Monthly Archives: May 2017

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Daily Prayer

Focus Scripture – Romans 12:9-16b Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good; love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honor. Do not lag in zeal, be ardent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints; extend hospitality to strangers. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with one another; do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly;

Lord, help us to live in harmony with one another. We lift up concerns for others and ourselves today. We pray especially for:

  • Families in crisis around the world.
  • Missionaries who devote their lives to serving your people around the world.
  • Veterans returning from combat.
  • People who are persecuted because of their faith.
  • People embroiled in wars of ideology.
  • All stewards of the environment.
  • Hostages taken during political strife.
  • Refugees seeking asylum.
  • People living in all manner of war zones.
  • Victims of senseless acts of violence.
  • Children who have lost their way.
  • The body of Christ.

Gracious God, hear our prayers and answer. Have mercy on your people. Have mercy on your world. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.


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Daily Prayer

Focus Scripture – Psalm 99:1 The Lord reigns; let the peoples tremble! He dwells between the cherubim; let the earth be moved!

God of Our Fathers, you alone are God. We bless your holy name. We lift up our brokenness for your healing touch. We pray especially for:

  • People who are living with doubts.
  • People who have lost their joy.
  • Those who are misunderstood. 
  • Those who are stuck in jobs they hate.
  • Those who are responsible for leading your people.
  • Single parents who are trying to make ends meet.
  • People mourning the loss of their loved ones.
  • Law enforcement officers.
  • People who have suffered because of senseless violence.
  • Churches open in your name.

God, Great God, we acknowledge your sovereignty. Have mercy on your people. Have mercy on your world. We pray it all in the name of Jesus. Amen.


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Memorial Day Prayer

Focus Scripture: John 15:13 (NLT) There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.

Gracious God, on this Memorial Day weekend, we remember and give thanks for those who have given their lives in the service of our country. When the need was greatest, they stepped forward and did their duty to defend the freedoms that we enjoy, and to win the same for others.

O God, you yourself have taught us that no love is greater than that which gives itself for another. These honored dead gave the most precious gift they had, life itself, for loved ones and neighbors, for comrades and country – and for us. Help us to honor their memory by caring for the family members they have left behind, by ensuring that their wounded comrades are properly cared for, by being watchful caretakers of the freedoms for which they gave their lives, and by demanding that no other young men and women follow them to a soldier’s grave unless the reason is worthy and the cause is just.

Holy One, help us to remember that freedom is not free. There are times when its cost is, indeed, dear. Never let us forget those who paid so terrible a price to ensure that freedom would be our legacy. Though their names may fade with the passing of generations, may we never forget what they have done. Help us to be worthy of their sacrifice, O God. Amen.[1]

We lift up the concerns of others today:

  • Families around the world.
  • Missionaries around the world.
  • Veterans returning from combat.
  • Those who are persecuted in your name.
  • All stewards of the environment.
  • Hostages taken during political strife.
  • People who are involved in wars of ideology.
  • People living in war zones.
  • Victims of senseless acts of violence.
  • Children who have lost their way.

Gracious God, hear our prayers and answer. Have mercy on your people. Have mercy on your world. Amen

[1] With Gratitude and Honor: Prayers for Memorial Day and Veterans’ Day, 2008, was written by the Rev. John Gundlach, Minister for Government Chaplaincies, Parish Life and Leadership, UCC.

 


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