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Jeremiah 29:1, 4-7; Psalm 66:1-12, 2 Timothy 2:8-15; Luke 17:11-19
Prayers of the People (Lal Rodawla)
We bless you, o God, for your power: in mighty deeds and tender mercies. We bless you, o God, for your watchful care: in places of exile and at home. We bless you, o God, for your healing presence: in sickness and in brokenness. We pray to you for the needs of the world: for those enslaved by political, military, or social oppression . . . for those suffering from violence and illnesses we can prevent . . . for those at risk from famine, drought, and natural disasters. . . We pray to you for the renewing of creation: for an end to harmful habits and willful ruin . . . for heightened care for species at risk . . . for more faithful stewardship among us toward earth’s resources. . . . We pray to you for the cares of our community: for those who have lost jobs, homes, and hope . . . for those who are hungry today and will be again tomorrow . . . for those troubled in mind, body, or spirit, and for those recovering. . . . We pray to you for the cares we hold this day: for patience in difficulty . . . for a renewal of commitment . . . for grace to forgive ourselves or another. . . . Heal us, we pray, in our diseases, estrangements, and in the broken places of our lives. May we return to you, to creation, and to community in joy and thanksgiving according to your grace. Give your church fresh courage and bold vision in this changeful time, as we pray for the welfare of all people. In the name of the one who came to heal and to save, Jesus the Christ.
These things we pray in the name of your Son, Christ Jesus, who taught us to pray saying…
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.
Practicing gratitude can change our lives as individuals; it can change our life as a congregation. In the spirit of gratitude to God, our giving is not reduced to ethical duty but is elevated to delight and joy. As we offer to God these measured gifts, let us also offer unmeasured praise.