…from where will my help come?

Posted on 06 Nov 2016, Pastor: Walt McCanless

32 Sunday in Ordinary Time

Lectionary: Haggai 1:15b-2:9; Psalm 145:1-5, 17-21 or Psalm 98; 2 Thessalonians 2:1-5, 13-17; Luke 20:27-38

Prayers of the People (Anne Wood)

Lord,  you are our foundation, our unshakeable foundation, when we feel that the world is crumbling around us. Your earth is a beautiful gift and we thank you for creating us to be her   caretakers. Help us to see it as yours  and to preserve it .

We ask your protection for those who are serving our nation in the military.  For those who have volunteered and who leave their homes to combat evils  in this world , bring  them  safely home.

For those who live in ravaged lands with little hope of a decent life in the near future, open our hearts and  pocketbooks to provide them with food and shelter away from the dangers of war.

Comfort those who are grieving and scared, lonely and worried. We know you are with us through all of our troubled times.

We praise you for the good news  that health will be restored.  We thank you for advances in medicine that eradicate cancers and other illnesses that impair life.  We feel your presence in our joys and  healings and pray for those who await tests results and surgery.

Many are entering new phases of their lives—retirement, marriage , parenthood, divorce  and moves that challenge us. Give us peace of mind as we navigate our way through those changes and to seek your blessing as we figure things out.

Lord, we know that the challenges of seeking jobs and permanent places to call home are many. We ask that  these needs be met, and having a home  become a reality and purposeful work  be provided.

We look to you to determine who our leaders will be and that we search for your direction as we elect  leaders of our local , state and national governments. Lord, help us to be kind to one another and offer friendship and care to those we meet.

And most of all , Lord, help us to carry in our hearts the words of your son who taught us to pray….

All: 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.