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Joys & Concerns

Concerns:

  • Bishop Young, who suffered a major stroke this week.  He has a brain bleed and swelling, plus his kidney function is diminishing. He is in a N.O. hospital..
  • For Michael Franco, Sean Harrison, Jeffery Trufant who were injured in a plane crash in North Carolina.  Be with all people affected by tragic accident.
  • Because one of those injured is son of camp owners, Claire had to pick up emergency responsibilities.
  • On this Juneteenth celebration, please pray for racial reconciliation in our nation, and world.
  • Bridget – Will have surgery to get this malfunctioning pacemaker removed scheduled on the early morning of June 21st in Houston. Asking for prayers that all goes well with that and that she has no problems with getting to Houston.
  • Prayers for James Srp who has cancer that has metastisized.
  • Mary Lin McNeil and Amelia Merbler who have Elhor-Danlos syndrome and other autoimmune diseases for which there is no cure, and only medicines to help give relief.
  • Patrice has macular degeneration and is needing neck and back surgery later this summer.
  • Loretta Ozenne’s cancer has returned, Loretta is Joyce C’s sister.
  • Ben Terry, cancer and treatment at MD Anderson.
  • Continue to pray for those who have lost loved ones… a hole in one’s life that can be just as painful after many years as it is today…
  • Prayers for Bethany Basden – preeclampsia with her first pregnancy.
  • Michael Knapp appears to be suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease. This is causing him some consternation and we ask the Lord to give him serenity.

Joys:

  • Florence lifted up all High school graduating seniors.
  • Mark J.’s sister, Deb McGauhy is recovering well at home.
  • Thanksgiving for great hosting of recent Presbytery meeting
  • Safe travel for all summertime activities.
  • Gratitude, rest, and rejuvenation for school staff and students, especially graduates

Prayerful Ways to Start & End Your Day

Morning Prayer:
Almighty God, in awe I remember that you made me in your image and breathed the Spirit of life into me. I marvel that your Son, Jesus, took on flesh and bone just like mine, and gave himself for my salvation. Help me to live this day fully open to your presence.  Let me worship you alone with my body, mind, and spirit, delighting in what is good and turning from what is not. Let me love my neighbor as myself with all that you give me. Be patient with me, and help me to be patient with others. Teach me how to bring peace to those who are troubled and to show kindness, especially to the weak.  Today, let me seek your kingdom, through Jesus Christ, my Lord.  Amen.

Evening Prayer:
O God, guardian of your people, thank you for your care today.  As I move into evening, help me to recall with thanksgiving the wonders I have known, the joy I have felt, and your love I have received.  Forgive me for the ways in which I misused what you intend for good.  Jesus had nowhere to rest his head; let me rest in him.  I pray for all who are dear to me, that they, too, may abide in your care.  Grant the peace of sleep to all who are weary; and let us rise to a new day, giving you praise as we prepare for the eternal day you are bringing through Jesus Christ, the Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be all honor and glory, now and forever. Amen.

PRAYER FOR UKRAINE


“God of mercy, justice and peace:
Our spirits are heavy with sorrow, our souls shocked At the sudden and breathtaking violence,
the invasion of Ukraine by their neighbor, Russia.
We pray for lives caught in the grip of war, who hear the bombs in the night,
the ominous movement of troops on the road into town the whistle of incoming shells,
for a cry from a desperate neighbor or a shout of warning. For those who huddle in subways
and basements or flee for the borders, clutching their children’s hands.
We pray for families separated from fathers, brothers and sons who must remain to fight and
protect their homeland.
We pray for neighbors in Eastern and Central Europe
As their hearts and doors open to these refugees
That strained resources will become an abundance of hope
That fears and struggles with racism will yield to a generosity of profound welcome
That communities of faith within Ukraine will be protected from harm and sustained
in their efforts to feed and shelter their neighbors.
That peacemakers and protesters in Russia will be heard and their lives preserved.
May we undergird our prayers with tangible resources to help.
May we reach deeply, give generously, and welcome extravagantly.
May we lift our voices in a strong and unified advocacy.
May we all, even as we breathe in lament, breathe out mercy, hope and peace.
And in this Lenten season, when we walk the way toward death and resurrection, repent our
complicity in cultures of violence and renew our efforts toward justice and peace.”
–The Rev. Dr. Laurie Kraus, Director, Presbyterian Disaster Assistance
https://pda.pcusa.org/pda/resource/ukraine-prayer/

Closing Prayer, from “Moments With the Savior,” by Ken Gire May 1, 2022

Dear Lord Jesus,

          Thank you that no matter how miserably I have let you down, you are always there to pick me up. No matter how many times I have failed you, you are always there to forgive me. No matter how far I have drifted, you are always there on the shore, waiting for me to return—waiting with a comforting fire, warm food, and an affirming arm to put around my shoulder.
          I thank you, too, Lord, for how you arrange circumstances to restore me to a productive life of living for you. How you bring back the precious memories of a time when my love for you was so pure and intense. And how you gently recall to my mind the painful memories that need to be brought to the surface and healed.
          I love you for so many reasons, Jesus. I love you for calling me to follow you. I love you for the honor you have bestowed on me to labor with you in building your kingdom. I love you for teaching me so much. I love you for being so patient when I am so slow to learn. I love you for the great friend you are to me. I love you because you’re on my side, in my corner, fighting for me, not against me. I love you for all that I am because of you. I love you because with your tender hands you lift the crushed pile Satan leaves behind when he winnows, and you blow away the chaff. I love you that you don’t focus on those husked failures but rather on the kernel, however small, of genuine love left in your palm. And seeing it, you take great delight.
          Thank you for all the intimate moments we spend together. I know they mean as much to you as they do to me; and if the whole truth were known, probably more. It thrills me to know that I have contributed, even in a small way,
To your divine pleasure. And that I can bring a smile to the face of God.
          Thank you for all those special people you put in my life. I ask that you send the same healing you have given me to those whom I love. And for those hurting souls around the world who need to know that inner peace that only you can bring… even in the face of all the turmoil that surrounds us.
Thank you for the privilege of sitting at your nail-scarred feet, and gathering at your life-giving Table. Grant me the grace to never regard those privileges casually or to neglect them but to come there humbly, and to come there often.
Help me to understand that only a few things really are necessary in life. And when you get right down to it, only one: to sit at our feet… listening… looking into your eyes… and adoring you…