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Jeremiah 1:4-10; Psalm 71:1-6; Hebrew 12:18-29; Luke 13:10-17
Prayers of the People and the Lord’s Prayer
Written by Mary Marple Thies. Let Us Pray, Reformed Prayers for Christian Worship, Martha S. Gilliss, Editor, p.110-111)
God of all times and all seasons, great and wonderful are all your works. You set the sun in the heavens to warm our days. You rolled moon and stars in your hands and flung them across the skies to light up the night. We spend our days immersed in your love, breathing in your grace with each breath. As we lay in the little death of sleep, our nights are filled with the assurance of your presence.
Your love is everlasting, and we come into your presence with thanksgiving and singing, praise, and wonder. You are God for all the seasons of our lives. As people who know brokenness and sorrow, we are grateful for your presence. We trust your promises and come in response to your grace, lifting the joys and concerns of our hearts to you. We remember those who are wounded by life—the ill, the dying, the grieving, those without jobs, without food, without homes. Touch, renew, comfort, and heal them, and use us as agents of your transforming love for them.
We remember Christ’s body, the church. May we proclaim the gospel so clearly by our words and our life that the world may know your love. We remember with thanks those who have ministered to us and carried the gospel to us, parents and grandparents, teachers and ministers. Finally, we lay ourselves before you. By your Spirit search out and find the places where we hurt, and shine on them your healing light. Uncover the places where we run from you, and gather us home. Mold us, shape us, make us one with each other and one with Christ.
Dear God, you astonish us by granting requests that are only half-formed, by enriching our experience in unexpected ways, by reminding us of factors we have overlooked. However our prayers are answered, may the outcome be that we love you more and trust you with greater confidence.
We offer our prayers in the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord, who taught and invited 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.