Prayers of the People — June 22, 2014

confess_8904cnpOn this second Sunday after Pentecost and as we welcome the changing of the seasons to summer, may be join together with prayers of thanksgiving for all God grants us daily and offer personal petitions beginning with a moment of silence.

Heavenly Father, you are almighty and powerful, all knowing and loving. From your hands alone are new lives created on earth and in heaven. You teach us in your word that all who are in Christ have no reason to fear anyone or anything. Believing this, help us to set aside our fear of others and boldly share the good news of your saving grace with all who do not know Christ as Lord. Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Heavenly Father, you alone give peace which passes all human understanding. Grant that the leaders throughout the world might know that peace, and lead their countries in such a way that their people experience your peace. Keep all who serve to support this peace including members of the military, police, fire fighters and EMTs in your safe keeping. We especially pray for those serving as missionaries and Christians in danger throughout the world that their steadfast faith will be a shining beacon to us all. Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer

Heavenly Father, open our hearts to the people who are different from us. You sent your Son into this world for the sake of others. Help us to be like-minded as you in that we would think of others first and not get wrapped up in ourselves. May the upcoming VBS be just one way we would faithfully serve others through sensitivity to what their needs are and for your glory. Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer

Heavenly Father, bless the hearts of the sick, the injured, and most especially the dying, to know your presence in the midst of their trouble. Grant them healing, peace of mind and spirit, and a faith that looks to you for life. Especially today we pray for all those who are in need whose names are on our hearts and spoken aloud. May all these people and their families, whatever their needs, feel your presence and comfort. Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Heavenly Father, guide those who walk through the valley of the shadow of death. As you have called your children home in the past weeks, may you also provide comfort to those grieving the loss of their loved ones in their human forms. May their family and friends receive peace of heart and hope as they look towards the promise of resurrection and eternal life through Jesus. Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Heavenly Father, be with all who are traveling on vacation this summer. Keep them safe, and may their time away be one of rest and renewal. And as we go forth from this place, today and in the coming week, may we also experience renewal and confidence in your promises and direction. We lift up our selves and all for whom we pray, trusting in your mercy, through your Son, Jesus Christ; Amen.

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