Prayers of the People — March 6

door_13415acOh God, we your children come to you with prayers for your church throughout the world and esp. for your church here at New Beginnings. Keep us all in your loving care and give wisdom and faith to do what is pleasing to you.

Heavenly Father, adorn your Church with holiness and charity, so that through its words and actions many may return to the truth of scripture. Many seek to change the meaning of your word to suit what is convenient and popular for the times. May those that are so misled, return to a right mind, seek your gracious mercy, and receive your forgiveness, welcome, and reconciling love. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Holy Lord, be the strength and might of your suffering Church and all those that are being persecuted for their faith. May faithful witness, bring your ministry of reconciliation to its tormentors, and to all who are estranged from you. May all know that you are God and Father of us all being slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. May your glorious name be known throughout the world, to the joy and salvation of all. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Righteous Lord, instruct the leaders of the nations in your Word. Give them teachable hearts and willing spirits, so that their decisions and deeds conform to your will; and bring safety, justice, health and peace to the people entrusted to their care. In these times when elections of our future leaders is very prominent in our nation, give us wisdom to make wise choices. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Heavenly Father, deliver your people from the mighty waters of affliction. Grant healing, comfort, instruction, and forgiveness, as any have need. Restore them to joyful communion with all who love them; and surround them with your steadfast love. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Help us to stay close to Jesus, our Savior and our Brother; protect us from our own folly and from the dangers and evils of this mortal life; and draw us, with all whom you claim as your dear children, into your loving embrace, and when our time on earth is done, into your eternal home. In your son’s name we pray. Amen

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