Prayers for July
The synod encourages congregations to continue praying during Sunday worship for the renewal of the church by praying for congregations of the Southeastern Iowa Synod, other synods, and people throughout the world.
As we are sent into the world and everyday life to do God’s work, we pray that we be willing servants and disciples, trusting in the presence and power of God with us and in us—for the sake of the world.
The “neighbor” that Jesus directs our attention and concern to goes beyond the familiar person next door. We pray God will open our eyes and hearts to our neighbors who are strangers, who cause us discomfort, who disagree with us, who live in places we’ll never see or who are scorned by society.
We give thanks to God, creator of all things in heaven and on earth, for reconciling all humanity and creation through the sending and sacrifice of Jesus Christ—an undeserved gift of love and forgiveness.
We come to God in prayer, trusting in God’s patience and responsiveness to our concerns, appeals and expressions—spoken and unspoken—and ask that God will deepen our faith and teach us to pray without hesitation or self-consciousness.
We pray that our identities are not wrapped up in the comforts of personal success, abundance of possessions or greed but rather in the love of God that grounds our lives in generosity, service, concern for others and humility.
We also pray for…
Rev. Jim Adix for health concerns
Lorraine Jordan, Administrative Assistant to the Bishop, who is undergoing treatment for cancer.
For additional prayers please visit the ELCA Prayer Center.