At our November 4th Ministry Fair, we asked members of the congregation to write a one or two sentence prayer, so that their intentions could be compiled into November's Prayers of the People. Here are the prayers they wrote:
We pray for our nation that love may prevail, and that anger, hatred and contempt be replaced by peace, unity, and compassion.
For the recovery of the Pittsburgh Police officers who were injured in the Tree of Life shooting, and for the safety of all first responders.
That we learn to love one another – no exceptions – and see Christ in each other, so that we become a more accepting and civil country.
Dear Lord, please watch over our nation as we vote on Tuesday, and let us be more patient and tolerant of our fellow Americans.
For unity and justice for all people; for open and loving hearts.
Lord, watch over those feeling ill; let you healing power hasten their sickness and renew their health.
Let us thank God for the loving kindness most people give. May this love overcome the hatred in this world.
Help our country unify, Lord, and to learn respect and love for each other and all peoples of this world.
Instill in us a spirit of kindness and tolerance for others, especially those who are different from us. Help us to open our hearts, minds, and arms to include others.
Heal our divisions, each of us respecting the dignity of every human being.
Be with our country in keeping the Golden Rule and welcoming all walks of life to our society.
Dear Lord, we pray that you wrap your most loving arms around the ill. And you hold the doctors, surgeons, and caregivers close, wrapping them in your guiding light. In Your Name, we pray.
For constant openness and love for all communities who feel segregated, forgotten, or hurt.
Creator God, we give thanks to you for all you have given us. May we use these gifts to your glory, as you guide us with boldness on your path of happiness. Amen.
That St. Paul’s may have the grace to serve our community, grace to serve each other, and grace to worship. Lord, in your mercy, hear us. That our church may have the love to understand everyone is "us." All are loved by Grace.
Lord, we give thanks for all the blessings of life. We give thanks for the health and prosperity of our families and friends and the St. Paul’s community. May we be ever mindful of the needs of others and reach out to those fortunate than we are.
For our Hindu and Jain neighbors, and all celebrating Diwali the week of November 7, that we may follow their call to celebrate the victory of light over darkness.
With pray for those who feel isolated and alone with mental and invisible illnesses; may they be seen and believed; may they receive the comfort and help they long for.
Please bring peace, comfort and content to the hearts of those suffering in silence. Let their voices and prayers be heard, and their hearts lifted to you, dear Lord.
Awesome Father, thank you for the opportunity to praise you amongst this amazing church family and community. Thank you for loving and accepting each of us as we are.
Eternal Father, please send consolation and grace in abundance to all those who find themselves homeless. Shower them with your love, so they have no choice but to believe.
That we would all take the time to remember to be grateful – to remember how richly God has blessed our lives, and that we are a blessing to those around us.
We pray for the peace of Jerusalem.
Rick, sick; Chrissy. Sick; Jean, died.
John Strong -- health to improve.
For Peter (loving husband of Loretta Land) who died recently.
Jerry Bokan, brother-in-law of John Murphy