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Prayers of the Faithful for February 17 & 18, 2018

Presider:

On our journey during Lent let us be aware of our needs and the needs of the world. Let us pray for ourselves and for each other.

 

Reader:

For the Church: that we may be led by the Spirit to a fuller living of the Gospel and greater freedom of mind and heart, we pray:

For the grace of humility: that we may not seek to glorify ourselves but rather offer God glory and honor for all the good that is done, we pray:

For grace to resist temptation: that God will open our hearts and eyes to recognize the shortcomings of the attractions and allurements which entice us and give us strength to reject them, we pray:

For true repentance: that we will allow God’s grace to turn our hearts toward God and enable us to put on the mind of Christ in making all our decisions, we pray:

For a renewal of prayer: that God will guide us to quiet places where we can listen to God’s words and respond with sincerity, we pray:

For the families and victims of the recent Florida high school shooting, that we seek an end to violence, find help for those with mental illness, and ensure that all children are safe, we pray:

For the sick and suffering in our community, including Lisa Vos. For all who suffer, we pray:

For those who have died, and for all who mourn their passing, we pray:

 

Presider:

Faithful God, you never abandon those who need you. Help us to recognize your love in our daily lives and follow your holy path. We pray through Jesus Christ, our Lord.

 


Prayers of the Faithful for February 10 & 11, 2018

Presider:

Let us pray with compassionate hearts for all who are in need in the world, in our communities and in our families.

 

Reader:

For the church: that it may be a living sign of Jesus, the compassionate healer, especially for those most ostracized in their suffering, we pray:

For commitment among the world’s nations to resolve crises that contribute to human suffering, injustice, or war, we pray:

For the grace to imitate Christ: that God will help us to love others, speak the truth, and surrender ourselves in service to God and neighbor as did Jesus, we pray:

For those who risk their lives or safety to serve the suffering: in foreign countries, on the battlefield, in dangerous areas, in our own hospitals; for all caretakers, we pray:

For greater compassion: that we may be aware of the outcast and welcome those who feel isolated within our faith community, we pray:

For the sick and suffering in our community, including Lewis Barbe, Debra Adams, Pat Scully, Lisa Vos.  For all who suffer, we pray:

For those who have died, especially, Mary Sebastian, the mother of Peter Sebastian, and Neil Thesing, the son of Doug and Cheryle Thesing. For all who mourn their passing, we pray:

 

Presider:

Compassionate God, we turn to you in time of trouble. Help us with our own needs, and grant us the generosity and courage to reach out to others in need. Hear us, we pray, in the name of your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen


Prayers of the Faithful for February 3 & 4, 2018

Presider:

We often suffer and are in need of healing and consolation. Let us pray for ourselves, our neighbors and all members of the human community, for we are all burdened.

 

Reader:

For the church: that it may be open to its own need for healing and be a worthy instrument of Jesus’ healing power, we pray:

For all nations, that they may come to know God’s liberating love, we pray:

For those who struggle to survive each day, those who are fleeing war, who have no food, or who live on the streets: that in Christ they may find hope and meaning and that through our love, they may receive assistance and support, we pray:

For all in health care ministry: that they may show forth the healing presence of God to all who seek their assistance, we pray:

For a spirit of excitement and dedication: that we may find meaning in our work and a new appreciation of all the people who serve us with their talent and energy, we pray:

For those who are ill:  including, Diane Sparrow, Tyler Christensen, Lisa Vos, Lewis Barbe, Debra Adams,  Pat Scully, and Jerry Kuennen. That the Spirit of Christ may renew the gift of life within them and bring healing to their mind, body, and spirit, we pray:

For those who have died especially Roger Merrimack, the father of Wendy Myslinski; and Beverly Hindes, the mother of Dan Hindes.  For all who have died and for all who mourn their passing, we pray:

 

Presider:

Compassionate God: You call us each by name and bind up our wounds. Listen to the deepest concerns of our hearts and heal all that is broken within or between us. We ask this through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.


Prayers of the Faithful for January 27 & 28, 2018

Presider:

Let us pray that we and the world may be open to hear God’s authoritative voice, however it may come to us.

 

Reader:

For all in the church who wear the heavy mantle of speaking with authority: that their words may be grounded in humility, respect and love, we pray:

For all political, civic and military leaders whose authority can influence the possibility of peace and justice for many people, we pray:

For parents and teachers, coaches, counselors and mentors, and all who are responsible for exercising authority with young people, we pray:

For those burdened by heavy-handed or destructive authority, we pray:

For hearts that are open to hear and act upon the life-giving authority of the Gospel, we pray:

For those who are ill and have asked for our prayers, including, Diane Sparrow, Tyler Christensen, Lisa Vos, Lewis Barbe, Debra Adams, and Pat Scully. May all who suffer be healed by God’s loving touch and by the prayers of this community, we pray:

For those who have died, may they be gathered to the Lord and experience the fullness of light and salvation in Christ, we pray:

 

Presider:

Loving God, grant us the wisdom to discern your word to us in every age and time and circumstance, so that we may be one with you and with one another. We pray in the name of Jesus, your Son, who became your Word on our behalf. Amen.


Prayers of the Faithful for January 20 & 21, 2018

Presider:

With confidence in our God, let us present our prayers with faith and hope.

 

Reader:

For the Church: that we may faithfully announce the Good News by our lives and draw others to Christ through our deeds of love and compassionate words, we pray:

For those who govern the nations:  may they heed the voice of Jesus and find remedies for injustice, we pray:

For the poor and the needy: may they feel God’s loving hand in their lives, through the love of God’s people, we pray:

For greater respect for human life: that God will bring forth a greater appreciation of the gift of human life within all hearts and give wisdom to those who are faced with difficult decisions, we pray:

For the grace of courage: that we may persevere in following Christ day by day and be guided by the awareness that the reign of God is happening now, we pray:

For those who are ill and have asked for our prayers, including, Diane Sparrow and Tyler Christensen. May all who suffer be healed by God’s loving touch and by the prayers of this community, we pray:

For those who have died, especially, Dorothy Konkol, the mother of Jeff Konkol, and Laura Stabell, the daughter of Mary Watts. May they be gathered to the Lord and experience the fullness of light and salvation in Christ, we pray:

 

Presider:

Gracious Lord, listen to the prayers we present you. Change our hearts by the power of your Spirit. We ask this through our Lord, Jesus Christ.


Prayers of the Faithful for January 13 & 14, 2018

Presider:

We entrust the Father with our lives and needs in the same hope as Samuel and the first apostles.

 

Reader:

For the Church: that we may introduce others to Christ and invite them to join us on our journey, we pray:

For leaders throughout the world who are not blind and deaf to the needs of the poor and marginalized, we pray:

For peace: that God will turns hearts from violence and terrorism and heal all who have been wounded, we pray:

For Christian Unity: that God will establish greater understanding and cooperation within the Body of Christ so that all Christians may together announce God’s love and forgiveness, and work together to confront evil and injustice, we pray:

For the grace of recognition: that our hearts may perceive the words, deeds, and experiences that reveal God’s dwelling within us, we pray:

For those who are ill and have asked for our prayers, including, Florence Smid. May all who suffer be healed by God’s loving touch and by the prayers of this community, we pray:

For all who have died and for all who mourn their passing, we pray:

 

Presider:

Faithful God, you know our weaknesses, yet you never tire of calling us to walk at your side. Graciously answer the prayers we make through Christ Jesus our Lord.


Prayers of the Faithful for January 6 & 7, 2018

Presider:

On this great feast of Epiphany that celebrates Jesus’ coming for the whole world, we pray for the many needs both here and across the earth.

 

Reader:

That the light of Christ may bring peace to the heart of every man, woman and child, we pray:

That the radiance of Christ may be faithfully witnessed through the preaching, teachings and actions of the church, we pray:

That the light of Christ may bring consolation to all who are disenfranchised and have no permanent home, and for an end to the strife and persecution that has given rise to the refugee crises, we pray:

That the radiance of Christ brings awareness to all people of the plight of migrants.  May we understand the need for greater protection for all God’s children, we pray:

That the light of Christ shine for all who are searching for God or meaning in life: that the Good News may become real to them and be a light that leads them to wholeness, we pray:

That the radiance of Christ may bring comfort to the sick, including, Florence Smid, we pray:

That those who have died are filled with the light of eternal life, especially, Joanne Courchane, the sister of Fr. Tim Wozniak.  That those in the darkness of grief find hope and comfort in the radiance of Christ, we pray:

 

Presider:

Gracious God, you have shown us that your Son is the Messiah King of all peoples. Help us to live in his light through the challenges of our lives and to reflect his glory to all those who cross our paths. We pray in his name. Amen.


Prayers of the Faithful for December 30 & 31, 2017

Presider:  

Let us pray now for ourselves, our own families, and families across the world.

 

Lector:

For members of the community of the church, the family of God, we pray:

For the people of the world, the family of humanity, we pray:

For families suffering loss, division, or hardship, we pray:

For families separated by distance or military service, we pray:

For those who serve families in crisis, we pray:

For ourselves gathered here, the parish family, we pray:

For those who are ill and have asked for our prayers, including, Florence Smid.  May they be blessed and healed in this coming new year, we pray:

For those who have died, especially, Robin Niemi, the sister in law of Marian and Steve Wilk, and for all our beloved dead and the families that mourn their passing, we pray:

 

 Presider:

Good and gracious God, watch over and protect us and our homes. Strengthen the love which unites families in peace and joy. We pray through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


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