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Apple Valley, Minnesota
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Prayers of Intercession, 02/23/2020

With the whole people of God, let us pray for the church, the world, and all those in need.

God of humanity, we thank you for the gift of fellowship. We are grateful for the immense diversity of experiences, cultures, faiths, and world views that enrich the tapestry of human life and strengthen its warp and weft. We are especially excited that today we celebrate all of the baptisms in the last year. As more of your children join the community of Christ, the joy of hope in Jesus will continue to spread .

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

God of comfort, be with those among us who are mourning. Mourning the loss of loved ones to death, to divorce, or estrangement; mourning the loss of a job or a dream; mourning the loss of a beloved pet. We ask you to help us honor that grief and walk with us along the winding path of mourning. Please hold our departed loved ones in your arms until we are reunited in heaven.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

God of hope, please be with the victims and survivors of sexual abuse, exploitation, and trafficking. Hold them close as they endure the hard times and give them hope that the future can and will be better. Help them to bear the grief of innocence lost, and to be brave enough to trust and love and hope again. Help us, O Lord, to shield the vulnerable from exploitation and to hold perpetrators and enablers accountable, whoever and wherever they may be.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

God of mercy, bless all your children, and give relief to those suffering from grief, from addiction, and from mental and physical illness. We pray especially for Jared G., John & family, Talitha’s family, Austin & Gavin, Pastor Andrea & family, Pastor Deb, Robyn, Lloyd, Henry, Kathy, Marlene, Ron, Donna, Kyle, Loren, Barb, Ken, Sue, Rich, Al, Dave, Mensajero de Cristo Lutheran Church of Guatemala, and all service personnel and their families.

Lord, 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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