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March 26, 2020

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

 

You remain in my prayers as together we live one day to the next.

One gift from God that has come to the surface for me during this time is Gratitude. It seems that I’ve become more aware of all the goodness and blessings around us. Many of these are things that perhaps I’ve taken for granted in the past, before the virus. Of course when you reach my age, one realizes that the majority of years are behind me. Anyway, there are literally thousands of things to be thankful for.  How fortunate we are to live in this time and place.

 

It is hard to imagine what resources folks counted on when plagues, famines and wars swept through lands and countries in previous times. Thankfully we live in this moment.

 

So, I would invite you to join me in being aware of all that surrounds us, all the good that our Lord has graced us with. Might the Lord, “teach us to number our days,” and offer up to God our praise and thanks. Yes, times are scary and uncertain, no doubt. Many are suffering and are anxious and afraid. Therefore we pray for all and of course,  gratitude always leads to generosity as we care for those most vulnerable.

 

Our Lord Jesus continue to surround you with good care dear friends. Might God’s “holy angels have charge of us that the wicked one have no power over us.” ( From Luther’s morning and evening prayers. )

 

With Warm Regards,

Pastor Randy

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Intercessory Prayer in the midest of the spread of COVIC-19

O God our Healer, show your compassion for the whole human family that is in turmoil and burdened with illness and with fear.  Hear our cry, O God, 

Listen to our prayer.

Come to our aid as the coronavirus spread globally, heal those who are sick, support and protect their families and friends from being infected.  Hear our cry, O God, 

Listen to our prayer.

Grant us your spirit of love and self-discipline so that we may come together, working to control and eliminate the coronavirus.  Hear our cry, O God,

Listen to our prayer.

Make us vigilant, attentive, and proactive in the eradication of all diseases, malaria, dengue, HIV & AIDS, and others that create suffering and often result in death for many people.  Hear our cry, O God,

Listen to our prayer.

Heal our self-centeredness and indifference that make us worry only when the virus threatens us, open ways beyond timidity and fear that too easily ignore our neighbor.  Hear our cry, O God,

Listen to our prayer.

Strengthen and encourage those in public health services and in the medical profession:  care-givers, nurses, attendants, doctors, all who commit themselves to caring for the sick and their families.  Hear our cry, O God,

Listen to our prayer.

Inspire, give insight and hope to all researchers focused on developing a vaccine.  Hear our cry, O God,

Listen to our prayer.

Sustain all workers and business owners who suffer loss of livelihood due to shut-downs, quarantines, closed borders, and other restrictions.  Protect and guard all those who must travel.  Hear our cry, O God,

Listen to our prayer.

Guide the leaders of the nations that they speak the truth, halt the spread of misinformation and act with justice so that all your family may know healing.  Hear our cry, O God,

Listen to our prayer.

Heal our world, heal our bodies, strengthen our hearts and our minds, and in the midst of turmoil, give us hope and peace.  Hear our cry, O God,

Listen to our prayer.

Hold in your gentle embrace all who have died and who will die this day.  Comfort their loved ones in their despair.  Hear our cry, O God,

Listen to our prayer.

Remember all your family, the entire human race, and all your creation, in your love.

Amen!