Sunday, April 2, 2017
Offered by Victoria G. Curtiss, Associate Pastor
Loving and steadfast God, you have abided with us through all the seasons of our lives, including those times when we have turned away from you. We praise you for the enormous sacrifice of love you gave through Jesus Christ that revealed that perfect love casts out fear.
Be with us now when we face our own trials and fears. Let them not be so overpowering that we succumb to their force. Give us the strength to withstand the pressure, and courage to face boldly those times when our faith is tested. When we are confronted by those seeking our counsel, give us your guidance. When we are challenged by those needing our support, give us your strength and courage. Help us be in solidarity with others long enough for them to trust us, so together we can both learn about and work for Christ’s liberating truth.
Give us patience to sit with the lonely. Open our arms to those who seek comfort. Free our tongues from stammering or remaining mute when a word of encouragement or truth is needed.
We pray for peace in our world. We lament and grieve the recent loss of life here in our city and in Iraq, of civilians, soldiers, children. Heal the disease of violence and child abuse; break its vicious cycle, we pray, that all may live in safety, peace, and hope. Comfort those who are grieving and live in fear, and protect the police and military personnel as they seek to protect others.
Through times of trial you have accompanied your people. We ask that your spirit so move among us now as we seek to serve others. Hear us now as we pray the prayer Jesus taught: Our Father . . .
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