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Prayers of the Church, Lessons, Hymns, June 23: 5th Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 7

 

Job 38:1-11 (God answers Job from whirlwind)

Psalm 124 (If the Lord had not been our own side, the flood would have taken us)

                RCL/ELW: Psalm 107:1-3, 23-32 (God delivered those in peril on sea; praise him!)

2 Corinthians 6:1-13 (Now is the acceptable time: accept God’s grace! Paul’s suffering)

Mark 4:35-41 (Jesus stills the storm)

Opening hymn: Praise to the Lord, the Almighty:  LBW #543, ELW #858, LSB #790

Hymn of the Day: Eternal Father, Strong to Save: LBW #467, ELW #756, LSB #717

Communion Hymn #1: Lord, Take My Hand and Lead Me: LBW #333, ELW #767, LSB #722

Communion Hymn #2: Jesus, Savior, Pilot Me: LBW #334, ELW #755, LSB #715

                OR I Am Trusting You/Thee, Lord Jesus: LBW #460, LSB #729

Closing Hymn: In Thee is Gladness: LBW #552, ELW #867, LSB #818

OR How Firm a Foundation: LBW #507, ELW #796, LSB #728

 

THE PRAYERS 

 

Let us come before the Throne of Mercy with our prayers for the Church, the world, and one another.

A brief silence

O Eternal Father, you are indeed strong to save! Give us faith to cling to your dear Son in every danger that threatens to undo us. We bless and adore you for your strong, saving love!

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Still the storms of division, heresy, and ambition among your people. Make your Church an ark of safety against floodwaters of sin and suffering. Make it a rock against which faithless words and evil deeds are dashed. Let many find a refuge there, and turn to you, and be saved.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

 

Like Job, your persecuted servants long to know their suffering has meaning, their faithfulness is precious, and their Redeemer lives. Deliver them from evil. Reveal your mighty arm and never-failing love. And cause their tormentors to repent and believe in you.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Speak your word of peace among the people of this congregation. Keep us steadfast in faith, fervent in worship, and persistent in prayer. Make us tireless in loving service to all are overwhelmed by waves of suffering, sorrow, or shame.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

 

We pray for seafarers, fishermen, our Navy and Coast Guard, and all they protect, defend, and rescue. Still the storms and deliver everyone in peril from wind, wave, and death.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

 

Bestow wisdom and righteousness to our nation’s elected and appointed leaders. Teach them to prize integrity over re-election; justice over special interests; and attentiveness to your will over expediency.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

 

Your Son chided his disciples for their little faith, yet he saved them from the storm. He sent them into a storm-tossed world, to share the Gospel of salvation. Bless everyone, even those of little faith, who strive to share the Lord Jesus with another shipwrecked soul! Lead them to safe harbor in your care.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for all who are overwhelmed by waves of suffering and sorrow; who have been shipwrecked by abuse, abandonment, or injustice; who have been cast adrift in pathless seas of confusion, delusion, or doubt; and who cry out, fearing that you neither hear nor care that they are perishing. Extend your mighty hand and outstretched arm, and deliver them. This day we name: {List}.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Thank you for delivering all who died trusting in you. Give us ears to hear Jesus’ words, “Peace; be still” when all we hear are the wind and waves of turmoil and fear. By his merits, bring us into your Kingdom, where with you and all whom you have redeemed, we may dwell in joyful and blessed peace forever.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

 

Graciously hear, and generously answer our prayers as may be best for us and give you the greatest glory, for the sake of your dear Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, now and forever. Amen.

 

 

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