Saint John's Weekly Congregational Care and Prayers
September 22, 2022
Rejoice always, pray constantly, and give thanks for everything –
for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.
1st Thessalonians 5:16 The Inclusive Bible
Prayers of Comfort
We ask for comfort for Jackson Shouba, Westwood High School, Akins High School, and all other students and high schools facing gun violence threats.
Prayers of Thanks
We give thanks for the many years of the gifted and dedicated musical leadership of Cina Crisara and Ed Snouffer,
Prayers for Hope, Help and Healing
We pray for hope for all who are experiencing the devastating effects of natural disasters – particularly those in Dominican Republic, Puerto Rica, and others in path of hurricanes.
We pray for those who face illness, medical treatment, mental health crisis, and recovery that they will feel God’s presence every step of the way, bringing them hope and healing of mind, body, and spirit.
Vivian S., Stew B’s cousin
Rick B., Susie B.’s cousin,
Carrie, friend of Mary M.
Cindy C., friend of Cina C
Bob Y., Natalie’s grandfather
Shannon D.’s family
Long term prayers:
Vicki M., Ryan’s mother.
Our Scripture reading Psalm 40:1-9
1 I waited patiently for the LORD; he inclined to me and heard my cry. 2 He drew me up from the desolate pit, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure. 3 He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will see and fear and put their trust in the LORD.
4 Happy are those who make the LORD their trust, who do not turn to the proud, to those who go astray after false gods. 5 You have multiplied, O LORD my God, your wondrous deeds and your thoughts toward us; none can compare with you. Were I to proclaim and tell of them, they would be more than can be counted.
6 Sacrifice and offering you do not desire, but you have given me an open ear Burnt offering and sin offering you have not required. 7 Then I said, “Here I am; in the scroll of the book it is written of me. 8 I delight to do your will, O my God; your law is within my heart.”
9 I have told the glad news of deliverance in the great congregation: see, I have not restrained my lips, as you know, O LORD.
Let us pray
Dear God, you have been present for us always – in our sadness, in our fear, and in our celebration. We praise your presence and generosity. May the words we speak, the music we make, and the life we live testify to your wonderful works. As we trust in you and share your good news, we hold you in our hearts and voices. Amen