Prayers for the Celebration of a Covenant

This Sunday the congregations of St. Philip Lutheran and Maranatha Lutheran churches are celebrating the first anniversary of our Covenant Partnership.  These prayers reflect this celebration and emphasis.

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Since God has promised to hear our prayers, we offer our concerns for the world, the church, and all in need, saying, “Lord, in your mercy,” and responding, “Hear our prayer.”

[Short pause]

God of covenant, you have reached out to us, making us your baptized people.  Continue to guide us as we live into our covenant with you, and with each other.  Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God of relationship,  you walk with us in all of our interactions.  Open our eyes to see the loving possibilities which surround us.  Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God of partnership, you have brought these two congregations together, and blessed us with one year of ministry.  As we give you thanks, show us more opportunities to share your Good News in this community.  Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God of hope, no one is pointless; nothing is without purpose.  Enable us to trust your promise that all people are loved by you, that all people are blessed by you, that all people are capable of sharing you.  Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God of healing, nothing separates us from your care.  Therefore we ask you to send us to the sick and suffering, the lonely and bereaved, the poor and outcast, so that we may share what you have given us.  We especially pray for those we name before you now.
[Long pause]
Lord, in your mercy,

Hear our prayer.

God of covenant, you have reached out to us, making us your baptized people.  Continue to guide us as we live into our covenant with you, and with each other.  Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

We offer these prayers, as well as the unspoken desires of our hearts, to you, loving God, in the name of Jesus.
Amen.

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