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Prayers of the Church, November 20, 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.

A brief silence.

1) Almighty and merciful God, only you can defeat the power of sin and make all things new. You sent your son who is Christ the King to walk with each of us. May all in heaven and earth acclaim your glory and never cease to say "May Jesus Christ be Praised". Let us pray.

Have mercy, O God.

2) Loving father, help us - remind us - to be thankful! Thankful people are the ones that are happy. Remind us to count our blessings - both material and spiritual. Today, on Commitment Sunday, we present our (Thank) Offerings and Pledges for next year. Guide each of us to follow your call to our highest potential in order to establish the fullness of your kingdom on earth. , let us pray. Have mercy, O God.

3) Loving God, Break the weapons of hatred in our country and throughout the world. We pray for an end to the Hate Crimes in our country and the killings abroad. We pray to an end to every conflict. Help us in our own uncertainty and fear as we watch a transition of power from our current administration to a new set of leaders who will guide our country in the coming years. Most of all, bless them and us with the knowledge that You are sovereign, and You have ultimate charge over all, let us pray. Have mercy, O God.

4) Dear Lord, you know that this country needs compassion and acceptance! Our world needs love! Please give each one of us the determination and grace to be lights shining out your love into the world around us, through our actions and prayers. Strengthen all those who work for peace: especially world leaders and our military. Protect all in harm's way. And may the peace the world can NOT give but you CAN - reign in our hearts. We pray for peace in our homes, our workplace our country and the world. And hard as it for some of us to say, we pray for terrorists and the hate in their hearts. , let us pray. Have mercy, O God.

5) Holy God, we know that Christ came to bring each of us joy, peace and light. Help us to be especially grateful this Thanksgiving week for your gift of grace and eternal paradise through our savior Christ the King. Bless the generosity of our church members and other churches who worked yesterday to pack meals for the hungry in our county and the many organizations who organize food and gifts for those less fortunate during the holiday season. We ask you to watch over all those who are traveling this week. , let us pray. Have mercy, O God.

6) Generous God, as Thanksgiving draws near, we are especially grateful for our wonderful servants who joyously give back their lives to serve you. Bless and inspire our Pastors Dyan Lawlor and Keith Anderson as the lead us in ministries to reach others and glorify you. Guide our Christian Education leaders Livvy Steffens and Dottie Long, and Ray Hopkins who leads our Youth Ministries - they all personify love and authenticity. We applaud our organist Shirley Keiter for her inspirational music over the years, and all our wonderful musician members for their amazing music that speaks to us week after week.

, let us pray. Have mercy, O God.

7) Compassionate God, give refuge to the suffering, that they may endure in hope, trusting that you are with them in their darkest hour. Heal the sick, comfort the grieving, and rescue those in danger, especially as the holidays draw near. We pray for immigrants and refugees that they will find shelter and provisions. We pray for those on our prayer lists and those we name in spoken word or silent thought). , let us pray. Have mercy, O God.

8) Eternal Lord, In thanksgiving we praise you for all the saints who lived their lives giving thanks to you and are now at rest. We pray that their witness will strengthen our confidence in our own resurrection to eternal life. May we begin each day and never fail to say "May Jesus Christ be Praised !" , let us pray. Have mercy, O God.

As we celebrate Christ the King Sunday today, I lift the words from the hymn: When Morning Gilds the Skies:

When morning gilds the skies our heart awakening cries: May Jesus Christ be praised! When we begin each day, may we never fail to say, May Jesus Christ be praised!

Be this, while life is mine, my canticle divine: May Jesus Christ be praised! Be this th' eternal song through all the ages long: May Jesus Christ be praised!

Let us Pray, Have Mercy, O God.

Almighty God, you have promised to hear those who call upon your name. We commend all our spoken and silent prayers to you, trusting in your abundant mercy, through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.

- Kathi Neal