Not One Stone

Posted on 15 Nov 2015, Pastor: Walt McCanless

Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time

1 Samuel 1:4-20; 1 Samuel 2:1-10; Hebrews 10:11-14 (15-18) 19-25; Mark 13:1-8

Prayers of the People by Diane Baker

God of Grace and Glory, we come to you this morning so thankful for the privilege to worship here at our beloved Providence.

As we look beyond these grounds — out in the world near and far, we see so many who need your healing touch.  There are the hungry, the lonely, the grief stricken, the troubled, the jobless, the lost, and the fearful….and the list goes on and on.  Please give these people your blessings and guidance and then help each of us to follow your example, to lead and serve where we find need.

And here at Providence, we have members of our church family dealing not only with troubling personal burdens, but also with the loss of loved ones and illnesses. Please let each one feel your strong, comforting presence so that they know they are never alone.

And, finally, we have been given so much.  As we think about and consider that, help us to view our stewardship commitments through that lens.

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.

Prayers of the People by Kay Starnes

Loving God, we gather as your children, brothers and sisters in your house, and you have said that whenever we gather in your name, you will be with us. We thank you for your presence, for your love for us, and for your continuous blessings.

You know the burdens of our hearts, Lord. We ask healing for those who suffer disease and injury, solace for all who are anxious and grieving, guidance for those seek direction, and wisdom for decision makers in every level of our society.

Increase our awareness that WE are your hands and feet and have responsibility to help wherever we see need in our community and abroad. Write anew your laws in our hearts and minds.

We pray for everyone in leadership positions throughout the world that they may guide us in the paths of peace.

Grant that we become better stewards of the earth and thus honor your creation.

Help us see our unity with each other and with you. And hear us as we pray together the prayer you taught us… 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.