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31st Sunday in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: Joshua 3:7-17; Psalm 107:1-7, 33-37; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Matthew 25:1-13
Prayers of the People and the Lord’s Prayer (David Llewellyn)
Gracious God we are grateful for all the gifts you have bestowed upon us. We praise everyday of life you grant us and the many splendors of your creation.
We strive to be faithful servants and to do your will on a daily basis. We pray for the strength to challenge the limits of our comfort zones as we grow our faith and to support others as they travel their journeys of faith.
We pray that you help us discern our talents. That you help us see through the busyness of our lives to find time to serve others. That you provide us with the generosity to cheerfully return a portion of the resources you have entrusted to our stewardship to achieve your will.
We struggle to understand the grievous events that continue to occur around us. The senseless acts of terror that claim innocent lives and and violence causes many to flee their homes in search of refuge. We live with the threat of nuclear war. The devastation caused by natural disasters. For all these events we pray for those affected that they can recover and return to a normal life.
We seek wisdom as we exercise our right to vote for our leaders and give prayers of thanks for all those who have served in the armed forces including those who have given their lives to protect our very special freedom. We pray for our leaders at all levels to cast aside party affiliations and reach out to their fellow man with wisdom, patience, and tolerance to achieve decisions that create positive results for God’s children.
We ask your blessing for our guests from the Salvation Army Center of Hope that you may provide comfort, support, and opportunity for them.
Help us provide caring support within our Congregation and community to those that face the loss of loved ones and battle sickness.
We ask all these things and praise your presence in our lives by saying the prayer you have taught us:
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 debt 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.