7800 West County Road 42
Apple Valley, Minnesota
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Prayers of Intercession, 08/19/18

Gathered into one by the Holy Spirit, let us pray for the church, the world, and all of God’s creation.

God of abundance and overflowing generosity, we give you thanks for the widow and her meager, lavish offering. Give us hearts to give back to you as she did, giving our whole lives in service to your work and your world.

God, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

God who covers us like a mother hen covers her chicks, protect those who are fleeing from natural disasters––from raging wildfires and droughts and floods. Give strength and courage to those on the front lines, who work to restore order to chaos. Give to all of us a renewed energy to protect and preserve the work of your creation.

God, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

God of new beginnings, we rejoice this day for our whole church, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, as Viviane Thomas-Brietfeld was consecrated yesterday in the South-Central Synod of Wisconsin as the first black woman to serve as a bishop in this church. For her and for Patricia Davenport, who will be the second when she is consecrated as bishop of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod, we give you thanks. Bestow on these women your strength and courage as they offer their gifts in leadership to our church.

God, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

God of healing and comfort, we lift up all those in need of extra support in the days to come. For those in our community, we pray especially for Dave, Gordy, Celia, Dolly, Mel, Pete, Lois’ mother, Joan, Pete, Louisa, Grant and Eric, Judy, Dick & Joanne, Marilyn, Alec, Karen, Lila & Herb, Len, Haley, Dawn, Jackson, Sue, Stephen, Tricia, Ginger, Mensajero de Cristo Lutheran Church of Guatemala, and all service personnel and their families including Kyle, who is currently deployed.

God, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Into your hands, gracious God, we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in your mercy; through Jesus Christ, our Savior. Amen.

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