Prayers of the People — March 21, 2015

Let us join together at God’s throne of grace to intercede for the Church, the world, and all people according to their need.

Put a new and right heart within your Church, O Lord, so that it may always cling in perfect faith to Jesus, and may always strive to do your will. Cleanse it from wrongful teaching that misleads and encourages actions that are not pleasing in your sight. By the power of your Holy Spirit, make the Christian Church worldwide and esp. here at New Beginning’s shine with your Son’s forgiveness, compassion and mercy. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Put a new and faithful heart in your people when they are persecuted for Jesus’ sake. Give them the joy of knowing that they indeed drink with Jesus from his cup. We pray also on behalf of our sister congregations, for your missionaries throughout the world and for all who teach and esp. those that teach our children. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Give all a joyful heart within this congregation. By the power of your Holy Spirit, unite us to Jesus’ death and resurrection and cause us to bear much fruit in his name; and use us to draw others to his cross. May we always be a welcoming church and bless our worship, activities, and all outreach programs. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Put a new and patient heart within all who care for family members with special needs. Give them compassion, strength, and the joy of knowing that what they do for their loved one, they do for you. Put a new and trusting heart into all who cry to you for help granting them strength, comfort, and guidance of your Holy Spirit.

We pray for all who are suffering from illness, uncertainty, injury, or any situation that causes unwelcomed changes in their lives. We claim the promises that assure us that you are always with us and faithful to help and guide us in all circumstances. We thank you for these assurances and intervention in helping us through tough times and situations as well as we thank and praise you for the blessings and healings that you also grant to us. May your will be done.

Put a new and wise heart within the rulers of the nations, so that they may always do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly before you. Give to all of us a desire to help our neighbors. Keep all that serve our country, and community steadfast, granting courage, wisdom, and competence in all they do. Teach us to live together in peace. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We commend into your care all your servants who have departed this life, Put a new and faith-filled heart into each of us, so that with all who have been buried with Christ, we might likewise be raised with him and share the joy of your kingdom with all your saints in light. For those that are grieving, grant peace and comfort.

Into your hands, merciful Father, we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in your mercy; for the sake of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN

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