Prayers of the People-April 2                                                                                                                           Deb Ridgeway

God, your grace is constantly present in our lives, in our stories, in our relationships; we ask today that you open our hearts that we may see your grace in the eyes of brothers and sisters, in the lessons of creatures great and small and in the beauty abundant in all of earth.  As Jesus brought dry bones to life, dress us with the skin of care, compassion and understanding; fill our lungs with the fresh air of open conversation spoken with heart but without anger; give us life anew that we can reach out to those who feel like dry bones in the desert. Continue to show us how to live your grace.

There are many hurting in the world God and we ask for your tender love to sustain them. Our friends in Peru have suffered devastating rains and in an area that is terribly impoverished, we need your guiding hand toward resolutions to many obstacles right now. Open our eyes to those  who suffer in silence and need our help. Be with the sick and the grieving that they may find hope in your promise of everlasting life. Help the leaders of the world to understand that we all stand on common ground and it is your creation not our possession. Show us the way as we pray the words Jesus taught us to pray: Our Father who art in heaven hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.  For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory forever. Amen.

Prayers of the People-September 25
Anne Wood

Our Holy God, your faith  humbles us.  Help our faith in you to grow stronger as we worship you and study your word.

You provide us with so much in the beauty of your world. Help us to protect and preserve and honor the earth as a gift from you.

Thank you for creating us all in your image and for making us your very own children.  There are those who seem different from us, but we know they are our sisters and brothers and that we share the same hopes and needs in finding joy in this life.

Seek us out and repair the broken doors of our hearts  to be opened to include all who belong to you. Tear down our arrogance and closed walls and let us trade them for love and acceptance of each other.

Like Jeremiah who heeded your words  and purchased the field at Anathoth, we have the promise that we will be redeemed.  Let us put our trust in you and look forward to the day when we are all brought back  from the fringes of confinement  and are set free in you.

Make us aware of neighbors who suffer and grieve and let us offer them comfort and aid.

Our riches are in you, O, God and our treasure in your kingdom.

Comfort those who are sad  and worried beyond relief.  Enable us to reassure them that you are near.

Give wisdom to those who are the leaders of states around the world that shake and rumble with discontent and injustice.  Grant us insight as we elect our own leaders  and look to you alone for discernment in making our decisions.

You have sent your own son Jesus Christ to save us from our selfish and sinful ways and it is in his name we pray these words…) “Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed it be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever. Amen.

Prayers of the People-June 26
Jim Croom

 

Thank you dear Lord for the blessing to worship in freedom and for setting us free from our sins in Jesus. I pray this service & all worship services are pleasing to you as we yearn to worship you in Spirit and in Truth.

Thank you for a successful VBS at Providence this week and the dedication of our teachers, many volunteers in sharing your Word with your children. Thank you for mission trips for Providence and all missions around the world taking place for your Glory. I pray your continued Mercies for safe travels. Thank you for our Pastors/Teachers/Elders/Deacons/The Staff/Stephen Ministers/Music Ministry at Providence. Hear our concerns for the sick in body, mind and spirit/ the lonely/ depressed/ the lost without Christ, as we ask for your continued healing hand and amazing grace. We pray for discernment by the doctors and nurses for the wisdom they need from You.

For the unrest in the UK/USA/Middle East and all our problems that seem to be beyond us; for our leaders who need Your wisdom, I pray, for without You we are nothing. Thank you dear Lord, nothing is new with You because you are Sovereign and God alone. Your Will is perfect and You are aware of what we need. May we always pray believing in Jesus our Savior and Lord more and more. Amen.

Prayers of the People-June 19
Anne Wood

Lord, you sustain us in our greatest times of need. You provide us with guidance when we are lost.   When we want to run far away, you are still there, waiting for us.  You give us hope when our souls yearn for comfort.

Thank you for holding us together communally and individually when we are failing. We are all one in Christ Jesus because you love us. In you we can cast aside our differences and our divisions and live in your promise that you will always be with us.

Please give comfort and peace to those we know who are grief stricken over the loss of a friend and family member.  For the people whom we don’t know personally who have lost a beloved child or brother or sister or friend in the Orlando tragedy, heal their pain in time. Protect and instruct us as we try to make the world a safe place for all.  We want to be like Jesus and sometimes we just don’t know how.

Be with those who await medical test results or for a round of treatment to heal their bodies. We thank you for science and medical teams that can give us good health.  Give peace of mind to those who are struggling with serious illness and bless them as they look to you and to doctors for healing.

The beauty of the earth and heavens reflect your majestic palette.  We want to honor you by taking care of these gifts.  We praise you for creating the world in such splendor and for giving us the means to preserve it.

Watch over us as we go out into our week of work and play and caring for one another. Amen.

Prayers of the People-June 5-9:00 am
Jim Scarlett

Gracious God, creator of the universe and giver of life – your majesty stretches beyond the galaxies and beyond our limited comprehension. We are each but a grain of sand in the desert. Despite our littleness and frailty, you care for each of us. You give, and give, and give O God. We have received the ultimate, sacrificial gift in the form of your only Son and our only hope and Savior, Jesus Christ. Though we have been given precious new life, we often instead hold on to all the wrong things: money, power, praise and attention. Turn our hearts to releasing, to giving away anything or anyone who might come between us and you O God. As we consider the depth of your mercy and grace, let us contemplate the state of the world today, and the brokenness that so desperately needs our prayers and your healing O God.

  • To our elected officials at the local, state and national level, may they remember the words of the Psalmist (PS 103:19) that: “The Lord has established his throne in heaven, and his kingdom rules over all.”
  • Grant these mortal, fallible leaders the wisdom of your ways O God – to champion peace, cooperation, justice, and opportunity for all.
  • To the millions of refugees around the world – grant them sanctuary and relief from the horrors of war and violence.
  • To those struggling with disease, infirmity, mental illness, alcohol or chemical dependency, make them whole again by your healing touch O God.
  • To the caregivers of the world, medical professionals and lay people alike, guide their hands and their hearts with wisdom and compassion O God.
  • To those who grieve – gently embrace them in their sadness O God; give them comfort and peace and the courage to face life after loss.
  • To our senior members no longer physically able to attend worship services, let them know we hold them close to our hearts O God.
  • And to those suffering in silence, known only to you, O God – renew their minds and spirits, giving them strength and hope.

You have claimed us, redeemed us and remade us through Jesus’ atoning sacrifice – this is our singular identity and source of life. Nothing else should ever divide our desires or attention – let us always be devoted to you and you alone. Let us live in continuous joy, humility, and gratitude, praising you with our minds, our hearts and our very lives. Amen.

Prayers of the People-June 5-11:15 am
Bret Myers

Almighty loving God,

Father – Creator of all the world and Source of abundant life; Son – Redeemer of all peoples and Word made flesh; Holy Spirit – Sustainer for all time and fountain of eternal love, you have called us by name and claimed us to be yours.  You know us completely, and we belong to you.

Thank you Lord for the gift of your love.  Thank you for the blessing of the greetings of friends.  Thank you for the sights and sounds of our children, eager to love and be loved.  Thank you for the gentle touch of loved ones.  We thank you, Lord, for the gift of prayer, and in the hope of knowing that your promise and your love for us far outweigh our brokenness.

The Psalmist said “I will praise the LORD as long as I live; I will sing praises to my God all my life long.” We confess today Lord that we as your people have not lived that way.  Instead of singing constant praise, we have turned away, covered our faces, been distracted.  And still you claim us. You call us. You love us.  We thank you, O Lord, for loving us so much that you sent your Son to save us and to forever connect us to you.

Lord, here in Charlotte and all over your earth, we ask that you place your protecting hand over those who are exposed and vulnerable. Many have no place to lay their heads, no place to call home, no idea where their next meal will come from. We ask that they may find the comfort that we so often take for granted.  For our neighbors, both known and unknown to us but all known to you, that live in fear and in constant danger around the world, we pray for justice and peace. For friends who grieve the loss of loved ones, or who are anxious about illnesses, or experiencing the uncertainty of a job loss, we humbly ask for your strength. And Father we lift up especially those whose stories never reach our ears. We know, O God, that you hear them and hold them close.

We know and trust, oh Lord of hope, that you are always with us.  Your loving embrace will never let us go. Amen.

May 1-Homecoming at Providence- Prayers of the People
John Garver at 11:15

Dear Lord,

Thank you for allowing us to gather at Providence once more as your people and offer our prayers and our thanks to you.  Today we are grateful for your blessings on this congregation that have flowed forth for over 250 years.  We are humbled to walk toward you following the footsteps of all your saints through those many years, some whose names are as familiar to us as our own, and some whose names are lost to us, but not to you.

Be with our pastors and staff always.  Be with our political leaders at all levels and give them civility in their speech and wisdom in their decisions.  Watch over those that keep us safe, both here at home and overseas.

Be with each of us today whose heart is troubled.  Let us feel your love and support and help us channel that through our prayers to others who are in need.  We lift up to you each person on the prayer list in the bulletin, and each person on our personal prayer list.  Watch over us and keep us and ours safe during the coming week.

Help us to accept ourselves, our brothers and sisters in Christ here at Providence and our neighbors everywhere; help us to understand that we all have our own views about what we encounter; and help us to be your hands and feet in the world.

These things we ask in the name of Jesus, and pray the prayer he taught: Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever.   Amen.

May 1-Homecoming at Providence-Prayers of the People
Anne Wood at 9:00 am

Lord, you have beckoned us to come and worship in this place today as you have for nearly 250 years. Your gracious mercy has kept us as your church for decades , even centuries, and we continue to be blessed your faithfulness.

We praise you for calling us to be your holy people, set apart for your purpose.  We look to you first for guidance and courage to continue to be a beacon to this community of faith, to our neighbors and to the world as we follow Christ in our everyday walk.  You are the light of the world and without you, we would be stumbling in the darkness, trying to make sense of it all.

We ask your powerful hand on those among us who are hurting from  illness and from sadness.  Help us to be little lights in their lives to give them hope and encouragement. Many are preparing for surgery.  Calm their nerves and give them reassurance in the face of the unknown. For those who are recovering from operations, we ask that you strengthen them and heal their bodies.

We have had earthquakes and floods, storms and drought.  Show us how to help the victims and give us opportunities to relieve their suffering.

Our world seems confused and confusing and often a fearful place.  May we feel the presence of your Holy Spirit and not be afraid. We know you are with us and have plans for us and for your world. Make us instruments of your peace.

We pray for the ones who make decisions that affect all of your children, that they consider your will above all, and that justice and mercy be the law that governs us in all matters.

We thank you for your Son who lived that we would know you, who died for the sins that separate us from you, and who was resurrected so that we too may have life eternally with you. Amen.

April 10 Prayers of the People
Tandy Graham

Our Father God, we gather here again in your grace, privileged to worship in the stark simplicity of this sacred space.  Thank you for this place that has sheltered Your people since before our country’s Civil War, a place where we can find peace from the incivility of the war of words that is going on in our political discourse these days.  It seems to bombard us from all sides.  Thank you for this hour of peaceful introspection where the messages we receive from the great I AM drown out the messages we receive from the great iPhones that sometimes tempt us even during worship.

Our hearts and prayers dwell on those who are sick or in pain, who fear the future.  We pray for their healing; we pray for their doctors’ skills to discern the symptoms and answer their anxious questions.  They have been granted the ability to prescribe the proper medications or perform the exacting surgeries that will cure our friends. We pray for the caregivers that they would have the patience and strength necessary to carry on day after day, to know that You are there with them as their Caregiver, never wavering in the patience and strength they need and You always provide.

Many of us miss the loved ones we have recently lost.  Many of us still miss the loved ones who went to you long ago. The pain lingers on and on for some.  Grant them the peace of understanding and acceptance knowing that their loved ones are with You and our Christ Jesus and resurrected to Your Presence for a life eternal.

Thank you for the joys of our children.  They teach us the true meaning of the phrase “Patience is a virtue.” You loan them to us, expect us to teach them and love them, and then they leave us and all we can do is pray that we loved them enough and taught them enough of the right things so that they know, no matter what, that they are always welcome back into our hearts, in fact that they never left.

Thank you for the joy of your Child, your son Jesus Christ.  Thank you for what he taught us and for his love, for His and Your patience with us, so that we also know that we are always in your heart, no matter what, always welcome back.

March 20 Prayers of the People
John Garver

Dear Lord,

Thank you for allowing us to gather at Providence once more as your people and offer our prayers and our thanks to you.  Help us to complete our preparations for Holy Week, and to meditate on all that it means.  Be with our pastors and staff at this busy time.  Be with our political leaders at all levels and give them civility in their speech and wisdom in their decisions.  Watch over those that keep us safe, both here at home and overseas.

Be with each of us today whose heart is troubled.  Let us feel your love and support and help us channel that through our prayers to others who are in need.  We lift up to you each person on the prayer list in the bulletin, and each person on our personal prayer list.  Watch over us and bring us and ours safe home each night during the coming week.

As we end Lent and look towards Easter, we pray that you will be in our hearts and shape our thoughts and actions this coming week.  Thank you for another day, another week, another Easter, and all the joy that comes to us as we run the course you have set for us.

These things we ask in the name of Jesus who taught us to pray: Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever.   Amen.

March 6
Prayers of the People
Joanna Hipp

Gracious and Loving God,

We come here today to rejoice and give glory to you. We give you thanks for gathering us here today to honor and celebrate you, joining together this community. We give you thanks for moments to share joy and wonder together, for the work we all do in this place for you. You have showed us your love, you have showed us how to welcome the prodigal home, and how to forgive.

In Christ, you have showed us how to live a model life of loving compassion. May we, your people, work to create a world of feasting together, and reconciling our world to be your world. We come as sinners to feast with all peoples. You restore the prodigal son, you embrace the elder….all who are lost are found in you.

Aid all of us gathered here today to return to you, and all people who are on our hearts and minds to return to you, and to your love. Grant us wisdom and guidance to help those who are on our hearts and minds today, O God. Help us be present with them, just as you are present with all of us.

Help all who are in leadership roles: be with our nation that we may all work together in harmony to create a world of peace and reconciliation. May we one day all feast together at the Table you have set for us all.

To the one who continues to unite us, in this our community, where divisions are broken, may we continue to break the divisions in our lives. May we forgive one another, just as you forgive us, and aid us in doing so. May we no longer be lost to one another, but found in friendship and fellowship. May all who need, find, may all who seek be granted sight, and may all rejoice in the gladness you have bestowed upon us in your creation.   Amen.

February 28
Prayers of the People (9:00)
Bret Myers

Almighty God, You are the Father, the Creator of all people and places, the maker of Heaven and Earth. It is your wondrous creation that we see this morning in the glistening sunshine, sparkling through the trees around us.  You are the Son, the Word become Flesh, the one who for a time left behind his rightful place in your kingdom to live on earth, fully human and suffering, even to the point of death on a cross.  The one who through his resurrection became the bridge, forever connecting your glorious kingdom and this broken earth.  And Lord you are the Holy Spirit, surrounding us with love and peace and assurance, and filling us here today with your hope.

Father the Psalmist sang “you have been my help, and in the shadow of your wings I sing for Joy.” And like you to the Psalmist, Lord, you have been our help.  We have turned away, covered our faces, been distracted, been unfocused, and self-absorbed.  And still you claim us. You call us. You love us.  We thank you, O Lord, for loving us so much that you sent your Son to show us the way, to save us, to forever connect us to you.  Gracious and loving God, we give you thanks for this day, for our lives, and for one another. We give you thanks for this opportunity to gather together in friendship and fellowship and to find your love and your peace within the walls of your house.

Lord, we ask that you place your protecting hand over those in our community who are exposed and vulnerable, helpless and hopeless. Help those neighbors who are lost find their way to safety, to a warm bed, and a friendly hand.  Help them find the comfort that we take for granted.  Father, We pray that tension, prejudice, injustice, and violence in our own community and throughout the world give way to peace and respect. Father we ask a special prayer for friends who grieve the loss of a loved one, who are anxious about illness, or who face the uncertainty of a job loss. For this we humbly ask for your strength and peace.  And Father we lift up especially those whose stories never reach our ears. We know, O God, that you hear them when we do not, and you hold them like we cannot.

February 28
Prayers of the People (11:15)
Jim Scarlett

Gracious God, you are the author of life. By your hand, you created the world: vast oceans, high mountains, rolling plains and deserts. You created all creatures great and small. You also created woman and man. As the Psalmist said, “what are human beings that you are mindful of them, mortals that you care for them?” If only we cared as much for our fellow mortals as we do for ourselves…

We are here today to worship and to honor you, to come together as a family of believers in Christ. During this time of Lent, we look inward, we forgo activities and indulgences, and ask for repentance; and yet, in a few weeks time, we turn from this oasis of peace, contemplation and restraint, back to our consuming, prideful and power-seeking ways. Create in us a new heart O God; reshape us and instill in us a bold new spirit – seeking you first, serving others before self, bringing salt and light wherever you send us.

As we contemplate the Way of life and renewal, let us lift us in prayer those in need of your mercy:

*To the millions of refugees around the world, deliver them O God.

*To the millions trapped as modern day slaves, execute your justice and liberate them O God.

*To those suffering from physical or mental illness, alcohol or chemical dependency, purify and heal them O God.

*To the caregivers of the world, medical professionals and lay people alike, give them rest for their life giving work O God

* To those who mourn, heal their hurting hearts, and grant them comfort and peace O God.

*To our senior friends no longer physically able to attend worship services, let them feel your comfort and love at all times O God.

*To those suffering burdens known only to you, give them strength to endure, and rekindle in them a sense of hope for the future O God.

Mighty God, we thank you for this day, for the freedom to worship without persecution, for our families and friends, and for this church. More than anything, more than our own lives, we thank you for the gift of your son, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Although he had all power at his disposal, he refused to be tempted and instead emptied himself in service, on a cross, for the entire world.

January 25
Lenten Prayer
Grace McBride

Almighty Father, thank you for this season of Lent.  It is a special time we can express our grateful thanks to you for the greatest gift we have ever been given.

Christ died and rose again that we can have access to God and be loved completely.  So, by believing in Him we have the opportunity to change our lives. As Paul’s words are recorded in 1st Corinthians 15:51, “We will not all die, but we will all be changed.”

 

Thank you, Lord, we do not have to walk on eggshells in talking with you. Anytime we are working,  walking, reading or what, we can express our worries, doubts, and  fears to you.  At the same time we can lift our arms to embrace your love and assurance that you will always be with us as you did to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

Our prayer, O Lord, is that comfort will come to those weary from illness that seems no cure is forthcoming, that stress and discord all over the world can be tamed, that kind consideration can be given to all mankind rather than fear  and hatred, and that we all will reflect our new life in Christ in our thoughts and attitudes  as we mature in our faith.

We place our care and keeping  in your hands, O Lord, and beg for your mercy all in Christ’s name . Amen.

Prayers for the People

October 10, 2014
Marsha Garver

Gracious Heavenly Father,

We thank you this morning for this day; for one more opportunity to worship here at Providence, for one more chance to experience your presence here with us.  We thank you for your love for us.  A love that reaches out to accept us wherever we are and whoever we are.

We pray, O God, that you would remind us how fragile the ties that bind us to life on this earth are.  Help us to be more understanding of our weakness and more trusting of your strength, to be more aware of our sins and more dependent on the forgiveness you offer to us so freely.

We bring before you now all that troubles us:  our failures, our errors and bitterness.  We pray that you would raise us up and renew our hearts.  We lift up before you those of us who suffer from illness, those who struggle with despair or loneliness and pray that you would put your healing touch upon them.

We pray that you would strengthen this congregation in our work and worship.  Fill our hearts with your love so that our lives may reflect your compassion and grace.  Lead us to reach out to those in need and make us a blessing to those our lives will touch.

These things we ask in the name of Jesus who taught us to pray: Our Father, who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy  name; Thy kingdom come: Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; And forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, But deliver us from evil, For thine is the Kingdom and the Power and the Glory forever. Amen.

September 28, 2014
Frances Hill

Dear Heavenly Father,

We live in an imperfect world. Everywhere we turn—the newspaper, television, computers, and even our phones– we are reminded of the burdens of people around the world. Daily, we are assaulted by the images of war, poverty, and disease and our hearts ache.

Our hearts ache because of the threat of terror in our own country. We are saddened by news of missing youth, disgruntled employees, and vast political divides. We worry about our children, our parents, our  paychecks, and our status. Sometimes we can’t even verbalize our burdens but walk around with dark, heavy hearts.

Lord help us to remember that although our burdens are heavy and are many, we don’t carry them alone. Help us to remember that even though this world is imperfect YOU ARE perfect.  Teach us not to question your authority but instead rely on your healing hand and your grace to bring peace to this world, our homes, and our hearts.

Today we, bound together by our love and commitment to you and as the body of Christ, pray as you taught us to pray saying:

Our father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.