Prayers of the People for Week of Feb. 5

Let us pray for the Church, the world, and all people according to their needs beginning with a moment to center our minds and lift up our personal petitions.

Dear God, in the quiet of our prayers and in the comfort of Your love, we come for help. We come for wholeness; we come for forgiveness. We praise you this day for the incredible teachings of your Son Jesus. Through him you have revealed the power of your Word. Grant us faith to respond to the authority of his teachings so that we serve as disciples sharing the power of his teachings to those around us whether at home, work, with friends or strangers. Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer

Dear God, we thank you for giving us your Commandments as instruction for our relationship with you and your creation. We praise you for your Son, Jesus Christ, who reconciles us with you when we fall short of those Commandments. Help us see and do what you would have us do. Guide us to love our neighbors and especially those who we find difficult to love. Heal any wounds we have caused in our families, at our work places, and in our communities. Teach us how to welcome those we do not know or understand, so that we may share the love that you pour out upon us. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Dear God, we pray for the leaders of the nations of the world. Lead them to work towards peace and unity with mutual respect and the common good of all nations. We pray for our persecuted sisters and brothers throughout the world. Give us the courage to defend and assist them however we can. Give them the courage to radiate the light of Christ in word and deed, so that by their witness, many who torment them may repent and believe the Good News. And we lift prayers for the men and women that have answered the calls of service keeping them away from time with family and friends. Watch over all those in military service, health care, public safety and rescue. Lord, in your mercy, Hear our Prayer

Dear God, thank you for New Beginnings Lutheran Church and its members. Bless the work of Pastor Oman and this congregation and all who serve. May we each find our own way to serve you with the gifts you have given each followers of your Word. May this church family offer a welcoming place to all who enter in these doors. Bless the efforts of the North American Lutheran Church as it seeks to establish new congregations and school of theology. May Your truth and love be taught and lived by all of us. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Dear God, Shine the light of your merciful care upon those who, in any way, are assaulted by the challenges of mind, body and soul. We especially lift before you the needs of the known and unknown including all those on our prayer list including Bonita Amenda , mother of Samson High; Lee & Linda Fancher; Eva Collins and each of those names spoken in our hearts and minds this day. Heal and restore them; give them faith in your goodness, and hope for their future, which is held safely in your sheltering arms. Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Gracious Father, even as we grieve for our loved ones who have died – including Karen Crowdsen and Elaine Berghefer. We rejoice that your love is stronger than death, and your mercy is greater than their sin. Keep us in communion with them now through faith in your beloved Son. And when you choose, bring us into the bliss of eternal union with our loved ones; and with all the people whom you have chosen, called, made your own, and redeemed; and with you, our Light and our Life. Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Dear God, in our imperfection we hurt one another. Sometimes we think that our prayers are not heard, and our efforts are without fruit. Give us assurance that whether your answer to our prayers, is “yes,” “no,” or “wait,” that it will be part of your plan for us and our faith in you will bear the fruit you intend. Into your hands, we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in your mercy, through Jesus Christ, your Son. Amen.

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