Saint John the Evangelist (Lockport, IL)

Monday, January 31, 2005

Prayers of the People - 1/30/05

Epiphany 4A – January 30, 2005
Prayers of the People

For the church and for all your creation, we pray to you, Lord God, saying: Lord, hear our prayer.

Blessed are the poor in spirit; theirs is the dominion of heaven. And so we pray: Unite the church, guide Frank our presiding bishop, William and Victor our bishops, and these churches of the Rockford Deanery, St. Jude in Rochelle, St. Paul in Savanna, Grace in Sterling, St. Peter in Sycamore, and the Diocese of Long Island. That they may lead others to the love of Jesus. Lord, hear our prayer.

Blessed are the pure in heart; they shall see God. And so we pray: Give your people the will and the courage to value your service above all else. Lord, hear our prayer.

Blessed are the peacemakers, God’s own children. And so we pray: Bring peace to the world, security to the nations, and safety to the cities, especially for Iraq during this, their first national election. Lord, hear our prayer.

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied. And so we pray: Remove from us prejudice and injustice, and raise up among us those who will labor for the good of all whom you have made. Lord, hear our prayer.

Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy. And so we pray: Be present with those who are sick, imprisoned, or in distress, especially those who have asked for our prayers; Nikki, Carole, Beverly, Nicolas, Warren, Joan, Frank, Anthony, Mary, Vera, Robert, Bernadine, Cassie, Diana, Donna, Austin, Stan, Jackie, Sara, Geraldine, Bill, Steve, Tom, Sharon, Theresa, Ted, Kathy, Tony, John, Ann, Kathryn, Virginia, Karla, Therese, Mariann, Don, Mildred, Raymond, Chris, Bob, Martha, James, Wilma, Linda, Bernice, Abby, Elicia, Elise, Ashley, Glenda, Trevor, Marlene, Petra, Doris, Frances, Karen, Rhonda, Gary, Bea, Virgil, Ed, Taylor, David, Connor, Peggy, Jim, Anita, Olga, Jesse, Peter, Patti, Phil, Vicki, Daniel, Denzil, Ryan, and Royleen. Are there others? Make us quick to love and serve our neighbors. Lord, hear our prayer.

We offer thanksgivings this week as we celebrate the birthdays of Tiffany Greminger, Sonya Dempsey, Brandon Raimondi, Meghan Townsend, and William Malinow; and the anniversary of Robert and Margaret Dodson. May they enjoy another year of health and happiness in the Lord’s service. Are there other blessings or thanksgivings? Lord, hear our prayer.

We pray for the repose of the soul of Harrell Townsend, on behalf of the Watts family, and we remember James Athos. Rejoice and be glad, for their reward is great in heaven. We remember all who have witnessed to your love, may their souls and the souls of all the departed live in your eternal kingdom. Lord, hear our prayer.

Almighty God, you have taught us to do justice, love kindness, and practice humility before you; make our faith active in love, that your name may be praised and your people served throughout the earth, through Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN.

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