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Prayers of the Church, November 6, 2016

With the people of God gathered here and throughout the world, we offer our prayers for the church, those in need, and all of creation.

Eternal God, this Sunday we especially think of ones dear to us who have left this earth to enter the kingdom of God. Although we cannot know what this kingdom is like, we all imagine it in our own way – a rest from labors, the end of suffering and sorrow, a divine and eternal fellowship. For all the saints and for your faithful servants, let us pray. Have mercy, O God.

 

Creator God, we are thankful for the beauty of the seasons, for bountiful harvests, for our country of diverse landscapes and natural resources. For those who serve as good stewards of God’s gifts and for those who heed the call of stewardship to ‘live simply’, that we may find the joy of giving, let us pray. Have mercy, O God.

Merciful God, enlighten our hearts and give us strength to hear and to heed the message of the Gospel – to do to others as you would have them do to you. For the poor, the hungry and the sorrowful whom Jesus calls blessed, that they may claim God’s promise of a place in the kingdom of heaven, let us pray. Have mercy, O God.

Almighty God, for peace among nations and within our own nation, for wisdom, discernment and civility as we go to the polls this week to exercise our hard-fought right to vote in our constitutional democracy, for our first responders and our armed forces and diplomats, who protect these freedoms, let us pray. Have mercy, O God.

Healing Savior, we bring before you those in need of your presence. For those who grieve the loss of loved ones (whether recent or long ago), for those whose lives are challenged by financial insecurity, illness, addiction, guilt or despair, for those on our prayer list and for all those whom we name now in spoken word or silent thought. ….. Let us pray. Have mercy O God.

- Carol Overvold