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Prayers of the Church, January 1, 2017

Rejoicing in the good news of Christ’s birth and dwelling in hope, let us pray for the church, those in need and all of creation.

As we welcome the new year Lord our most fervent prayer is for peace. Peace in our homes, in our neighborhoods, in the nation and throughout the world. Lord in your mercy.

Holy Father help us to see our part in bringing peace. Let us never forget your commandment to love our neighbor as ourselves. Open our hearts so we not judge by race, religion or political beliefs but be as Jesus was caring for all people. Lord in your mercy.

This past year has brought many joys, the birth of a child, the marriage of another, children becoming adults we are proud of, and many other moments of happiness. The year also brought sadness with the loss of loved ones, the serious illness of another, jobs lost, children gone astray. God Almighty we thank you for the gifts you have given us and for the comfort and support you offer during the difficult times. Lord in your mercy.

Lord you are a truly an awesome God, sending your beloved Son to walk among us, to teach us, to die for our sins. We ask forgiveness for our sins and guidance in our lives. Lord in your mercy.

We pray for our pastors Dyan Lawlor and Keith Anderson, for our staff, for our lay leaders and all our wonderful volunteers. We ask that you bless them and give them strength and guidance to take us through this next year. Lord in your mercy.

Father we pray the hungry, the homeless, the lost here in this nation of so much abundance. We pray for the refugees of the world, leaving their homes with only what they can carry, innocent people withstanding so much hardship. Lord in your mercy.

Gracious Father we pray for our military, for our homebound and for all your people. Comfort those that mourn, give rest and peace to those that sit at the bedside of the critically ill. We pray for all teachers, without them there would be no future. Lord we ask blessings on those on our prayer list and for those special people we lift up to you now in spoken word or silent thought.

Lord in your mercy.