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Deuteronomy 34:1-12; Psalm 90:1-6, 13-17; 1 Thessalonians 2: 1-8; Matthew 22:34-46
Eternal Father, strong to save, we thank thee for all your blessings and mercies:
Those that we earnestly seek,
Those that we take for granted,
Those that we don’t notice.
We pray for your blessings upon all or your children, especially
Those who are sick,
Those who are weary,
Those who are frightened,
Those who are lost.
We pray for your blessings upon our nation and
Upon those who serve her.
Bless those in positions of authority and responsibility.
Help them to remember the responsibility part.
Give them the wisdom to know your will, and the
Strength and courage to do it.
We thank Thee for Christian Hope which we have only through the cruel death and glorious resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ who taught His disciples to pray saying…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, the Power and the Glory, forever. Amen.
Gracious God, thank you for this beautiful fall day, for this time, for this very moment.
Thank you for this church, for the people sitting next to us, or behind us or in front of us.
Thank you for all the people over the years who have sat just where we are sitting now,
for you were their God just as you are our God. You heard their prayers, just as you
hear our prayers.
Again we come to you with the unpleasant task of praying for a world that is struggling,
and despite all our questions and our confusion and our doubt we pray, because we so
want to believe that you hear us, that you know our worry, that you have your eye on the
world, that you are Sovereign.
Our world is full of fears. Fears of disease spreading across borders, fears of terror and
war, fear that we can’t do enough to make things better. Remind us to pray for the
health care workers in the devastated cities in Africa; remind us to pray for our troops,
remind us to pray for all those who are suffering. And through it all, remind us of our
connectedness as human beings and the value of life and health. O God, transform
hearts, ours included, into hearts that beat for justice. Remind us that if we ratchet up
our own ability to love and to show justice in the world, that we will be spreading your
word and loving in the way you taught us to love.
God we have our own personal struggles too. Some of us worry about our health.
Others of us worry about our jobs or our ability to provide for our family. We have
burdens of caring for aging parents or children who need special care. Your children
worry about excelling in school, who to trust and how to navigate the ups and downs of
being a teenager. We often exchange words that can’t be retrieved. O God we need to
trust you to carry our burdens with us, and we need to know that despite our regrets,
you will always show us a way forward.
We pray for our church and it’s leaders, staff and lay leaders alike, that you would
empower us with the vision you want for this particular church, that you would bind all of
us together in Christian community, always with our eye toward those who are hurting,
both inside and outside our walls. Give us joy and grateful hearts that overflow with
praise. And keep us humble, trusting in you.
Lord Jesus, we thank you for loving us, for living in this world with us, for showing us
who God is, for reminding us that the Holy Spirit will always be with us. Hear us now as
we pray again in one voice, saying together, …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, the Power and the Glory, forever. Amen.