Prayers of the People – Week of October 16th

Prayers of the People
October 16, 2016

Moses kept his hands raised in prayer for all of God’s people. We also bring the needs of our brothers and sisters before our Father’s throne today. We pray for others, and we are strengthened by those who pray for us. Let us join together during this time of prayer adding our voices to the unceasing praise of all creation.

Gracious Father, we thank you for St. Luke, your faithful evangelist; and for the treasure of his Gospel and account of the Acts of the Apostles. Grant that your Church may proclaim and live, with faithfulness and joy, the message of salvation you entrusted to Luke. And grant that, because of the Church’s witness to you, many hearts may turn to your well-beloved Son and receive eternal life. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Loving Father, we thank you for this place, where we may worship you fully and freely; learning, sharing, and doing your word in Christian community. Help us ever appreciate that freedom, and not allow the ease of access to take you for granted, nor forget to praise your name. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Gracious Father, help us to love and forgive one another as you love and forgive us. In those instances, where that is most difficult for us, remind us that you love those who need our forgiveness the same as you love us and as those who forgive us. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Loving Father, bless our leadership in church, community and world. May all those who serve as leaders or are candidates for public office acknowledge that the source of all law and authority is in God alone. Give them wisdom, strength, and perseverance to do what is pleasing in your sight and in accordance with your will. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Gracious Father, we recognize that it is from You alone that we receive our protection and security. We pray for all in need of our prayers and help in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew. Surround these people be surrounded by God’s grace and we pray that the more fortunate will be moved to assist them in their disparate plight.

Loving Father, remember all whom it is so easy to forget: the poor and sick; the homeless and handicapped; the prisoners and strangers; the lonely and the helpless. Give to them the joy of your salvation; and help all of us to give them friendship, encouragement, and whatever assistance we are able. We lift up those on our prayers list, named upon our hearts and those unknown. Guide us to use our gifts as your hands bring your healing. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Gracious Father, thank you for our loved ones who have died and are asleep in your arms. Until we are reunited with them and with all whom you have redeemed, keep us steadfast in faith, persistent in prayer, and attentive to your true and holy Word. And, whether we walk this earth when your Son returns in glory, or whether we have died awaiting the fulfillment of your promised mercy, grant that we may enter into your presence in the company of all the saints, and forever worship, praise, bless and adore you for the love you have shown us through Christ Jesus our Savior. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Loving Father, we thank you for the power of prayer, which is simply the power of your love. Give us the joy of knowing that love all the days of our lives. Amen

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