Sunday, October 22, 2006
Offered by Martha Langford, Pastoral Resident
Glorious and gracious God, from the whirlwind you direct us to the wonder of creation as it displays your power and majesty and providential care.
Creator God, you made all things in your wisdom, and in your love you redeem us. We pray for the whole of creation. Overthrow evil powers, right what is wrong, feed and satisfy those who hunger and thirst for justice, so that all your children may freely enjoy the earth that you have made and joyfully sing your praises.
Faithful God, you have called us to be the church of Jesus Christ and through his life demonstrate what it means to be faithful. Make us mindful of Christ’s words that whoever wishes to become great among his disciples must become a servant. Unite us in faith and service as a demonstration of your love to the world, so that all may believe and turn to your ways and live in the light of your truth.
Eternal God, you place wisdom in our inward parts. Guide the rulers of the nations. Move them to set aside fear, greed, and ambition and to bow to your sovereign rule. Inspire them to strive for peace and justice, so that all your children may dwell secure, free from war and privation.
Merciful God, you bear the pain of the world. Sustain those among us who need your healing touch. Make the sick whole. Give hope to the dying. Comfort those who mourn. Uphold all who suffer in body or mind, not only those we know and love, but also those known only to you, so that they may know the peace and joy of your supporting care.
Almighty God, you have given us grace at this time to lift our voices in joyful praise and sincere prayer. You have also promised, through your beloved Son, to be in our midst when we gather together in his name. Be with us now, O Lord, and grant our petitions as you deem best for us, giving us knowledge of your truth in this age and life everlasting in the age to come.
And now, as our Savior Jesus Christ has taught us, we are bold to pray: Our Father . . .
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