The King

Posted on 22 Nov 2015, Pastor: Walt McCanless

Christ the King Sunday

2 Samuel 23:1-7; Psalm 132:1-12 (13-18); Revelation 1:4b-8; John 18:33-37

Prayers of the People by Grace McBride at 9:00 am

Loving Father, we thank you for the opportunity of being in your house. We thank you for this day and the remaining days of all our lives here today. As we appreciate the beauty of your creation, our prayers are for all those having lost so much by water, fire, wind , as well as families  losing loved ones so unnecessarily. The consolation we have with all these things, Oh Lord, is you are still with your children and there is hope for the better. As there is much facing  our nation, we beg you to continue watching over our leaders here as well as those in authority all over the world.

We pray for our church,  Heavenly Father, that it will continue to be the teaching church in our community. For the ministers, teachers, officers , our hope is for strength and will to perform their Christian duties as well as our entire congregation. Please keep all of us under your great big and wide umbrella of love.

As we observe Thanksgiving this week, Oh Lord, may we let history be a remembrance in our minds.  We have so much to be thankful for. We have come a long way since this time. We have been blessed far beyond our minds can take it in and in our meager  way, Heavenly Father, we again say thank you and most of all for our savior Jesus Christ who gave his all for us and 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 Paulette Purgason at 11:15 am

Lord, in your mercy: hear our prayer.

Almighty God, in Christ you taught us to pray, and promised that we would receive all that we ask in his name. Hear now the prayers of this Providence congregation

We pray for the church universal that it will continue to grow and serve in flexibility and openness for all for the people of Providence, its mission and ministry

We pray for encouraging volunteering for appreciation for service of these giving people, time after time, they open their hearts and their pockets when a cry of need is heard they give through our deacon’s fund, to the sheltering of those who find themselves without shelter, without jobs, without family, broken, seriously sick, frightened without a feeling of acceptance or forgiveness

We pray for the healing of the earth  —help us to learn to lessen our personal footprint of the earth’s resources to seek ways to replant the earth,  to refresh its waters, to clean its roadways, to simply pick up trash and plastic to teach our little ones the importance of earth’s protection

We earnestly pray for peace and justice in the world …we live in explosive times.

We pray to open our boundaries and allow the world refugees to know that the words “give us your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to be free…” are indeed meaningful.

We pray that our governing leaders minimize the administrative bureaucracy in  establishing shelter venues and speed up the timeline for delivering service to global homeless and threatened people, all the while protecting us

We pray for nations and leaders.  They’ve been called to complicated service, with many benefits.

We pray for leaders’ flexibility, listening to each other, their respect for the office in which they are elected to serve

We pray for our local community … and its awareness that justice is for all and equally so

We pray  for the poor and oppressed … let us not forget that our own blessings could disappear and that our blessings will grow as we serve those who have the least

We pray for the bereaved and lonely … and that  we challenge each other to remember those who hurt by making a simple phone call, sending a card, giving an invitation to our homes

We pray for all who need healing …we often cant find the right words and remain quiet, but we pray

Show us the way to remember the healing touch of a hand on a shoulder, a smile with the eyes involved, will sustain our prayers

We pray many people we know and love are no longer with us and are with you.  We thank you for their lives and their inspiration and guidance while they remained with us.

We praise You,

You have given us a Gentle Shepherd in Walt McCanless.  We thank you for his 20 years of faithful service to this congregation.  We smile knowing he is joined by two special Gentle Shepherds in Lal and Joanna who will lighten his ministry as well as grow Providence within and for our community.

Guide us, O God, by your Holy Spirit, that our prayers and our lives may serve your will and show your love by our actions and our words through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.