“Sought and Found”

Posted on 11 Sep 2016, Pastor: Walt McCanless

Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jeremiah 4:11-12, 22-28; Psalm 14; 1 Timothy 1:12-17; Luke 15:1-10

Please click here to hear the Sanctuary Choir singing “Sing for Joy”

Prayers of the People      (adapted from a prayer by Katelyn Gordon)

Spirit of Life,

In the beginning you hovered over the chaotic waters;

Still you brood over this chaotic world.

And even within us you groan with sighs too deep for words….

Yet it is words we utter, and these words we pray:

we pray for your children, all your children, especially where there is war, terror, and the atrocities that go with it.  We pray for children separated from those who love them, lost, alone.  We pray for your children of all ages who are scared, running, seeking a home.

We remember and pray for those who lost loved ones in the 9/11 blasts 15 years ago.  Buildings can be rebuilt, memorials can be erected, but the holes left in heart and soul are not so easily filled.  We pray as the hymn says,  “From all that terror teaches….. deliver us O Lord.”

We pray for neighbors, family and friends who are troubled in mind, body or spirit:

  • for those who face hard illness
  • for those haunted by worry and fears
  • for those who know not whom to trust
  • for those struggling to make ends meet

In the silence of this room we lift up their names into the light of your love. Search them out, O Lord, bring them home.

Holy God of love, we thank you for each sign of your presence,

  • for laughter of children,
  • for the dance of sunlight on rippling waters
  • for healing in our bodies and comfort for our souls…

You are present in each of life’s graces.

Holy God of truth and power, move us out to the world in need,

Let not fears overwhelm us, nor complacency blind us, but let the mercy we have received overflow to all.

Patient and persistent God let your grace and mercy pour forth from our lives that we might honor your name in the world, for we pray in the name of Jesus who came to seek and save what was lost so that it and we might be found.  We pray together in Christ’s name, 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.