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Prayers of the People, Barbara Bissell
Our bountiful and glorious God, you speak to us like a breeze sometimes and like a hurricane at others. Help us to discern your message and heed your call no matter how you call us. We say we will follow you but when it gets tough, we back out. We need your strength to carry us through the whirlwinds. Thank you for your presence with us always.
You have provided us with your abundant and beautiful creation and we often don’t notice, or worse, we don’t honor your gifts of earth and sky and waters. We thank you for this world that you have entrusted to us. Open our eyes to what is around us and place in our minds and hearts that you are the one to be worshiped.
There are many in our congregation who are suffering from serious illnesses or the sadness of losing someone close. Comfort those who are grieving and give to them who need it healing in body and mind.
Many in our area have had their homes destroyed or badly damaged from the flooding. We pray for your protection and provision and help us to reach out in whatever way you lead us to aid them.
Lord, in this world there is much tumult and terror. We often ask where you are and yet you are right here with us amid the hostilities and wars and injustices. Please keep reminding us that you have already overcome evil in the sacrifice, death and resurrection of your son Jesus Christ. Help us to obey and submit to you, to give you the glory, and to live in ways that are pleasing to you. It is in the name of Jesus we pray the prayer he 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 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.