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Prayers for our life together

Apr 25, 2016

Prior to the 2016 Synod Wide Ministerium, our pastors were asked to tell us what is on their hearts and minds in terms of our life together in this synod. Their questions and responses were then crafted into these prayers of intercession used during our morning worship. 

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With the whole people of God in Christ Jesus,

let us pray for the church, those in need, and all of God’s creation.

  

Let us pray for our life together in the church, that our communication with each other would be fully open, toward deepening trust, bonds of affection, unity, and greater collegiality in our church. May we always speak well of each other for the sake of the gospel. Give us clarity to see the whole of our interdependence as a church, and the vision to understand how all the parts fit together to support us in our calling.

Hear us, O God.

Your mercy is great.

  

Let us pray for our synodical efforts to fight racism in church and world, that our efforts may bear the fruit of healing and reconciliation in our life together in the power of the Holy Spirit. God give us courage and tenacity to follow through on our anti-racism efforts.

Hear us, O God.

Your mercy is great.

 

Let us pray for our pastors, those in conflicted situations, those in call processes and discerning their calling, those feeling overwhelmed by the demands of ministry in a changing church and world. May they find hope and joy in their servant leadership. Likewise bless, O God, our efforts to support our pastors.

Hear us, O God.

Your mercy is great.

  

Let us pray for our congregations, especially ones struggling, and those without a called pastor. Raise up committed leaders in those settings. Restore a sense of mission in congregations that have lost their focus.

Hear us, O God.

Your mercy is great.

 

Let us pray for our evangelical outreach ministries. Give us the grace of zeal and passion for evangelism, that we may proclaim the gospel faithfully and effectively according to your will and Spirit’s guidance. May our efforts in you bear the fruit of growth in our churches. Bless the new mission starts and mission redevelopments in our Synod.

 

Hear us, O God.

Your mercy is great.

 

 

 

Let us pray for our stewardship initiatives. Inspire generosity, O God, among our people, that resources of all kinds will be available for our ministries and mission locally, regionally, nationally, and indeed, through the world.

Hear us, O God.

Your mercy is great. 

 

Let us pray for our youth and young adults, and for those who minister with them. Guide us in our synodical efforts to discern how best to support youth and young adult ministries.

Hear us, O God.

Your mercy is great.

  

Let us pray for our ecumenical relationships, that they may flourish according to your will for the sake of mission. Guide us in seeking reconciling ways to embody greater visible Christian unity especially as we approach the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation in 2017.

Hear us, O God.

Your mercy is great.

 

Let us pray for our ministries of education in congregations, schools, early learning centers, colleges and seminaries. Bless especially, O God, the emerging new ventures in theological education and leadership formation at our seminaries in Philadelphia and Gettysburg.

Hear us, O God.

Your mercy is great.

 

Let us pray for the wider church, synodically and nationally. Give us hope for our future in you.

Hear us, O God.

Your mercy is great.

 

Let us pray for the well-being of creation, for peace and justice in the world, for the nations and those in authority in our communities. May greater unity of purpose and good will reign in hearts and minds throughout the world.

Hear us, O God.

Your mercy is great.

 

Let us pray for the poor, oppressed, sick, bereaved, lonely, and all who suffer in body, mind, or spirit. May they know the comfort of your love through our ministries of caring.

Hear us, O God.

Your mercy is great.

 

Let us pray for the faithful departed. May we who grieve persist in the hope of the resurrection.

Hear us, O God.

Your mercy is great.

 

Into your hands, gracious God, we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in your mercy; through Jesus Christ, our Savior.

Amen.

 
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