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Sunday, April 26, 2015

"O God and Father, the giver of all good things" - 26 April 2015 PM


Our God and Father, the giver of all good things, in whom there is no variableness or shadow of turning (James 1.17, we lift up to you our concerns, petitions and supplications.

We pray for those who are encumbered and weighed down with hardships, fears, worries and anguish – whether physical, financial, familial, or vocational; ….Remember them in their need, look upon their distresses, and grant them new resolve, peace, strength, encouragement and guidance, and please raise them up to praise and honor you. O Lord, hear our prayer.

O Heavenly Father, we beseech you to have mercy upon those who are living in mental darkness…Restore them to strength of mind and cheerfulness of spirit, and give them health and peace in your Son Jesus Christ, and through the health-giving work of your Spirit (modified from The Book of Common Prayer-1928). O Lord, hear our prayer.

Guide the nations of the earth, including our country, so that all nations may walk in ways that lead toward tranquility, stability, resiliency, and communal prosperity. We also ask you to hold our State in your hands, guiding our leadership; and grant our industry, education, arts, families, and communities to thrive. O Lord, hear our prayer.

O Lord, we pray for your Church in all places, and we pray for the Catholic Church of St. Andrew; St. Eugene’s; Epiphany of the Lord; Holy Angels; and Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. Look upon your people, that (in the words of Peter) we may not lose our stability by being led away with the error of the wicked, but that we would rather grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ; restore and remedy what is warped; and reinforce what is right. O Lord, hear our prayer.

We call upon you for the sake of our enemies; that you would restrain them from harmful habits and spiteful actions, bringing them into your sheepfold washed and made new, and help us to be as gracious toward them as you have been toward us. O Lord, hear our prayer.

We plead for your sovereign grace to grip the hearts and minds of those who dwell in the housing additions around our church building, as well as our families and friends…bring new life where there is only death and sin; bring restoration to those who have wandered away; and reclaim those who have fallen to the deceits of heretics. O Lord, hear our prayer.

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