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 email@example.com.
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.
Pray for the Church, its members, and its mission
For the Church during Advent: Grant, O Almighty God, that as Jesus Christ came at his first advent to seek and to save that which was lost, so at his second and glorious appearing may he find in your people the fruits of the redemption which he won.
Pray for our Nation and those in authority
For peace in our nation: We pray for peace and commit to you all who work to uphold justice in our world today. We pray for an end to fear, for comfort and support to those who suffer, that people may go about their lives in safety and peace.
Pray for the welfare of the world
For refugees, victims of war, and for those who find themselves to be strangers in strange lands: Lord God, no one is a stranger to you and no one is ever far from your loving care. In your kindness, watch over refugees and victims of war, and those separated from their loved ones. Make wars to end, we earnestly pray. Use your Church and all with resources and power to care for the needs of the suffering. Help us always to show your kindness to strangers and to all in need.
Pray for the concerns of the local community
For those in our community facing the cold without sufficient shelter, clothing, or food: Almighty and most merciful God, we remember before you all poor and neglected persons whom it would be easy for us to forget: the homeless and the destitute, the old and the sick, and all who have none to care for them. Help us to heal those who are broken in body or spirit, and to turn their sorrow into joy.
For the many in this church who are mourning the loss of loved ones during this holiday season: O God of grace and glory, we remember before you this day those we love whom we no longer se. In your boundless compassion, console us who mourn. Give us faith to see in death the gate of eternal life, so that in quiet confidence we may continue our course on earth, until, by your call, we are reunited with those who have gone before.
Pray for those who suffer and those in any trouble
Krista Millard’s family, mourning the passing of her mother Judy on Monday; for God to be the God of all comfort.
Lance Creath, Shawn Bailey's son, who is quite ill and has contracted an unknown illness as a result of a recent trip to Thailand; for healing and full recovery.
Hank Tarlton, recovering from a heart procedure; for healing and total recovery.
Bob and Joanne Macdonald, Bob Macdonald’s parents, dealing with health\aging issues; for wisdom, healing, and provision.
Elizabeth Snoeyink, diagnosed with cancer; for effective treatments and complete recovery.
Dan Munn; for effective treatments, healing of neuropathy, and complete healing from cancer.
The Clark family, serving in Puerto Rico; for strength, encouragement, and joy.
Kelly Butler, recovering from knee surgery; for healing and full recovery.
Brian Gilley, diagnosed with Stage IV melanoma; for healing, peace, and God’s presence for his family.
The family of Eddie Batchelor mourning his passing; for God to be the God of all comfort and peace.
Luke Washington, experiencing undiagnosed health issues; for a way forward towards healing.
Sally Breedlove’s brother Bobby, fighting advanced cancer; for healing, peace, and mercy.
Mark Robinson; for continued recovery, encouragement, and strength.
Mason Meacham; for encouragement, good health, and consistent supports 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.
Lora and Ronald, Carrie Waffa’s parents; for their health and for strength for Ted and Carrie as they care for them.
Ben Boyd; for mercy.
For those whose suffering is known only to God.
Pray thanksgivings for the blessings of this life
For this community: Most merciful, Lord, thank you for setting us in communities: for families who nurture our becoming, for friends who love us by choice, for companions at work, who share our burdens and daily tasks, for strangers who welcome us into their midst, for people from other lands who call us to grow in understanding, for children who lighten our moments with delight, for the unborn, who offer us hope for the future.
Give thanks for the lives of those who have faithfully followed Christ in every age
Lucy, Martyr at Syracuse, 204 (Wednesday, December 13th): Loving God, for the salvation of all you gave Jesus Christ as light to a world in darkness: Illumine us, with your daughter Lucy, with the light of Christ, that by the merits of his passion we may be led to eternal life; through the same Jesus Christ, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.