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Lectionary: Genesis 37:1-4, 12-28; Psalm 105: 1-6, 16-22, 45b; Romans 10:5-15; Matthew 14:22-33
Prayers of the People. Source: Feasting on the Word; Year A
God of power and love,
you are with us in every circumstance of this life.
We thank you for your steadfast faithfulness. Ps. 85:10
We thank you for the gift of your peace,
which comes to us even in times of chaos and fear,
trouble and doubt.
We thank you for your powerful arms of mercy
that grasp us when we are sinking; Matt. 14:31
for your powerful Word
that coaxes us
even when we are hiding and afraid. 1 Kgs. 19:13
We put our trust in you,
for you alone can save us.
We ask for your power and love
to overwhelm the chaos of the nations.
In every place of war,
send your encompassing shalom
to restore and repair all that is torn and broken.
We pray that violent and hostile struggles
will be defeated by good.
Give us faith and courage to follow Christ so closely
that divisions are dismantled,
reconciliation is accomplished,
and love casts out all fear.
Increase mutual understanding
and a sense of unity
in our community,
in this congregation,
in the church around the world.
In our personal relationships,
bring healing where there is estrangement and hurt.
In our relationship to your creation,
give us creativity and perseverance
as we work to be faithful, tender stewards
of all that you have so wondrously made.
We entrust to your providence and care
all those who suffer;
all who are hiding from you,
or even from themselves
because of fear or feelings of unworthiness.
To one struggling with doubt,
To one enduring persecution or prejudice,
For those caught in the grip of anxiety and uncertainty,
grant the calm rest that your peace alone gives.
And for all who face illness, pain, or even death,
we pray for restoration and wholeness
to fill them—in heart, mind, and body.
You alone can save us, almighty God;
hear our cries to you, we pray.
Gather us up
and set us in safety, Matt. 14:32
and we will praise your name.
We ask all things
in the name of Jesus Christ, who taught us how to pray, as we pray together:
Our Father who are 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.)