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Prayers of the Church, July 12, 2015

Holy and glorious God, we are thankful for the gift of visiting pastors and musicians who share their inspiring and comforting message and music with us. Open our ears and hearts to listen and obey your commandment for our daily lives, to love one another as you love us. Help us to translate our faith into deeds. Hear us O God. Your mercy is great.

Prayers of the Church, June 21, 2015

Eternal Father, as we sang in our opening hymn, you are our help and our hope, our shelter, our guide and our home. Strengthen our faith in you and lead us to accept your gift of grace. Hear us O God. Your mercy is great.

Guiding Father, today we give special thanks for fathers. Like you, they soothe our fearful hearts, wipe our tears, protect us and guide us. Give wisdom and energy to all those who nurture children, so that they can be living examples of your faithful love and sacrifice for us. Hear us O God. Your mercy is great.

Prayers of the Church, June 14, 2015

The parable of the growing seed, which only appears in the Gospel of Mark, reveals how spiritual growth is a continual, gradual process. We have each seen it in our faith community or felt it personally. We’ve seen the results and changes in our friends and fellow servants in Christ, following a week of hard work and service in the heat of Appalachia. It has been evident as we prepare or serve chicken dinners with Chosen 300. A life of faith and spiritual growth has highs like a feeling of standing on a mountaintop, or it can be the low valley of despair, loneliness or doubt. The good news; God has promised that He will not abandon us, no matter where we are in our faith, in our spiritual journey. And we await that day of our own spiritual harvest, when doubts are erased, suffering is ended and the glory is God is fully revealed to us. For your patience and encouragement as we continue our spiritual journeys, we thank you in gratefulness. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Prayers of the Church, January 5, 2014

In joy and wonder, we pray for the church, those in need, and all of God’s creation. It is with wonder that we contemplate and then believe that you, God, came to live among humans as one of us, as a frail helpless infant born to parents who could not provide a luxurious or even a particularly safe childhood. What more could confront us with the fact that we cannot possibly fully understand the ways of God? Who among us would choose to be helpless or to have a beloved child unprotected ? So we say thank you to the God we worship for this mystery. Hear us O God

Lord God, we begin a new year with no idea what will happen in 2014. The fact that we think we are following your will does not mean we are actually doing so. But we know the desire to please you does please you and we strive to have that desire in all that we do. Hear us O God

- Diane Schueler

Prayers of the Church, June 7, 2015 - 10:30 Service

TRUSTING THE SPIRITS POWER WE PRAY FOR THE CHURCH, THE WORLD AND ALL OF GODS CREATION.

LORD WE BRING TO YOU THIS MORNING, AS WE DO EVERY WEEK, OUR GIFTS OF LOVE AND SACRIFICE. WE DROP SOME OF THOSE GIFTS IN THE OFFERING PLATES. BUT THE GREATEST OF THE GIFTS WE HAVE FROM YOU ARE THE YOUNG PEOPLE WHO WILL/HAVE STAND/STOOD IN FRONT OF US AND IN FRONT OF YOU THIS DAY. WE GIVE THEM BACK TO YOU WITH GRATITUDE, AND WITH HOPE, WITH FULL HEARTS AND WITH EMPTY HANDS. AND WE TRUST YOU TO CONTINUE THE GOOD WORK YOU HAVE BEGUN IN THEM AND IN US. LORD, IN YOUR MERCY, HEAR OUR PRAYER.