Prayers of the People
The following prayers will be used during the Prayers of the People this coming Sunday. Continue to offer these petitions throughout the coming week. If you would like to add a petition to our prayers for those who suffer and those in any trouble, please send it along to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you would like to add a petition to our prayers for those who suffer and those in any trouble, please send it along to email@example.com.
Pray for the Church, its members, and its mission
For Bishop Thad Barnum and his wife Erilynn: Almighty and everlasting God, have mercy upon thy servant, Thad, and in your great goodness, direct him in the way of eternal salvation: that by your grace he may desire those things that are well-pleasing to you, and with all his might perform them, through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Pray for our Nation and those in authority
For the right use of power: Almighty God, who has created men and women in your own image: Grant us grace to fearlessly contend against evil, and to make no peace with oppression; and, may we use what influence and power you have given us for the cause of justice in this community.
Pray for the welfare of the world
For racial reconciliation in our nation: Loving God, you made men and women in your own likeness and love all whom you have made: We lament the divisions which still exist in our nation based on race and color. As Jesus was born of a Hebrew mother yet rejoiced in the faith of a Syrian woman and a Roman soldier, who received the Greeks who sought him and welcomed an African to carry his cross, we pray you would heal our sad divisions and teach us to regard the members of all humanity as fellow image bearers and heirs of your kingdom.
Pray for the concerns of the local community
For students and teachers returning to school: Eternal God, bless all schools in our community, that they may be lively centers for sound learning, new discovery, and the pursuit of wisdom; and grant that those who teach and those who learn may find you to be the source of all truth.
Pray for those who suffer and those in any trouble
Margaret Waaler, Geoff’s mother, dealing with complications from COPD; for healing and wisdom to make decisions in course of treatment.
Kirk Nelson’s sister, Jennifer, who had a massive stroke, and for her daughter, Kaylene; for healing, restoration, and peace.
Andrew, recovering from extensive surgery for oral cancer, for his wife, Polly, their young children, and dear friends, Allison and Marty Martin; for healing and peace.
Carrie Waffa's mother, Lora, recovering from surgery for a broken hip; for rest, healing, and comfort.
Jean, Nancy Macdonald’s stepmom, recovering from back surgery; for healing and comfort.
Joe Perrotta, Ashlie Campbell’s father, diagnosed with treatable prostate cancer; for effective treatment and healing.
Stephanie, daughter of Rick and Kathy Salmon, who has an autoimmune disease; for effective treatment, healing, and comfort.
Brandon Robinson, Nick Robinson’s brother, who has small-cell lung cancer; for effective treatment, care, and peace.
Members of Grace Community Church, looking for a new church home; for healing, encouragement, and a divinely ordered path forward.
Renee Bischoff, single mom, who has developed a brain tumor, friend of Kelly Butler; for physical and financial health.
Allison Reeves, diagnosed with Stage IV pancreatic cancer recently, her husband Ben, two children, Isabella and Christian, and dear friends, the Butler family; for complete healing and God’s peace.
Bob and Joanne Macdonald, Bob Macdonald’s parents; for wisdom, healing, and provision.
Elizabeth Snoeyink, for complete recovery from cancer.
Brian Gilley, diagnosed with Stage IV melanoma; for healing, peace, and God’s presence for his family.
Kathy Salmon's mother Helma, suffering with Alzheimer’s disease.
Jennifer Hawkins’ uncle Nathan, near end of life; for peace and a perfect end.
Ben Boyd; for mercy.
For those whose suffering is known only to God.
Pray thanksgivings for the blessings of this life
For the mission of the Church: Almighty God, you sent your Son Jesus Christ to reconcile the world to yourself: We praise and bless you for those whom you have sent in the power of the Spirit to preach the Gospel to all nations. We thank you that in all parts of the earth a community of love has been gathered together by their prayers and labors, and that in every place your servants call upon your Name.
Give thanks for the lives of those who have faithfully followed Christ in every age
St. Mary, the Virgin (remembered on August 15th): O God, you have taken to yourself the blessed Virgin Mary, mother of your incarnate Son: Grant that we, who have been redeemed by his blood, may share with her the glory of your eternal kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.