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Prayers of the People June 30, 2019

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Fourth of July celebration  

God of the ages, the stream of blessings that has flowed to us across the years is a source of our hope and our strength. Accept these, our gifts for today, in tribute to your generosity and as a pledge of our goal to become ever more generous ourselves.
By your grace, you have preserved us and allowed this country we love to celebrate its birth once more, and your particular blessings upon our nation have been a focus of our appreciation this week. You are the giver of the purple mountains’ majesty, the fruited plains, the patriots’ dreams, and the shining seas that bless our lives and our land. Help us, then, to turn our grateful faces always toward you, asking for your continued counsel and your assistance to utilize our many blessings wisely.
Today we acknowledge that our freedom to shape our nation’s character and future has been a gift to us from those who fought for our freedoms centuries ago, and those who are engaged today in service to our country. We are humbly mindful of these men and women who serve our nation, and ask your protection of them. Let them see the significance of their efforts, for through them our earth may grow closer to becoming the place you have asked for us to establish – a place where the liberty of all your children is considered to be a treasure beyond price, and a place where freedom gained is used always in service to others.
And, dear God, we pray as your agents, that every time we celebrate our freedom, you might help us also to act on behalf of those near us for whom life offers only limited freedom. We pray for young people caught up in hopelessness, for men and woman trapped by addiction, for those whose potential has been stifled, for those ensnared by the pangs of grief and loss, for those exhausted by caring for others, for those fearful for the future. Teach us how we may work to help release all these made captive by circumstance.
Finally, this day and every day, God, help us to follow in the way of Jesus Christ, whose strength and goodness and freedom were all invested in you. May we, like him, use our wonderful liberty not as license to do what we please, but as the opportunity to become what we should. We pray these things, gratefully, in Christ’s name and spirit, and using his words, as we say together… Lord’s Prayer…

Prayers of the People May 26, 2019

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Based on Isaiah 40: 27-31

Giving God, receive our gifts today, and may this offering be a step in our own growth of generosity to all, developing in us an open-heartedness and open-handedness that mirrors your own.

We acknowledge, Eternal God, that seasons pass in our lives, yet you remain constant – a generous, reliable, and trusted friend.  And so we ask that you might lend to us the breadth of your vision and the depth of your wisdom as we face the needs of our world.  We pray for people across the earth who are embroiled in disruptive and disorienting political or personal turmoil.  Let them find paths to a future that is sustaining, stable, supportive.  We pray for the people of our Midwestern states, whose lives have been drenched by rain and threatened by floodwaters.  Let them rebuild with hope and confidence that their losses can be overcome, as they labor under your care and guidance.

And we pray for our neighbors, our family, and our friends, God, those who share our lives and touch our hearts.  Some of them are ill or lost, lonely or angry, hurt or confused.  We trust that you are the source of all healing, and so we ask that those we love, in need of your healing touch, be restored and renewed.  If we can convey your comfort, give us the right words to speak and the fitting acts to demonstrate your care.  If we can provide guidance, give us the foresight to lead with both gentleness and conviction in a better direction.  May we serve to offer your life-changing love where it is needed most.

And finally, God, we pray for our own concerns and our own needs.  You know the joys and successes we have enjoyed.  You know the difficulties we may face.  Teach us in all circumstances to look to you with trust, certain that because of your presence in our lives, no obstacle will ultimately thwart us.  For as we patiently trust in you, O God, we shall renew our strength, we shall soar with wings like eagles, we shall run and not weary, we shall walk and not faint. 

Hear this prayer which we bring today in the name of Christ, the one who has taught us how much is possible, when we simply follow him.  We offer you now the words of prayer he has taught us to say: The Lord’s Prayer.

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