Walking together with our friends and family in Christ, we offer our prayers for the church, the world, and all those in need.
A brief silence.
Loving Redeemer, by grace you have chosen us to live boldly as resurrection people. Strengthen us to stand firm and proclaim the good news to the world. Lord, in your mercy. (Hear our prayer.)
We give thanks for the safe travel and inspiring visit Grace members had with our companion congregations in Guatemala last month; for the opportunity to open our minds and hearts to our brothers and sisters in Christ, and for the accompaniment values we experienced during caminando juntos – walking together. Lord, in your mercy. (Hear our prayer.)
Maker of all, you bless us with the change of seasons. Create safe pathways as plants and animals prepare for winter, and make us good stewards of your bountiful creation. Tend the gardens of your creation and bring a message of hope to members of Mensajero de Cristo Lutheran Church as they struggle with drought and poor crops. Bless them and grant them hope for the future. Lord, in your mercy. (Hear our prayer.)
Gracious God, we pray for the leaders immersed in the life of Iglesia Luterana Augustina de Guatemala and our companion congregation in Santa Elena as they nurture the faith of those they serve, especially Pastor Karen, Diego, Esther, Beatriz, and the newly ordained Deacon Santos, as they share the Gospel and work to improve the lives of people in congregations throughout Guatemala. Lord, in your mercy. (Hear our prayer.)
Listening God, your beloved people call to you and you answer them. Hear the cries of those who are poor and unemployed, those who seek refuge, those who suffer from addiction, and all who are sick, especially: Linda and Todd, Cody’s family, Rachel and Derek, Dave, Pete, Sandy, Edward, caregivers of those with dementia, Judy, Al, Sandy, Bob, Betty, Gloria’s family, Loren, Tom, Sarah, Bev, Mensajero de Cristo Lutheran Church of Guatemala, and all service personnel and their families. Guard and keep them in your loving care. Lord, in your mercy. (Hear our prayer.)
Divine judge, your justice and mercy are revealed to us in your steadfast love. Grant rest and peace to our faithful veterans, and give courage to government officials who lead, serve and protect. As the world celebrates 30 years since the Berlin Wall came down, help us to learn from the challenges of the past, and to lead in the future by building relationships through communication and compassion. Lord, in your mercy. (Hear our prayer.)
God of the living, to you all are alive. We give thanks for those who have died in the faith. Give us joy in knowing that our Redeemer lives, and that we will be united with the faithful in a resurrection like his. Lord, in your mercy. (Hear our prayer.)
Rejoicing in hope, we lift our prayers to you, merciful God, trusting that you have received them in your care, through Jesus Christ who taught us to pray:
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name; your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us. Save us from the time of trial, and deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power and glory are yours, now and forever. (AMEN.)