Mighty God, what can we offer in thanks to the one who has given us all? How can we bring our praises to the one who blesses us in wonderful abundance? It is hard to figure out how to express our gratitude, to decide where to begin to offer our gratefulness for what you have given.
Our health, wealth and well being, our vibrant community, friends and family, the summer sunshine we have enjoyed, the rolling hills and tranquility of our Parish and surrounds.
Make us mindful of these gifts you have labored to give us, and inspire us to commit ourselves to their care and appreciation. Never to take for granted what we have and what you have provided.
Dear God, move us to persevere in prayer, to extend hospitality to strangers, to rejoice with those who rejoice and to weep with those who weep. At this time we ask for your strength and guidance to those affected so terribly by Hurricane Harvey, those in particularly in Houston who have lost the things we hold dear, through no fault of their own, their family, friends, possessions and homes. Your strength at this time may offer comfort and a semblance of light as they seek to slowly repair and rebuild the damage, loss and sorrow that has been caused.
Loving God, we pray for all of those around the world who are blighted by suffering, many who’s plight we may never know or hear of, may you help them to find a way forward with love and support.
Merciful God, we pray for our church and its mission. Make your church ready to lose its life for your sake. Unite it in service, sustain it in suffering and let its love for others be genuine.
Everlasting God, lead us into the coming week, let us rejoice in the children heading back to school, starting the next exciting chapter in their lives. May their education and development be indicative of all that is good about being young, the thirst for knowledge and to do what is right and true, may they be allowed to prosper in home and school environments full of encouragement and enthusiasm. We pray that you watch over them and share in these joyous times.
Into your hands, gracious God, we commend all for whom we pray, trusting the power of Christ and the gifts of the spirit.