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Prayers of the Church, March 5, 2017

Merciful God, as we embark on this season of Lent, help us pause for a moment to reflect on all you have given us, not just our possessions, but your ever present love and protection that guides us through each day. In spite of our overly busy schedules, we need to take time to thank you for your guiding hand and remember to live as an example to you.

Father, in our Gospel reading, we heard again how Jesus resisted the temptations of the devil time after time. Let us take that with us today as we face the trials and temptations of our daily lives. Throughout these 40 days and even after our glorious Easter celebration, help us to resist the temptations we encounter and instead let us treat others fairly, use our time and talents effectively, spend our money wisely and above all worship only you.

Lord God, we are all grateful for the special talents and gifts you have given us. Each week we see this demonstrated through the staff and members of our church. The motivating sermons of our pastors, the art of music brought to us by our band, the tireless energy of our volunteers, leading efforts for One House at a Time, Chosen 300, Appalachia Service Project and many more. Guide them as they pursue these efforts and continue to strengthen them each day.

Each day as we watch or read the news, we hear of so much turmoil and unrest both here in the United States and abroad. Even our local news reports stories of vicious attacks on others simply for their race or religion. Help those who lead to focus on the right things, alleviating problems and bringing peace. Help us to practice tolerance and embrace the differences of others which make our world colorful and dynamic. Keep those in the military safe from harm as they do their work to make the world a better place.

Heavenly Father, so many people bear heavy burdens of poverty, homelessness, loneliness and illness. Send your blessings upon those on our prayer list and those who we name before you now to comfort them and provide a guiding hand as they navigate a difficult path.

- Melissa Harbold