Pursuing Love

Posted on 31 Jan 2016, Pastor: Lal Rodawla

4th Sunday after Epiphany

Jeremiah 1:4-10; Psalm 71:1-6; Corinthians 13:1-13; Luke 4:21-30

Prayers of the People and the Lord’s Prayer (Bret Myers)

Almighty God, we thank you and praise you for you have heard our cries for mercy. You are our strength and shield, and we trust you with all our hearts. You sustain us, and our hearts leap up for you. We praise you with our whole bodies. You are the strength of your people. Without you we cannot hope to complete the race and win the prize.

This morning we pray for all humanity that your ways may be known to all and your saving health in all nations.

We pray that your whole church, filled with the Spirit, may be a light everywhere and a shelter and sanctuary for those threatened by trouble and violence. May we be known for our mercy and tender love and care for the hurting and helpless. Keep us in the truth, holding the mystery of the faith in a good conscience, in love which is the bond of peace, and in all godliness of life.

We pray for our national leaders who confess the Christian faith that their integrity may be an example not only to the people but to other leaders who make no such confession. Bless all who lead us that their plans may be well and truly made as in your sight, and executed impartially as under your judgment, that all may know justice and honor be given to your name.

To your healing care we commend all who are distressed in body, mind, or spirit, especially those young or old, known and dear to us, whom we remember before you in our hearts. Comfort, heal, and relive them as they have need, giving them patience in their trials, and in your time a happy end to their troubles.

Dying and rising Savior, send your Comforter to all who are dying that they may commend themselves to the everlasting arms in hope of resurrection to eternal life.

Let your goodness and mercy follow us all our days that we may dwell in your house forever and give eternal praise to you. These things we pray in the name of your Son, Christ Jesus, 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 and the power and the glory, forever.  Amen.