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Liturgy: Acts 7:55-60; Psalm 31:1-5, 15-16; 1 Peter 2:2-10; John 14:1-14
Prayers of the People and the Lord’s Prayer
Mighty God, Creator of all life, to know you is our joy. To be released from the bondage to lesser “gods” is to be free to enjoy you anywhere and anytime. Our hearts exult in your love. Our spirit rejoices in communion with you. Our bodies are restful in the absence of fear when we remember your power over death. You lead us in the path of life.
God of resurrection, hear our prayers…
For the church throughout the world, that all who profess to honor the risen Lord may be faithful in their witness and courageous in their testimony to the way of Jesus.
For the governments of the world and its leaders that the nations may dwell in peace, that good will prevail over strife, and people of faith may freely worship as their hearts direct;
For rain and sun in proper measure, and for abundant food and water for all who dwell upon the earth;
For our neighbors that we may live together in amity, and that strangers among us may find us to be hospitable friends.
God most high, bless all mothers, that their love may be deep and tender, and that they may lead their children to know and do what is good, living not for themselves, but for God and for others.
Be merciful to those in great sadness and laid aside by many sorrows, giving them rest and respite from their troubles. Heal the sick. Raise up the depressed. Give hope to any who are oppressed by wounds of the soul. Send visitors to the lonely and the helpless.
We pray these in the name of your Son, Christ Jesus, who taught us to pray saying…
Our Father who are 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.)