St. Timothy Lutheran Church

September 6 Service

14th Sunday after  Pentecost

Prayers of the Church

Drawn together in the compassion of God, we pray for the church, the world, and all those in need. A brief silence.

Unite your church, O God. Grant us the gifts of repentance and reconciliation. Bless the cooperative work of churches in this community. Strengthen ecumenical partnerships; guide the work of the Lutheran World Federation and the World Council of Churches.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We give thanks for those you have made leaders in your church, praying especially for our bishops, Elizabeth Eaton and John Macholz, pastors, deacons, and all the baptized in sharing your life-giving good news with all the world. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Protect your creation, O God. Teach us ways that do not harm what you have entrusted to our care. Renew and enliven places suffering from drought, flood, storms, or pollution.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Turn nations and leaders from ways that lead to death. Shape new paths toward peace and cooperation, teaching us to recognize one another as neighbors. Guide legislators, civil servants, judges, and police toward laws that protect the well-being of all.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Tend to all in need of your compassion. Hear the cries of those awaiting justice and those yearning for forgiveness. Give community to the lonely and neighbors to the outcast. Shelter all who are vulnerable in body, mind, or spirit especially Karen Johnson, Roy Pihl, George and Janet Balcom, Maj-Britt Traynor, Beverly Klang, Trudy Fetzner, Thom Shagla, Matt Isaacson, Mabel Tranum, Gloria Fitzpatrick, Sarah Van Staalduinen, John Gingrass, and Dick Starks. We also pray for those we remember silently in our hearts or aloud with our voices. (pause)

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

God of courage, we especially remember this day those who risked their lives to serve in our armed forces. Grant safety to those serving at home or abroad, especially Ben Wickerham and Jeffrey Clauson and assure them of your never-failing strength.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Sustain us in our work, O God, and give work to those who need it. Shape societies to ensure fair treatment for all who labor. Help us to love our neighbors in and through our work.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

All these things and whatever else you see that we need, we entrust to your mercy; through Christ our Lord.