Fourth Sunday after Epiphany

Deutoronomy 18:15-20;Psalm 111; 1 Corinthians 8: 1-13; Mark 1:21-28

9:00 am Prayers of the People by George  Cook

Heavenly Father,

We come to you this morning thankful for the many blessings we enjoy.

We are thankful for this church and the leaders  in it.  We ask that you nurture them and guide them as they lead us in glorifying your name.

We’re thankful for the country we live in and the freedoms we enjoy.  Impart wisdom to our leaders at all levels so they may make decisions for the good of all.

We’re grateful for the economy and the jobs we have Lord.  Let us be mindful of those less fortunate than  us so that  we may give of ourselves as well as our money to help them.

We are thankful for our families and the love we share with them and the support and comfort that comes from our homes.

We know Lord that not all may feel blessed.

We ask for your healing touch for those that are suffering from illness or sickness and ask that you comfort them and the loved ones that care for them.  We are especially sensitive to those of our church family that are  facing these challenges and ask for your healing touch for them.

We pray for those that are facing financial hardships due to a job loss or unforeseen tragedy and ask that you guide them and comfort them through this difficult time.  Help them to find their way back to solid financial footing.

We also ask for your healing touch in those relationships that are dealing with separation and all that are involved so they may find eventual peace and happiness.  Help them seek your guidance in the decisions they make.

We are especially thankful for  sharing the gift of your son and the ultimate sacrifice he made for us.  May we be mindful of his teachings and follow them as we live our lives. Help us to treat others as we would like to be treated.  Let us pray  the prayer he  taught us by 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.  And lead us not into temptation but deliver us  from evil.  For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.”

11:15 am Prayers of the People by Jennifer Mace

Gracious and loving God,
We come to you to pray for those in need.
Specifically, for those who are oppressed by social injustice, for those who are hurting, physically, emotionally and spiritually.  We ask that you place your healing hands upon them so they may experience your peace and comfort.

We pray for our church, local, and national leaders that they may be given wisdom and discernment in their daily work.

God of all blessings, source of all life, giver of all grace, we thank you

  • for the gift of life
  • for the breath that sustains life
  • for the food of this earth that nurtures life
  • for the love of family and friends without which there would be no life

For all these blessings, we give you thanks, eternal, loving God, through Jesus Christ who taught us 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. And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory forever and ever. Amen.”