Fifth Sunday of Easter – Providence Homecoming

Acts 8:26-40; Psalm 22:25-31;1 John 4:7-21; John 15:1-8

Prayers of the People and the Lord’s Prayer

God of Grace and Glory,

We give you thanks for this beautiful Homecoming Sunday and another opportunity to gather at Providence to worship you.  We see your grace in the faces of your children gathered here.  We give you thanks for the grace you have given each generation of worshippers at Providence – grace sufficient to meet the needs of each age.

We see your glory in the beauty of this Sunday morning.  The beauty of the church grounds, the cemetery and the spring, and the wonderful gift given to each of us to gather here in worship and praise.

We especially ask your blessings on the many troubled places in the world today:  where war and natural disaster, poverty and injustice have caused pain and suffering.  Bless the people of Nepal as they grieve their tremendous devastation and loss.  Give them strength for today and hope for tomorrow.  Guide and direct the aid workers who deliver the concern of the whole world to those afflicted.

Be with the people of Baltimore, black and white, rich and poor.  Lord we feel helpless in the face of the problems of race and injustice.  We pray your grace on all those who struggle, give us courage and wisdom to live out your love in these troubled times.

And Lord, we ask you to be with those in this congregation who are struggling with illness of the body or mind.  Let them feel your presence in their lives with the sure knowledge that they are not alone.

We give you thanks for our pastor Walt and our Session as they minister to us in your name.  Help us to support them as we participate together in your kingdom.

We pray all this in the name of Jesus Christ who taught 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.  Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, for thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever.  Amen.