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Prayers of the Faithful for May 18 & 19, 2019

Presider:

Jesus commands us to love as he has been loved. Let us pray to be faithful to this command.

 

Lector: 

That God will guide the church in examining how we have failed one another and lead us to new steps of living and speaking the truth, we pray:

That God will free us from old attachments and help us follow the movement of the Spirit into new relationships and new forms of service to better serve God today, we pray:

That those who strive to manifest a New Heavens and a New Earth, particularly those who fight poverty, hunger, homelessness or who work to assist the elderly and the homebound: will reflect God’s light and love through their service and be a sign of hope to all, we pray:

That God will guide us in deepening our relationships, encouraging one another along life’s journey, and caring for one another as we face hardships, we pray:

That each of us grow in faithful discipleship by encountering more fully the risen Christ in our daily living, we pray:

That those who are ill and have asked for our prayers, including Andrew Joseph Ebert, Susan Swanton, Mary Jane Franzen, may feel Christ’s healing touch, we pray:

That all who mourn the death of a loved one, especially, George Ocel, the brother of Sam Ocel; may find comfort in the joy of Jesus’ resurrection, we pray:

 

Presider:

Loving God, you always hear our prayers and grant our needs. Help us to take up your son’s command to love so that our world might reflect more fully your glory. We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


Prayers of the Faithful for May 11 & 12, 2019

Presider:

Let us pray now for ourselves and for all who are in need of shepherding.

 

Lector: 

For the Church, that we may hear the voice of Christ and follow Jesus to fuller life and loving service, we pray:

For those who are perishing through sickness, depression, or hopelessness, may they be strengthened by the care and nearness of the Good Shepherd, we pray:

For the grace of discernment, that we may recognize the voice of the Lord in our lives and distinguish it from the many other sounds which demand our time and attention, we pray:

For the children receiving First Communion this week: that they may grow in their faith and their awareness of God’s love for them, we pray:

For all Mothers and for those who have shown us a mother’s love: that God will bless them with health, happiness, and peace of heart, we pray:

For those who are ill and have asked for our prayers, including Susan Swanton, and Mary Jane Franzen. May they feel the Good Shepherd’s healing touch, we pray:

For all who mourn the death of a loved one, may they find comfort in the joy of Jesus’ resurrection, we pray:

 

 

Presider:

Loving God, you shepherd your people with unfailing care. Hear our prayers that one day we might enjoy eternal life with you. We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


Prayers of the Faithful for May 4 & 5, 2019

Presider:

Confident that God provides for all our needs, we lift up our prayers to the Lord.

  

Lector:

For the Church: that empowered by the Holy Spirit, we may give convincing witness to the freeing and healing power of the Risen Christ, we pray:

For greater discipleship: that we may not be limited by past failures but rather be attentive to the new invitations from God to serve more fully today, we pray:

For the children receiving First Communion this week: that they may grow in their faith and their awareness of God’s love for them, we pray:

For our families: that mealtimes spent together may be times of nourishment, healing, reconciliation, and encouragement of one another, we pray:

For a spirit of openness and acceptance: that we may welcome the stranger and immigrant into our communities, and help them to build a new life, we pray:

For those who are ill and have asked us to pray for them including: Susan Swanton, Donna Chur,  Andy LaMott, Tom Diger, and Andrew Joseph Ebert. For comfort and healing for all who are ill, we pray:

 For those who have died, especially Gerald Dashow, the husband of Catherine Dashow; Cathy Capasso; and LaVona Schmidt, the mother of Sheila DeVoss. Comfort all who mourn the passing of a loved one, we pray:

 

 

Presider:

Gracious God, you sustain us in life and provide us with everything we need. Help us to trust in your loving care. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.


Prayers of the Faithful for April 27 & 28, 2019

Presider:

We have not seen but still believe. With confident faith, we bring our concerns before God.

 

Lector: 

That unbelievers find in the church a living sign of Christ’s love, we pray:

That the Holy Spirit will inspire leaders of nations, and guide their efforts to find peaceful and lasting resolutions to the challenges of today, we pray:

That the witness of the scriptures will lead all who are questioning their faith to new and deeper understanding of God’s presence and action in their lives, we pray:

That God will heal our wounds of body, mind, and spirit, and enable us to become instruments of healing and hope for others who are wounded today, we pray:

That as parishioners of Risen Savior, we may see ways to share our time, energy, and resources to relieve the suffering and burdens of others, we pray:

That those who are ill feel Jesus’ healing touch in the loving hands of their caregivers, including,  Tom Diger, Donna Chur, and Susan Swanton, we pray:

That all who mourn the death of a loved one find comfort in the joy of Jesus’ resurrection, and that those killed by the bombings in Sri Lanka on Easter may see the face of the living God and rest in eternal peace we pray:

 

Presider:

Generous God, plant your precious gift of faith ever deeper in our hearts. All that we ask, we ask in the name of Jesus, our Risen Lord.


Prayers of the Faithful for April 20 & 21, 2019

Presider:

On this most holy day, we are made a new creation in the image of the Risen Christ. Let us pray that the joy and hope of Easter may be shared by all the earth.

 

Lector:

That the church proclaim the good news of the resurrection throughout all lands, we pray:

That world leaders tirelessly work for peace and justice to help bring an end to terror and violence in the world, we pray:

That we work to protect all life, from beginning to end, we pray:

That the newly baptized and those newly received into the Church continue their lifelong journey into the paschal mystery, we pray:

That we carry Christ’s message of love and hope to others through our parish ministries and in our daily lives, we pray:

That those who are ill and have asked for our prayers, find healing, including: Tom Diger and Donna Chur, we pray:

That all who mourn the death of a loved one find comfort in the joy of Jesus’ resurrection, we pray:

 

Presider:

Glorious God, you raised up your Son from the dead. Raise us up and hear our prayer that we may praise your glory today and always. We pray though Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN.


Prayers of the Faithful for April 13 & 14, 2019

Presider:

My brothers and sisters in Christ, as we enter this Holy Week, let us pray for our world and ourselves, asking God for what we need to make a holy difference.

 

Lector:

For a holy week of peace in those places where there is violence, we pray:

For a holy week of unity among all Christians, we pray:

For a holy week for those without homes, without jobs, without a means to provide for their loved ones, we pray:

For those who will receive the sacraments of initiation at Easter and be received into the church, and for this community as we enter these holy days together, we pray:

For a holy week for those who are ill and have asked for our prayers especially Cheri Ventrucci and Jim Fitzpatrick. May all who suffer be encouraged by Jesus, who conquered suffering and death, we pray:

For those who have died especially, Annemarie Grether. For those who are dying, and for those who are grieving the passing of a loved one, we pray:

 


Prayers of the Faithful for April 6 & 7, 2019

Presider:

Aware of God’s mercy and forgiveness, let us pray with confidence to our loving Father.

Lector:

For the whole church that is in need of forgiveness and mercy, we pray:

For each of us gathered here in faith, may we share with others the mercy and compassion with which God has blessed us, we pray:

For all who have been injured or betrayed: that we may let go of resentments, be freed of judgments and attend to what God is asking of us today, we pray:

For conversion of heart: that we may give up rationalizing our sinfulness and instead accept God’s generous offer of mercy, we pray:

For a spirit of openness: that we may recognize and cooperate with the new things that God is doing in our hearts and in our world, we pray:

For those who are ill and have asked for our prayers, including, Sue McSherry, Cheri Ventrucci, and Jim Fitzpatrick. May they be healed and comforted by God’s love; we pray:

For those who have died, especially, Ellen Casey; may they know the joy of the resurrection, we pray:

  

Presider:

Merciful God, we know that we are all sinners. Help us to be compassionate toward one another and to remember that you are always ready to offer us forgiveness and new life. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.



Prayers of the Faithful for March 30 & 31, 2019

Presider:

Aware of God’s mercy and forgiveness, let us pray with confidence to our loving Father.

Lector:

That we may, like the Prodigal Son, experience the limitless forgiveness of God; we pray:

That we, along with those preparing to receive the Easter sacraments, may open our hearts to God and acknowledge Christ as the source of reconciliation; we pray:

That those who are homeless, jobless, impoverished be welcomed by those around them, we pray:

That, filled with the Holy Spirit, we may never fail to be ambassadors for Christ; we pray:

That each of us be agents of reconciliation in our families, among our friends, and in our places of work, we pray:

That those who are ill and have asked for our prayers, including Sue McSherry, Cheri Ventrucci, Jim Fitzpatrick, and Ted Myslinski, Sr., be healed and comforted by God’s love and by the caring actions of their neighbors; we pray:

That those who have died, especially, John Gieske, the father of Gail Goplen, know the joy of the resurrection, we pray:

 

Presider:

Merciful God, you forgive sinners who repent and welcome them back to your loving embrace. Hear these prayers that we might one day be with you forever at your everlasting feast. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.



Prayers of the Faithful for March 23 & 24, 2019

Presider:

We now bring our needs and the needs of the whole world to God who is kind and merciful.

Lector:

For the Church: that we may rely upon God’s love for us when we experience trials and adversity, we pray:

For a deeper awareness: that we may recognize and be attentive to God’s presence with us each day in every aspect of our lives, we pray:

For the poor, and for those who are persecuted because of their faith, we pray:

For those preparing for the Easter sacraments and the life changes they bring, we pray:

For all God’s people on this Lenten pilgrimage, especially our community of Risen Savior: may we be renewed in wisdom. charity, faith, and hope; and so, like the fig tree, bear great fruit; we pray:

For those who are ill and have asked for our prayers, including Stacy Crawford and John Gieske . May all who suffer be healed by God’s loving care, we pray:

For those who have died; may they and all who have gone to their rest know the joy of the resurrection, we pray:

 

Presider:

Just and merciful God, you know and love us as the imperfect people we are. Grant us awareness, humility, and gratitude as we ponder our sinfulness and your constant call to repentance. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.



Prayers of the Faithful for March 16 & 17, 2019

Presider:

We who seek a deeper relationship with Jesus pray now for all of our needs and the needs of the world.

Lector:

For the Church: that we may listen deeply to God’s beloved Son so that our lives may manifest God’s glory, we pray:

For a deepening of hope: that in the midst of negative and doubting messages from our society, we may grow in trusting that God will never give up on us, we pray:

For a deeper awareness of life’s goal: that we may allow God to change and transform us day by day so that we may come to the fullness of life with God in eternity, we pray:

For our brothers and sisters in Gris Gris: that we may be filled with care and compassion  and respond with generous hearts, open hands, and a renewed sense of solidarity with all the families and children, we pray:

For all who are on a journey, whether physical or spiritual: that they may know God’s presence each step along the way and rely upon God’s light and truth to guide their steps, we pray:

For the sick and suffering in our community, including Stacy Crawford and John Gieske; for all who suffer, we pray:

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

 

Presider:

Loving God, your divine Son shines with the radiance of your glory. Hear our prayers that one day we might share fully in that same glory. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.


Prayers of the Faithful for March 9 & 10, 2019

Presider:

In this season of renewal and repentance, let us pray for ourselves and for all who are in need throughout the world.

 

Reader:

For the Church: that we may be faithful to our identity as children of God and remain single-minded in seeking to do God’s will, we pray:

For all who hunger each day, particularly children: that our hearts may be open to sharing our bounty with all who are in need during this Lenten season, we pray:

For the grace to face temptations: that the Spirit of God will lead us to freedom and wholeness as we face trials and temptations in life, we pray:

For all who are estranged from the church: that the Spirit will heal their wounds, give them a new understanding and help them find a welcoming community to support them on their faith journey, we pray:

For this community of faith: that through our Lenten journey we may renew our baptismal covenant and become more faithful Christians in word and deed, we pray:

For the sick and suffering in our community, including Mary Matthis, Mary Jane Franzen, Stacy Crawford, and John Gieske. For all who suffer, we pray:

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

 

 

Presider:

Merciful God, you were with Jesus in his times of temptation and trouble. Be with us when we struggle with the faith commitment made when we were baptized. Help us to remember that you are also our refuge, our fortress and our sustainer. We pray in the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.



Prayers of the Faithful for March 2 & 3, 2019

Presider:

Heeding Jesus’ call to repentance, we humbly voice our petitions, trusting in God’s never ending mercy.

 

Lector:

For the Church: that all may bear good fruit for the glory of God, we pray:

For elected leaders: for truthful dialogue among all representatives of political parties and, for the enactment of just laws that protect the least among us, for transparency in government, we pray:

For the grace to be single-hearted: that God will cleanse us of hypocrisy and help us to live fully what we profess, we pray:

For a re-centering of our lives during the coming Lenten season: that God’s grace will guide us to love God more fully and to love our neighbors as we do ourselves, we pray:

For refugees and displaced persons: that God will protect them from harm and mistreatment, guide them to places of safety, and help them find acceptance in new communities, we pray:

For all who are ill, including, Madelyn Kozitza, Mary Matthis, and Mary Jane Franzen. May God lift their burden and fill their hearts with peace, we pray:

For all who have died, especially, Esteban Garcia, the uncle of Liz Arellano; and Pauline Krenik, the mother of Fr. Tom Krenik, May they share fully in the new life of Christ and live with God forever, we pray:

 

Presider:

Gracious God, all that we have is a gift from you. May we tend and cultivate these gifts so they might bear fruit for the glory of your name. We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.


Prayers of the Faithful for February 23 & 24, 2019

Presider:

Confident in God’s mercy and compassion, let us present our needs to the Lord.

 

Lector:

For the Church: that we may be instruments of God’s mercy and kindness by sharing what we have received with others who are hurting, we pray:

For all bishops and religious leaders: that God will give them wisdom and courage to address the issues of abuse and complacency in the church, we pray:

For all who have been our enemies, whether politically, economically, or personally: that we may let go of hurts and grudges and seek a new understanding of them, we pray:

For the insight to recognize those in need as our sisters and brothers and the courage to respond to them as friends, we pray:

For conversion of our hearts: that God will free us from returning evil for evil and help us confront evil with love and mercy, we pray:

For all who are ill, including, Tom Diger, Cheri Henderson, Terri Ennett, Madelyn Kozitza, Mary Matthis, and Mary Jane Franzen. May God lift their burden and fill their hearts with peace, we pray:

For all who have died, especially, Patricia Rohde, the mother of Michele Engstrom. May they share fully in the new life of Christ and live with God forever, we pray:

 

Presider:

Gracious God, you call us to emulate your way of love. Grant our prayers that we may trust in your grace as we travel this holy way. We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.

        


Prayers of the Faithful for February 16 & 17, 2019

Presider:

Let us pray now for our own needs and the needs of the whole world.

 

Lector:

For the Church: that the power of Christ’s resurrection may give us vision and perspective for our lives and the courage to live for God each day, we pray:

 For Pope Francis and all the bishops who are gathering in Rome this week: that the Spirit will inspire them to boldly act to cleanse the church of abusive behavior and be instruments of healing for all who are suffering, we pray:

For a growth in faith: that we may deepen our trusting reliance upon God who provides all that we need for life and wholeness, we pray:

For discernment: that we may see beyond the false answers of consumerism and prosperity, and recognize the true fulfillment of our hungers and desires that can be found only in God, we pray:

For all who are filled with sorrow: that those who have lost loved ones, their health or their employment may know the presence of God who wipes away all tears and who brings light into every darkness, we pray:

For all who are ill, including, Tom Diger, Cheri Henderson, and Terri Ennett. May God lift their burden and fill their hearts with peace, we pray:

For all who have died, especially, Mary Thamert, the sister of Bob Thamert. May they share fully in the new life of Christ and live with God forever, we pray:

 

 

Presider:

Loving God, you sent your son to show us the way of holy living. Hear our prayers that we might become ever more people of your way. We ask this through Christ our Lord, Amen.


Prayers of the Faithful for February 9 & 10, 2019

Presider:

Let us pray now for our own needs and the needs of the whole world.

 

Lector:

For the Church: that we may be attentive to God’s invitations and relying upon God’s grace to respond unselfishly and wholeheartedly we pray:

For those called to promote peace throughout the world: for political and military leaders; for diplomats and negotiators, we pray:

For those called to promote social and economic justice throughout the world; for all organizations and groups that protect civil and human rights, we pray,

For those called to serve God by caring for their families and friends, their neighborhoods and workplaces, their churches and schools, we pray:

For those who feel unworthy to be called or do not recognize that they are being called, we pray:

For the grace to listen: that we may follow Christ away from the noise and demands of daily life and enter into the silent depths of our hearts where God can speak to us, we pray:

For all who are ill, including, Tom Diger and Cheri Henderson, that God will lift their burden and fill their hearts with peace, we pray:

For all who have died, especially, Mary Meacham. May they share fully in the new life of Christ and live with God forever, we pray:

 

Presider:

O God, you sent your son among us so that we might follow him in bringing others to salvation. Hear our prayer that we might be faithful in all we do and come one day to share the fullness of life with you. We ask this through Christ our Lord, Amen.


Prayers of the Faithful for February 2 & 3, 2019

Presider:

In faith, hope and love we pray for the needs of the whole world.

 

Reader:

For the church: that it may encourage, as well as listen to, those called to speak the truth, we pray:

For those whose work is to speak the truth in business, in government, in the military, in international relations, we pray:

For those who struggle in their daily living: that the poor  and the suffering may have their burdens lifted by those who have heard and headed God’s word, we pray:

For the gift of vocations: for all married, consecrated, and ordained people who have chosen their vocations with a desire to build God's Kingdom, we pray:

For the grace to rejoice in the success of others, let go of past injuries, and encourage one another toward fuller lives, we pray:

For those who are ill and have asked for our prayers. May they be healed by God’s loving touch, including, John Ramberg, and Tom Diger, we pray:

For those who have died. May they find comfort in the arms of God, especially, Connie Edwards, and for those who mourn the passing of loved ones, we pray:

 

 

Presider:

Saving God, you sent your Son to speak to us words both gracious and challenging. Hear our prayers that we might heed what he speaks to us and live faithfully the life to which he calls us. We ask this through Christ our Lord, Amen.


Prayers of the Faithful for January 26 & 27, 2019

Presider:

Let us pray that the glad tidings of God’s love and care for those in need be brought to fulfillment.

 

Reader:

For the Church: that we may be instruments of God’s reign who free captives,  unburden the oppressed and help others to experience a time of God’s favor physically, spiritually, emotionally and economically, we pray:

For the members of Congress and state legislatures: that God will give them insight and courage as they address the issues of violence, finances, and immigration, we pray:

For greater awareness: that we may recognize the gift of each day and find meaning, develop relationships and discover opportunities for growth daily, we pray:

For discernment: that leaders in the Christian community may recognize the work of God in each individual and call forth the gifts and talents that God has entrusted to each person, we pray:

For each of us: that we may hear the Word of God, allow our hearts to be moved by it, and respond to it with dedication, we pray:

For those who are ill and have asked for our prayers. May they be healed by God’s loving touch, including, John Ramberg, we pray:

For those who have died. May they find comfort in the arms of God, and for those who mourn the passing of loved ones, we pray:

 

Presider:

O God, you sent your Son in the power of the Holy Spirit to bring us the glad tidings of salvation. Hear our prayers that we may come to the fullness of life Jesus proclaimed. We ask this through Christ our Lord, Amen.


Prayers of the Faithful for January 19 & 20, 2019

Presider:

Let us pray that Jesus’ ongoing abundant love may touch our lives and the lives of others both near and far.

 

Reader:

For the church: that it may continue Jesus’ ministry of serving people in their life events, we pray:

For a deepening of faith: that we may be inspired by Mary’s words and seek to do whatever God asks of us, we pray:

For a greater recognition of the gifts God has given each person: that we may encourage the gifts of one another for the good of the Church and the whole human family, we pray:

For greater awareness of our limits: that we may recognize our need for God’s help and confidently call out to God as we face our challenges and shortcomings, we pray:

For all engaged and married couples: that they may be channels of God’s love to one another and signs of God’s loving presence in society, we pray:

For those who are ill and have asked for our prayers. May they be healed by God’s loving touch, including, John Ramberg, we pray:

For those who have died. May they find comfort in the arms of God, especially, Pris Pawlikowski, the sister in law of Dardra Pawlikowski; Eileen Freeman, and Bill Schulz, the father of Stephanie Selisker, and for those who mourn the passing of loved ones, we pray:

  

Presider:

O God, your love for us is a never ending abundance. Hear our prayers that one day we might share forever in the glory of your heavenly wedding banquet. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.


Prayers of the Faithful for January 12 & 13, 2019

Presider:

Made children of God by baptism, we raise up our prayers in confidence.

Reader:

For the Church: that we may recognize our calling to be daughters and sons of God who have been given the gift of the Holy Spirit and sent to share God’s Good News with others, we pray:

For understanding: that we may learn from Jesus how to be fully human and place all of our gifts and talents into God’s service, we pray:

For all who have been baptized in our community, particularly those during this last year, may they be faithful disciples of Jesus and continue to grow in their knowledge and love of God, we pray:

For young people who have strayed from God’s path, may they find in Jesus a friend who comforts and guides them, we pray:

For those in need of a shepherd’s care: for refugees, the ill, those unjustly detained, and those who lack heat or food, that God’s love will comfort them and the hearts of many that reach out to them, we pray:

For those who are ill and have asked for our prayers. May they be healed by God’s loving touch, we pray:

For those who have died, and for those who mourn the passing of loved ones. May they find comfort in the arms of God, we pray:

 

Presider:

God of mercy, you never cease to call us to repentance and fullness of life. Hear our prayers as we strive to follow the way of Jesus. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.


Prayers of the Faithful for January 5 & 6, 2019

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, 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, Connie Edwards, we pray:

That those who have died are filled with the light of eternal life, especially, Timothy and Kimberly O’Brien, parents of Torry and Maggie O’Brien. 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 this through Christ our Lord, Amen.


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