Word, Life and Light

Posted on 03 Jan 2016, Pastor: Walt McCanless

2nd Sunday after Christmas Day

Jeremiah 31:7-14; Psalm 147:12-20; Ephesians 1:3-14; John 1: (1-9) 10-18

Prayers of the People and the Lord’s Prayer (Joanna Hipp)

Loving God,

We come to you with open hearts, anxious minds, and a longing to do your will and follow your ways. We pray for our world. For places where there is war or famine. Guide our leaders and give them wisdom to find the answers to end wars and feed all who hunger.

Compassionate God,

Help us, your people, to do your will. To aid this world, your gift, a place that welcomes the least of these, to feed the hungry, and to love those who feel alone.

We pray for our community, the places where we work, the people we know and those who remain unknown to us. May we be united as one, as brothers and as sisters, bound by your love. Give us our daily bread, and lead us to those in need, that we may share our gifts given by you.

Guardian of our lives,

We pray for the sick, the lonely, the sad, the hurting. Bless those who come to them with help, with words to bring peace to their troubled thoughts and hearts.

We come to you, God of Hope, that we recognize that not even death separates us from you. That we may walk in your light, and in your faith.

We pray for our church that its doors may always be open and welcoming not only to its members, but those who search for knowledge and peace that comes from you, the Alpha and the Omega.

Creator God, we give this day, this week, and this new year in to your hands. May your will be done, through us, may your glorious light shine through us, so that we may guide each other, to your ways and your peace. Give us grace to do your work, as we say together the prayer Christ taught us to pray by saying…

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.