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Lectionary: Exodus 14:19-31; Psalm 114 or Exodus 15:1b-11, 20-21; Romans 14:1-12; Matthew 18:21-35
Prayers of the People by Anne Wood
Lord, your promise to always be with us, to bless us , to bless the world through us is a promise we hold on to. We thank you for these promises and for the opportunities you put in our path to glorify you and to aid those who are suffering.
We ask your protection for those who lost their homes and livelihoods and worst, even loved ones in the recent storms. You show us myriad ways we can help with money, necessary items and prayers. Thank you for the first responders and the people who come in to restore utilities at their own peril. You call on your people every where we look to serve you.
The might of the winds and water remind us that we are not in control of this planet but that it is our home to care for and live in harmony with it. When we protect and thoughtfully care for the earth, we bring honor to you.
Lord, there are evacuees and refugees all over the world. Some are fleeing the ravages of floods and fires. Thousands are trying to escape war and persecution for their beliefs or ethnicity. We ask that you protect them and give them asylum where the can live and not be afraid. Put your hand on the hearts and minds of those who would do harm and allow your mercy to be upon the victims of their wrath.
For those who grieve the loss of a parent , a spouse , a child, a friend, Lord, send your army of angels of compassion to comfort them through the sad days and nights. Heal the spirits of those who are depressed, who worry , who are anxious, who are sick in body. Thank you for the caregivers and give them patience and strength to do what is needed to make well those who are ill.
Lord we belong to you. You welcome all of humanity into your inclusive love. Open our hearts to include those who are not like us. We too are the Other to them. Help us to see the strangers in our midst as our brothers and sisters in grace as we pray the prayer that the your son Jesus taught us :
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 temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever. Amen.