August 9 Service
10th Sunday after Pentecost
Prayers of the Church
Confident of your care and helped by the Holy Spirit, we pray for the church, the world, and all who are in need. A brief silence.
Encouraging God, we pray for your whole church throughout the world. Give courage in the midst of storms, so that we see and hear Jesus calling: “Take heart, it is I: do not be afraid.” May we follow Christ wherever he leads. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
We give thanks for those you have made leaders in your church, praying especially for our bishops, Elizabeth Eaton and John Macholz, pastors, deacons, and all the baptized in sharing your life-giving good news with all the world. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Creator God, we pray for the well-being of your creation. Protect waterways, forests, lands, and wildlife from exploitation and abuse. Help the human family endeavor to sustain and be sustained by the resources of your hand.
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Sovereign God, we pray for nations and their leaders. In you, steadfast love and faithfulness meet, and righteousness and peace kiss. May nations in conflict know the peace that is the fruit of justice, and the justice that is the path to peace. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Healing God, accompany all who are lonely, hear the voices of those who cry out in anguish, We pray for those suffering this day especially Gale Svenson-Campbell, Karen Johnson, Roy Pihl, George and Janet Balcom, Maj-Britt Traynor, Beverly Klang, Trudy Fetzner, Thom Shagla, Matt Isaacson, Mabel Tranum, Gloria Fitzpatrick, Sarah Van Staalduinen, John Gingrass, and Dick Stark. We also pray for those we remember silently in our hearts or aloud with our voices. (pause) Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
God of courage, we especially remember this day those who risked their lives to serve in our armed forces. Grant safety to those serving at home or abroad, especially Ben Wickerham and Jeffrey Clauson and assure them of your never-failing strength. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Loving Lord, we pray for our congregation. You have gathered us here today as your people and we thank you for this gift. We pray for those who are new to this community, for students and teachers preparing for a new school year, and for those struggling with unexpected hardship. Supply us generously with your grace for our life together. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
In the certain hope that nothing can separate us from your love, we offer these prayers to you; through Jesus Christ our Lord.