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Prayers of Intercession, 05/01/22

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

God of steadfastness we look to you for comfort and reassurance. The human experience is one of constant change. From the moment we are born, each day is different from the last. Sometimes when we close our eyes at the end of the day, we have a good idea what tomorrow will bring. Other times, the days ahead can be filled with uncertainty. That uncertainty can be a source of anxiety and trepidation, and at the same time it can be an opportunity to dream, imagine, and shape the future.

In the weeks after Easter morning, surely your apostles must have felt that mix of trepidation and anticipation. Jesus’ death and resurrection brought such change to those in the Jesus movement. Who would they be? Could they safely be who they wanted to be? Would they be accepted? Would they, in the pressures of daily life and political upheaval in Roman Judea, have the courage and conviction to love others as Jesus first loved them?

God, amidst the daily pressures of our lives, grant us the courage to love one another as Jesus first loved us, to embody Agape.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

God of all, each and every human on the Earth is one of your beloved children. Our experiences are widely divergent, and that diversity contributes to the richness of the broader human experience. Sometimes, though, those different experiences do not arise from personal choice, but from prejudice and oppression. The report from the Minnesota department of human rights into the Minneapolis Police Department lays bare the systemic racism that Black, Indigenous, and other people of color have been subjected to by the very police charged with protecting our communities. The findings of this report are deeply unsettling. And yet, it ought not to be surprising as our Black and indigenous neighbors have been speaking out about the personal and systemic racism they have endured for generations, right here in Minnesota.

We pray, o Lord, that you would open our ears and are hearts, to truly listen to one another, especially when the truths spoken are uncomfortable and painful. Grant us the courage and strength to continue pushing towards justice for all children of God. Help us to foster a more equitable world, where all your children, of every age and race, have the chance to build the life they choose for themselves.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

God of healing, we pray for those who are sick, lonely, and suffering. We pray for healing where healing is possible. For those who are living with terminal or degenerative conditions, we pray that you would hold them in your arms and ease their pain, physical, emotional, and spiritual. We pray also for caregivers. Some caregiver make an intentional choice to enter a caregiving profession. Many, many others find themselves becoming caregivers for loved ones. We pray especially for those who are caring for ailing family members. Their tireless work often goes underappreciated. Oh Lord, we pray that you would comfort caregivers. Hold them in your loving arms and grant them respite and recovery of their own.

We pray for Bodie & family, Gregg, Ted & Dorothy, Valdine, Sean, Chuckie, Terrence, John, Vangie. We offer prayers for our Call Committee, medical personnel, those who are sick, lonely & suffering; 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

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer. Amen.


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