Joys and Concerns: 11/30/14

First Sunday in Advent

Thanks to Merv and Martha Matteson for lighting the first candle of Advent.
Come and renew us.  Come, Emanuel.

 “Come, O Redeemer, Come” (v. 1)      W&S #3046

“Father enthroned on high, Holy, holy.
Ancient, eternal Light, Hear our prayer.
“Come, oh Redeemer, come, Grant us mercy.
Come, oh Redeemer, come, Grant us peace.”

In these brief moments of quiet, may we find strength.  May our lives be rich in affection and deep in understanding and sympathy for each other.

Prayer leader:  Joan Krause

Let there be peace this day.  That’s what I was thinking this morning, Heavenly Father.  When I think of the actions of people, such as those in Ferguson, MO, and I go back to thinking about peace.

Let us consider the mysteries of this season.  Let us be thankful as we end this weekend of Thanksgiving.  Let us be thankful for this church, our homes, our food, our families.  Help us to be alert to what we can do for each other every day.

Sherron asks prayers for Sam who is very depressed over his situation in Canada, for Chuck who is sick, and for Sally who is now disabled.  Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Linda C. asks prayers for a co-worker whose brother had a major heart attack a week ago.  Please keep him in your prayers.  Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Hope lifts her friend Lewis in prayer this week.  He will be having spinal surgery on Thursday.  Guide the surgeon’s hands and provide quick healing.  Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Prayers are lifted for Leo who is under the weather this morning as he recovers from his surgery and J.T. Barrett for healing.  Also for the people of Ferguson, MO, for healing and hope.  Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Hope asks that we hold her dad Roy in prayer.  He is having a lung biopsy on Thursday to determine if the tumor is malignant.  Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Sandy faithfully lifts her dad Leroy and brother Randy in prayer for healing.  Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Prayers are asked for Joe Bruening’s family and friends.  Joe passed away last week.  He and his family had been members of Maynard years ago.  Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Prayers that Michael brings his gifts of creativity to Maynard.  Lord, in thanksgiving, hear our praise.

And as your children, we pray as Jesus taught us:

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.  Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread.  And forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.  And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.  For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever.  Amen.

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