May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace
as you trust in him, so that you may overflow
with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Romans 15:13
Thoughts on Today's Verse
Hope and joy and peace sound terrific. Two things are vital for these two blessings to be a part of our lives. First, we must trust God to meet our needs and get us to where we need to be. Second, we expect the power of the Holy Spirit to bless us and empower us with God's qualities.

The Thoughts and Prayer on Today's Verse are written by Phil Ware. You can email questions or comments to
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Prayer Through the Ages
Support us, O Lord, all the day long until the shadows lengthen, the evening comes, the busy world is hushed, the fever of life is over and our work is done. Then in your mercy, grant us a safe lodging, a holy rest and peace at the last; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

John Henry Newman (1801-1890)

Prayer of the Day
Dear Father in heaven, we thank you that we may be your children. We thank you for giving us your Spirit so that we may truly be your children. Gather us into community with you so that our minds and hearts and all that is in us may realize what joy can come to us through your gifts. Through Jesus Christ the Lord. we pray

We are happy for Charlie Cassidy, who had successful surgery and is now back home and doing well.

A former member is asking for prayers for a friend of his who now lives in Germany. His friend has been in the hospital for a month due to problems with a liver transplant that she had a year ago and now is fighting Covid as well. 

For Pat Washburn's friend Marilyn Maxwell who passed away after a fight with cancer.

We pray for the vulnerable. For the sick, the aged, the chronically ill, the immunocompromised, those with pre-existing conditions, Lord, protect them from harm. Be their comforter and their strength.

For those who have died from COVID19. We ask that you hold them in your gentle embrace. Comfort their loved ones in their despair.

Lord hear us as in these times of the coronavirus we need your mercy, your intercession, your love. Without You there is grief in our hearts, anxiety on our minds, suffering before our eyes.

For our friends working the Covid19 front lines: Alayne Snyder, Drs. Johnny and Riny Kovoor. and Erik Lindholm. Direct their hands and all their colleagues worldwide, protect them from illness and sustain their energy.

We ask your guidance for all those who are struggling, who are looking for hope. Where we have felt discouraged, renew us through signs of hope.

We have in our thoughts and prayers friends who have moved afar but are still close in our hearts: Marilyn Van Tine, Pauline and Marty Bluver and their entire family, Barbara and Charlie Cassidy and Erna Burton.

Holy Spirit, as families adjust to everyone being home we ask that You guide people in their new realities. Give spouses grace for each other. Prompt worn-out parents to speak words of kindness and encouragement to their children.

We also miss and pray for the Rhinehardt family, Sophia Kovoor, Sean Hitch, Kathy and Mike Weinlein and all of our friends who call Valhalla home but are scattered to other states at the present time.

Though the world today is in turmoil, in doubt, lost in material things, grant us inner quiet to receive from you the power of faith. For through faith we can learn to know what you are and what you will be to all humankind one day. We bring all these prayers to you Lord through Your Son Jesus the Christ. Amen
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