Saturday, November 17, 2012

Prayer of the People

We are celebrating today Thanksgiving.
Giving thanks to You, our Creator and Sustainer,
For all You have given us and continue to give us. 
More importantly, we are thankful for the days that you stand by us.
We know the strength of Your love.
Today, we ask you to extend this strength to others.
We raise to you people who are hurting, suffering, and are in need of your nursing heart.
Watch over those that are sick, facing surgeries, or waiting for test results.
Grant the doctors overseeing these cases sure hands and keen minds.
We lift up those that are facing life transitions and we ask You to act as their personal Sherpa on their journey.
Guide them as they journey through change and transformation.
Protect them along the way.
We trumpet to You the celebrations of people known to us.
We pray that you will bless and support these positive changes in their life.
We call to Your care not just individuals but nations, groups of peoples, and all of nature.  We ask You to watch over all.
Today we have specifically named:
(Please feel free to comment below if there is someone you would like us to pray for)

Asking You to hear their specific issues and to care for them in Your wisdom.  We trust in Your ways.  Knowing that You have sacrificed for us.  
We know that you walk with us in sorrow, in our fears, in our joys, in our triumphs, and in our losses.  
We call out to you because we know You listen, and we remember that You cared for us so much that You sent Your only son to walk among us. 
He taught us to pray together saying  . . . 
Our Father, who art in heaven,
 Hallowed be thy Name.
Thy Kingdom come.
Thy will be done in earth,
As it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
As we forgive them that trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
The power, and the glory,
For ever and ever.