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Prayers of the People July 11, 2021

The Reverend Christine V. Hides Holy God, Sower of Abundant Grace, The heavens declare your glory. The earth reveals your handiwork. Day after day and night after night, we worship you, O God. Your ways are true, your commandments enlightening, your love endures forever. On this summer day we come together, grateful [...]

2021-07-12T15:51:11-05:00Church Stories, Pastoral Prayer|

Prayers of the People July 4, 2021

The Reverend Dr. William A. Evertsberg Generous God, in whom there is no variation nor shadow of change, you have filled our hearts and lives with so many lavish gifts, we hardly know where to begin with our catalogue of thanksgivings, or where to end. We give you thanks for summer’s “luminous [...]

2021-07-09T14:55:17-05:00Church Stories, Pastoral Prayer|

Prayers of the People June 27, 2021

The Reverend Dr. Katie Snipes Lancaster O Shelter and Shield, O Shepherd and Guide, your word is a lamp to our feet, your love, a light to our path.Be with us here.As the night watch resolves, and day break brings a return to community and friendship, we come to this wide open place, so [...]

2021-06-30T11:57:21-05:00Church Stories, Pastoral Prayer|

Prayers of the People June 20, 2021

The Reverend Christine V. Hides Holy God, Gracious Parent of us all,Your presence is with us all of our daysAnd your love surrounds us in every tender moment. We ask your blessing this day for all fathers, grantthem joy and togetherness, grace and wholeness. And in those parent-childrelationships where there is hurt and disappointment, we [...]

2021-06-23T12:22:28-05:00Church Stories, Pastoral Prayer|

Prayers of the People June 6, 2021

The Reverend Dr. Katie Snipes Lancaster God, we meet you embodied: wherever we are, you meet us with these hands, these feet, this breath, this body, our very selves bound up in your presence. And so we seek a blessing today for these hands, these feet, this breath, this body, that within [...]

Prayers of the People May 30, 2021

The Reverend Dr. Katie Snipes Lancaster Whether under this week’s chilly storm-swept skies, or out in the sun-baked scent of spring, it seems as if the very earth sings your praise, and is calling forth your spirit. So awaken within us, O God. Kindle within us an uninterrupted peace. Let the “gravity [...]

2021-06-08T13:51:22-05:00Pastoral Prayer|

Prayers of the People May 9, 2021

God, giver of life and author of compassion, we celebrate your gift of love that nurtures in ways that are tender and courageous, bold and kind, mysterious and enduring.Today we pause to recognize the ways Christ’s abiding love is embodied in this congregation: In those who knit care into every stitch of the prayer blankets, in the taste [...]

2021-05-14T11:58:28-05:00Church Stories, Pastoral Prayer|

Prayers of the People May 2, 2021

Day and night, we long for you, our Light of Lights, Source of All. Summer and winter, we seek you. When we find ourselves toe to toe with Lake Michigan, or standing on the bank of a river, deep and wide, we long for you. As the air warms, the sun shines, the spring flowers [...]

2021-05-06T11:32:10-05:00Church Stories, Pastoral Prayer|

Prayers of the People April 25, 2021

Holy God, Breath of Heaven, Our Light and Salvation, We inhale and we exhale, every breath becoming a prayer of gratitude, for it is you who, with a word, breathed light and life into creation. And it is you, Holy God, who breathes sacred life into our very beings. We breathe in your grace [...]

2021-04-29T13:20:30-05:00Church Stories, Pastoral Prayer|