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Prayer:

Dear God,

Not to us, O Lord, but to You goes all the glory.
We depend on you.
You give birth and breath and determine our days.
You make every nation and set every boundary.
We exist by your power. We exist for your glory.

Showcase your power through this land. Display your justice in our courts, wisdom in our governments, guidance in our schools and love in our homes.
Have mercy upon our sins. We have disrespected Your word, disregarded your gifts, discarded our children.
We are sorry. Forgive us, dear Father.
Grant strength to all our leaders. May they serve you first and honor you most.
Remind us of the brevity of this life and the beauty of the next.
Prepare our souls for the day we meet You in eternity.
This we pray in your holy name, Amen.

(Max Lucado)



Best Wishes:

Live Simply. Love generously. Care deeply. Speak kindly. Leave the rest to God.

(National Religious Broadcasters)

Friendships:

Throughout the Scriptures, many passages testify to the goodness and importance of our friendships. Good friends refresh us with their presence and love, and inspire us to embrace God’s purposes in our lives. But strong friendships don’t just happen; they require intentional cultivation and readiness,willingness to overcome common obstacles. Believers should have a vision of what friendships with others and with Jesus can become over the course of a lifetime.


"Prayer"
(from the Episcopalian "Solemn Collects"

Dear People of God:
Our heavenly Father sent his Son into the world, not to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved;
that all who believe in Him might be delivered from the power of sin and death, and become heirs with Him of everlasting life.
We pray, therefore, for the people everywhere according to their needs.That God will confirm His Church in faith, increase it in love, and preserve it in peace. (Let's pray...)

Almighty and everlasting God, by whose Spirit the whole body of your faithful people is governed and sanctified:
receive our supplications and prayers which we offer before you for all members of our holy Church, that in their vocation and ministry they may truly and devoutly serve you; through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen. (Let's pray...)

Let us pray for all nations and people of the earth, and for those in authority among them and for all who serve the common good;
that by God's help they may seek justice and truth, and live in peace and concord. (Let's pray...)

Almighty God; kindle, we pray, in every heart the true love of peace, and guide with your wisdom those who take counsel for the nations of the earth; that in tranquillity your dominion may increase, until the earth is filled with the knowledge of your love; through Jesus Christ our Lord. (Let's pray...)

Let us pray for all who suffer and are afflicted in body or in mind;
for the hungry and the homeless, the destitute and the oppressed,
for the sick, the wounded and the crippled,
for those in loneliness, fear and anguish,
for those who face temptation, doubt and despair,
for the sorrowful and bereaved,
for prisoners and captives, and those in mortal danger.
That God in His mercy will comfort and relieve them, and grant them the knowledge of his love, and stir up in us the will and patience to minister to their needs. (Let's pray...)

Gracious God, the comfort of all who sorrow, the strength of all who suffer: let the cry of those in misery and need come to you, that they may find your mercy present with them in all their afflictions; and give us, we pray, the strength to serve them for the sake of Him who suffered for us, your Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Let us pray for all who have not received the Gospel of Christ;
fo those who have never heard the word of salvation,
for those who have lost their faith,
for those hardened by sin or indifference,
for the contemptuous and the scornful,
for those who are enemies of the cross of Christ and persecutors of His disciples,
for those who in the name of Christ have persecuted others.
That God will open their hearts to the truth, and lead them to faith and obedience. (Let's pray...)

Merciful God, Creator of all the peoples of the earth and lover of souls:
have compassion on all who do not know you as you are revealed in your Son Jesus Christ; let your Gospel be preached with grace and power to those who have not heard it; turn the hearts of those who resist it; and bring home to your fold those who have gone astray; that there may be one flock under one shepherd, Jesus Christ our Lord. (Let's pray...)

Let us commit ourselves to our God, and pray for the grace of a holy life, that, with all who have departed this world and have died in the peace of Christ, and those whose faith is known to God alone, we may be accounted worthy to enter into the fullness of the joy of our Lord, and receive the crown of life in the day of resurrection. (Let's pray...)

O God of unchangeable power and eternal light:
look favorably on your whole Church, that wonderful and sacred mystery; by the effectual working of your providence, carry out in tranquillity the plan of salvation; let the whole world see and know that things which were cast down are being raised up, and things which had grown old are being made new, and that all things are being brought to their perfection by Him through whom all things were made, your Son Jesus Christ our Lord; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.


"Pray for each other"

Let's remember what our brothers and sisters are going through, and perhaps reaching out once in a while with a note of encouragement, or a phone call that would help them to still feel as though they are a part of our family.
I have heard it said, "If god brings you to it, He will bring you through it".

(Nancy Haag)


"Directions to a place called Success"

The road to success is not straight:

There is a curve called Failure,
a loop called Confusion,
speed bumps called Friends,
red lights called Enemies,
caution lights called Family.
You will have flats called Jobs.

But, if you have a spare called Determination,
an engine called Perseverance,
insurance called Faith,
a driver called Jesus...
you will make it to a place called Success.

(by Herb)