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17th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 2 Samuel 11:1-15; Psalm 14; Ephesians 3:14-21; John 6:1-21
Prayers of the People by Lynette Sisson
God of life and light, we come to you with gratitude and joy. We are continually reminded of the beauty around us and your willingness to walk beside us.
We ask you to be with us and surround us with your presence in the week to come.
Our lives, and the world we live in, overwhelm us at times and we are afraid. We see the turmoil in wars, the displacement of people, the changing political tides and increased divisiveness around us. Help us to overcome our fears and show us your presence.
We witness the marginalization of your people, sometimes from poverty, nationality, skin color, age, religious beliefs or disablement. We see this in our neighborhoods, our country and around the globe and we know we are sometimes the cause of this marginalization. Please help us overcome selfishness and hatred and show us your presence.
We experience brokenness and pain in our community, in our congregation and in our families. We experience loss, illness, separation from friends and loved ones- the kind of discord that pulls us away from you. Calm these turbulent waters and show us your presence.
Help us, as your people, to value each and every person as equal. Help us to see the path that you would have us take as a church. Please, let your holy presence guide our thoughts and actions; guide the priorities we value as a church body and guide the lives we live away from our church family.
In your presence we can find calmness. In your presence we find solace when we are in need. In your presence we find a love that is true, steadfast and unshakeable and that love carries us through any challenges we face. Help us to love you- the way we are loved by you. Take this congregation and use us in ways that honor and serve you.