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Luke 19:28-40; Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29; Isaiah 50: 4-9a; Psalm 31:9-16; Philipians 2:5-11; Luke 22:14-23; 56 or Luke 23:1-49
Please click here to hear Belle Downing sing Multiplied. She was accompanied in worship by her sister, Juliette, who signed as Belle sang.
Lord, you have made this world beautiful. We rejoice in your gift of our earth and this church and especially in your steadfast love of us, your people. Guide us in responding when we are needed to do your work. Inspire us in ways to honor your holy kingdom and its people created by you.
Many are in distress because of illnesses and surgeries, effects of medicine and not the right kind of medical treatments. We pray for those who work hospitals and in research to provide answers and healing works to alleviate those who are suffering. For caregivers who are weary and feel afraid, give peace and comfort and relief so that they may be helpful and provide the best for their patients and loved ones.
For people who are grieving a great loss, console them with your Holy Spirit and help us to give them comfort in caring and remembering.
Lord, our world is full of turmoil and strife. We are praying for and end to fighting and hatred, giving over to mutual tolerance and, eventually, understanding and acceptance. We pray for the leaders of the whole world to give up aspirations of power and look to you as the true ruler of us all. We look to Jesus who endured denial, betrayal, ridicule and crucifixion to suffer for our sins and yet overcame all with the greatest love in his life and resurrection. We want to show that love in all we do and know we need your Holy Spirit to give us courage to be that love. Amen.
Thank you for allowing us to gather at Providence once more as your people and offer our prayers and our thanks to you. Help us to complete our preparations for Holy Week, and to meditate on all that it means. Be with our pastors and staff at this busy time. Be with our political leaders at all levels and give them civility in their speech and wisdom in their decisions. Watch over those that keep us safe, both here at home and overseas.
Be with each of us today whose heart is troubled. Let us feel your love and support and help us channel that through our prayers to others who are in need. We lift up to you each person on the prayer list in the bulletin, and each person on our personal prayer list. Watch over us and bring us and ours safe home each night during the coming week.
As we end Lent and look towards Easter, we pray that you will be in our hearts and shape our thoughts and actions this coming week. Thank you for another day, another week, another Easter, and all the joy that comes to us as we run the course you have set for us.
These things we ask in the name of Jesus who 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; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever. Amen.