Marginal Miracles

Posted on 25 Oct 2015, Pastor: Joanna Hipp

Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Job 42:1-6, 10-17; Psalm 34:1-8 (19-22);Hebrews 7:23-28;Mark 10:46-52

Prayers of the People 9 AM Bret Myers

You bring hope to us in the sounds of the greetings of friends
You bring hope to us with the sights and sounds of our children, eager to love and be loved
You bring hope to us with the gentle touch of loved ones
We thank you that on this day the sun has risen.
We thank you that we are your creation, made in your image.
We thank you, Lord, for the gift of prayer, and in the hope of knowing that your promise, your love for us far outweighs our brokenness.

Creator God, we pray for justice and peace throughout your world. Where there are people suffering the ravages of war, where your children are running from their own homeland in a desperate search for safety, we pray for your comfort and protection. Where there are people in our own city in despair, whether because of mental or physical illness, loss, loneliness, lack of opportunities, or a sense of worthlessness, we pray for your tender mercy and your comforting presence.  And in our own congregation at Providence, where there are friends grieving the loss of loved ones, or anxious about illnesses, or experiencing the uncertainty of the loss of a job we humbly ask for your strength.

Guide our church, O God, in our desire to be faithful. Where we struggle, keep us strong.  Where we falter, prop us up.  Pour your spirit on us, Lord, that we might shine the light of your love out to our neighbors.

Lord, we give you thanks for the countless mercies we take for granted: for movement and strength, for our minds and our senses, for a safe place to live, for the beauty of your earth, and for the gift of faith itself.  Help us, O God, to recognize and appreciate these gifts, freely given by you, and to never cease to praise you for the grace they reflect. Hear us now as we pray the prayer that Jesus taught: 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.

Prayers of the People 11:15 AM Anne Wood

Lord , hear our prayers.  We thank you for the abundance of life you give.  Open our eyes that we recognize you when we meet you in our homes and towns, wherever we go. Your Son, the promised Messiah, gave himself so that we are rescued and redeemed from our sins and the sins of this world. We know how blessed we are that you love us so much.

We ask your protection over the people in the path of the hurricane and it’s devastating winds and floods.

We ask for healing and comfort for those who face dire medical situations and are waiting for test results or for treatments to begin.  For those who are sick and lonely, and those who care for them, grant rest and patience and your Holy Spirit to come along side them.

The world is in turbulence and violence in many places on earth.  Give refuge to those who seek it and wisdom to the leaders of nations to find peaceful measures to end conflict.

Help us to know your word and your ways and to follow Jesus , the perfect high priest, 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; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever.  Amen.