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Prayers of the Church, April 9, 2017

Lifting our voices and turning toward God, let us pray for the church, the earth, and all who are in need.

Creator God, we give thanks for the special beauty of spring and for a world rich in resources entrusted to us for future generations. Lead us to care for your creation and all its inhabitants. We thank the many volunteers who came yesterday morning to clean up the church grounds and interior, to honor your bounteous gifts to us. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Good and gracious God, you are the fulfillment of prophecies. Help us to walk with you in obedience to God’s will. We give thanks for the many spiritual leaders of our congregation who nurture our faith, especially during this holy week. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Merciful God, we pray for the people of Syria & Iraq who have suffered for many years, caught up in borderless tribal wars, terrorist forces, & no recourse from their own governments. Be with all people who live in conflict zones, that they may find comfort, shelter, sustenance & hope for peace. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Everlasting God, we pray for those who protect us by serving in the military, police and emergency services – that they may have courage and compassion; for our government leaders and representatives – that they may have courage and wisdom; for our diplomatic service – that they may lay the groundwork for peace among nations. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

God our Redeemer, your church proclaims your gospel of truth and courage. We honor today Dietrich Bonhoeffer, who paid a high cost, his own life, for his discipleship of resistance in Nazi Germany. His courage during a time of extreme challenge lives on in his words -- “We are not to simply bandage the wounds of victims beneath the wheels of injustice, we are to drive a spoke into the wheel itself.” Give us the courage of Christ and disciples like Bonhoeffer to seek the way you set before us. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Suffering Lord, you call to us from the cross to give our burdens to you – our sorrows, our sickness, our grief, our fears, our doubts – to receive your healing, forgiveness, and redemption. Lead us to trust in you and to live lives filled with mercy and compassion, strong in your grace, confident in the resurrection. We pray for all those who seek the Lord, for the Steffens family, for those on our prayer list and for all whom we name now in spoken word or silent thought………. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

- Carol Overvold