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Prayers of Intercession, 01/16/22

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

God of Creation, this Earth you made is an incredible, dynamic, and beautiful place. From the equator to the poles, the breadth and diversity of plant and animal life, of landscapes, of weather and climate, is simply incredible. We give thanks for the richness this planet has to offer. Help us to be good stewards of this Earth, for ourselves, for our children, and for all other living beings on this planet.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Help us to appreciate that so many of the amazing things that happen at the Earth’s surface are the result of processes deep below the crust, hundreds of miles below our feet. Volcanos, like the one at Tonga this weekend and the one at La Palma a few months ago, arise from shifting tectonic plates. Tectonic plates that reshape the very land and oceans over millions of years. The gorgeous, ethereal Northern Lights are made possible by the presence of Earth’s magnetic field, which is driven by Earth’s core.

Things like volcanic eruptions and Northern lights are short events borne of long inner processes, yet these short events can have long-lasting impacts on us. When lava flows cover forest and cropland, we grieve the loss of what we once knew, and hold hope that the new land will also be able to sustain us. When the Northern lights shimmer and dance in the sky in their green and pink robes, we are transfixed. These lights are huge and yet massless. They are short-lived, yet stay in our memories for years.

God of Creation, we give thanks for the complexity of this amazing world you made. Help us to understand and appreciate the paradox of time – that short events can be the result of long processes and also have long-lasting impacts. Help us to remember that relationships can be like this, too. Relationships among people, and also our relationship to our planet. Guide us so that our short-lived actions may have positive long-lasting impacts.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

God of Healing, we beseech you to cradle us in your arms. We are tired of this pandemic. We are tired of school closures, of cancelled gatherings with friends and family, of worrying what a new variant might mean, of the uncertainty of how long this is going to last. We are tired. We pray that you hold health care workers especially close, as they struggle to meet the needs of patients amidst the strain of overloaded hospitals and nursing homes. We pray that healthcare workers fighting burnout are able to rest and recuperate. We pray that our leaders will make wise decisions regarding our health care systems to properly support and compensate health care workers and make health care as accessible as it ought to be. Lord, we are tired, and we know that this work will continue to be difficult, as it has been. We pray that you would sustain us, buoy us up, and give us hope.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

God of hope, some of your children in our very community are suffering. Some of your children are sick; others are lonely; some are in pain. Some of their names we know; many names we do not know. We pray that you would comfort them, heal their wounds, give them strength and hope that things can and will be better. We pray especially for Lorraine, Delores, Jeana, Al, Lois, Ruby, Aurora, Wendi, Dave, Betty, Britt. We pray also for 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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