their homes and their lives. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

6) Healing Father, Bring strength, health, and wholeness in the parched places of our lives. We pray for those struggling with disease, those who are depressed, those who grieve. We ask your protection of those in harm's way, for our military and police and firefighters. Bless the Red Cross. and bless all those in need this day (especially) and those we name before you now in silent thought and spoken word. Surround them with care and hope. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

7) Eternal Father, We pray for those who must be absent from this assembly while they work on this Sunday. Give them and all people Sabbath rest. Our stories are shaped in community. We thank you for people young and old, women and men, red, brown, yellow, black and white for they are all precious in your site. We are grateful to all who have witnessed to your love, and we remember those who have passed on to be with you (especially). Let the glory of the Lord rise among us. Oh... Oh let is rise. Hear us, O God.

Your mercy is great.

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