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 the persecuted church throughout the world: Preserve, O God, your Church in holiness and truth, in unity and peace, free from persecution, or glorious under it; deliver your people by your mighty aid from tyranny and wrong; keep them faithful in the hour of trial; and use the international community to restore to them the blessings of freedom and peace.
Pray for our Nation and those in authority
For those in authority over us: Bless, O Lord, those whom you have set over us in authority. Govern their hearts in your fear, and guide their understanding to do those things which are acceptable to you; that they may faithfully serve your people and set forward your everlasting kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Pray for the welfare of the world
For strangers and immigrants: O God, the Father of all, who has commanded your people to show kindness to the stranger: We pray for those who come from other countries and make their home in this land. Help them to overcome the difficulties of custom, language, and race; surround them with companions who welcome and befriend them; and bless us to foster understanding and goodwill; that in your great family we may live as members one of another.
Pray for the concerns of the local community
For the Eckards moving to Cullowhee, NC: Almighty God, we give you thanks for Tim, Carly, and Simon, grant them, the gift of faith, a love for your Holy Scripture, a hunger for prayer, and joy in their salvation. Go with them to order their steps and guard their hearts as they move into the next season of their lives.
For the Barfields and Ottaways expecting babies: Almighty God, giver of life and love, bless this family, we pray, with a safe and joyful delivery of their baby; give them wisdom and devotion in the ordering of their common life, that each may be to the other a strength in need, a counselor in perplexity, a comfort in sorrow, and a companion in joy. And grant, most merciful Father, that by your help their child may live faithfully according to your will in this life, and finally partake of everlasting glory in the life to come, through Jesus Christ, our Lord.
Pray for those who suffer and those in any trouble
Allison Reeves, diagnosed with Stage IV pancreatic cancer this week, her husband Ben, two children, Isabella and Christian, and dear friends, the Butler family; for complete healing and God’s peace.
Christine Warner, for full recovery from recent accident.
Linda Bonner, suffering with complications after recent surgery; for complete recovery.
Bob and Joanne Macdonald, Bob Macdonald’s parents; for wisdom, healing, and provision.
Lora and Ronald, Carrie Waffa’s parents; for their health and for strength for Ted and Carrie as they care for them.
Elizabeth Snoeyink, for complete recovery from cancer.
Nicolas, eldest son of the Robinsons, who lost all of his possessions in an apartment fire in San Francisco; for God’s restoration.
Dan Munn; for recovery from pulmonary embolism, and complete healing from cancer.
Brian Gilley, diagnosed with Stage IV melanoma; for healing, peace, and God’s presence for his family.
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.
Ben Boyd; for mercy.
For those whose suffering is known only to God.
Pray thanksgivings for the blessings of this life
For the miracle of life: Give thanks for the birth of Margaret Anne Garner this week. O God, you have taught us through your blessed Son that whoever receives a little child in the name of Christ receives Christ himself: We give thanks for the blessing you have bestowed upon this family in giving them a child. Confirm their joy by a lively sense of your presence with them, and give them calm strength and patient wisdom as they seek to bring this child to love all that is true and noble, just and pure, lovable and gracious, excellent and admirable, following the example of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.
Give thanks for the lives of those who have faithfully followed Christ in every age
Jackson Kemper, First Missionary Bishop in the United States 1870, (remembered May 24): Lord God, in your providence Jackson Kemper was chosen first missionary bishop in this land, and by his arduous labor and travel congregations were established in scattered settlements of the West: Grant that the Church may always be faithful to its mission, and have the vision, courage, and perseverance to make known to all people the Good News of Jesus Christ; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.