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1 Samuel 17:(1a, 4-11, 19-23) 32-49 and Psalm 9:9-20; or 1 Samuel 17:57-18:5, 10-16 and Psalm 133; 2 Corinthians 6:1-13; Mark 4:35-41
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Prayers of the People and the Lord’s Prayer
Let us join our hearts in prayer: O Lord, from your love nothing can separate us, from the rock of your faithfulness nothing can move us; and yet we live quaking, shrinking lives of fear and worry. This is not what you will for your children, yet it is what we make for ourselves and others when we listen to the whining of the fear-mongers and doomsayers. Open our ears to a different tune. Let us hear your faithful love in the song of creation; let us hear your grace and forgiveness in the words of Christ; let us hear the harmonies of trusted fellowship in the church; and let us hear the music of your saving justice sung over all the earth.
This day, O God, we pray for all those who struggle with the disharmonies of fear in its many forms:
for those facing surgery or illness or pain,
for those who dwell in neighborhoods fraught with violence and full of danger,
for those who live where wars and terrors threaten the day and rule the night,
for those who don’t know what they will eat tonight or where they will sleep,
for children whose homes are not safe or secure,
for those who suffer deep fears of chronic illness and debilitating disorders,
for wanting work and others whose jobs are in jeopardy,
for those facing death with dread…..
O God of might and strength, God of steadfast love and faithfulness, banish our fears, lighten our darkness, send us forth with brave hearts that we may be your strength for those who struggle; your steady hand for those wavering in fear.
All this we ask in the name of the One who has conquered the terrors of death, in whom there is life in your eternal love, Jesus Christ our Lord, 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.