Prayers of the People — August 16, 2015

prayerWith confidence in our Lord’s abounding compassion and generosity, let us pray for the church, the world, and all of creation.

God of compassion, you came to live among us and create a meaningful community. We pray that all our congregations be places of welcome and belonging for those who seek you. Help us to know like the Apostle Peter that there is nowhere else to go, because Jesus alone has the words of eternal life. Give us insight to see realistically “what is”; but make us dreamers and give us vision of all the possibilities for “what can be.” Use us as your instruments to form, inform, reform, and transform those who come to us, so that they might know him as well. Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

God of creativity, you have filled the world with plenty and growing things. Help us find the best ways to participate in the health and wealth of our planet. As you led the people of Israel through the wilderness, so lead your church through the wilderness of this life. Bless Pastor Oman and all in this place to confess unequivocally that we will “serve the Lord, for he is our God.” Give us courage to stand up for our faith in this world that is increasingly becoming hostile to Christians. Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

God of peace, we pray for the nations of the world. Give our leaders the wisdom they need to seek peace and the well-being of all. Give us all the courage to elect and support such leaders. Bless those who are persecuted for the faith, that their witness may soundly confess Christ is Lord to those who oppress them. And help us to make the best use of our time, realizing the days are evil and time is of the essence to proclaim Christ as Lord to the world. Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

God of compassion, we pray for all those in need–both the needs we understand and all those that are beyond our comprehension. Fill us with the deep satisfaction that comes only from you. Heal the sick especially those we name aloud or in our hearts. Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

God of learning and wisdom, we pray for all those who are returning to school: students, teachers, and staff. Infuse them with enjoyment in their learning and take delight in new discoveries. Help them to persevere in their studies and give them the desire to learn all things well. Look upon the teachers. Let them strive to share their knowledge with gentle patience and endeavour always to bring the truth to eager minds. Grant that students and teachers alike may follow Jesus Christ, the way, the truth, and the life. Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Into your hands, O Lord, we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in your mercy; through your Son Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

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