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Lectionary: Joel 2:23-32; Psalm 65; 2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18; Luke 18:9-14
Prayers of the people (Lal Rodawla)
Heavenly Parent of all parents, receive our prayers for your church and others through Jesus Christ our savior.
Founder of the church, you have built us on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself the cornerstone. Preserve and extend this structure through us like living stones, being built into a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to you through Jesus Christ. Make us your prophets, speaking your word of judgment, and evangelists also proclaiming the Good News of salvation to all people who will hear.
Sovereign God, overrule the conflict of nations. Grant to the United Nations the ability to bring reconciliation between warring factions. Deliver the world from angry racism that ignores our common origins and antagonisms that ignore our common faults. Save our leaders and our country from iniquity and deceit. Build up in us a love of truth and honor, mutual respect and individual freedom.
Lover of children, watch over our offspring, making us mindful that what they see in us is a primary example of what they can be. So may we in turn look to Jesus as our model and teacher, seeking to guide our children into his Way.
Be near, Great Physician, to touch the fevered brow and heal the sick and mend the body broken by accident. Multiply the gifts of healing that we may have enough doctors and nurses and other therapists to meet the need for human health. Remember those whom we forget and all who look to us for our prayers.
We pray these in the mighty and magnificent and awesome name of Jesus our Savior who taught us how 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.