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Weekly Prayer Message
God of life and breath, you are our source of hope:
+ We give thanks for your gifts of life and love;
+ sustain us when we are feeling weary, broken, lost, or frightened;
+ open our hearts and minds to hear your word and call;
+ reform in us what needs reforming;
+ inspire us to be your hands and voice in your world;
+ strengthen us to take action to seek justice for our neighbors;
+ grant us courage and creativity to joyfully share your Good News.

We pray for your world and your people:
+ Again, oh Lord, we grieve the murders of your beloved people. We plead that you renew and strengthen our commitment and courage to face the painful truth of gun violence in our country — to prevent gun violence. Guide us as we attend to traumatized individuals, families, and communities. Embolden us to advocate for common-sense gun safety laws. (As was lifted up at our synod assembly, find the 1994 the ELCA social message Community Violence, calling for advocacy to end the cycle of violence in the U.S. Find more information and resources HERE.)

+ Our prayers continue for the fear, loss, and devastation in Ukraine and other war-torn areas of our world. May a wise peaceful path be found and followed soon. We pray for all who are in danger and all who have had to flee their homes. We pray for those families who have lost loved ones. Loving God, may your peace reign.

+ We pray for all who seek refuge. May we find ways to support them in their time of crisis. (Support our new neighbors - Lutheran Community Services NW - lcsnw.org/ and Lutheran Immigration & Refugee Service - lirsconnect.org/get_involved/action_center/siv)

+ We pray for those who are without home or shelter. We lift up the ministries in our synod working to help create and provide better access to shelter and care.

We pray for those who are grieving:
+ Gracious God, wrap your arms of love and hope around all who are experiencing any kind of loss, disconnection, or brokenness;

We pray for all who are in need of healing and strength:
+ We pray for those who are facing ongoing health concerns:
Abi Griffith (daughter of Rev. Eric Griffith), Dn. Nan Beth Walton, Rev. Ron Melver, Pr. Mikkel Hustad, and David Hillesland, father of Rev. Ivar Hillesland (Church of the Apostles, Seattle).

+ We pray for our neighbors who are fearful or in danger in their relationships. Sustain those who protect, support, and advocate for people who are experiencing domestic violence. (Reach out here for help: https://wscadv.org/get-help-now/)

We pray for your church:
+ We pray for all who are participating in mission trips and service-learning experiences this summer. May their efforts exemplify compassion, respect, mutual relationship, intentional partnership, and our call to love and serve our neighbor as Christ loves and serves us.

+ Guide us to recognize our prejudices and empower us take action to eliminate the persistent institutional racism that permeates our world, country, communities, courts, church, and hearts.
-- we lift up our Strategic Team for Authentic Diversity as they continue to resource our rostered leaders;

+ We pray for our Rostered Ministers who are taking sabbatical leave this summer. May this time bring a sense of rest and renewal for them, for their families, and their congregations. We give thanks for those who are stepping into pulpit supply, pastoral care coverage, and leadership roles to support these important leave-taking endeavors. 

+ From our prayer calendar, we pray for these ministries and their rostered leaders: 
-- Faith Lutheran Church (Seattle) and Pr. Shannyn Fuerst;
-- Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church (Concrete) and their lay leaders;
-- for all who will be attending the ELCA Churchwide Assembly in Columbus, Ohio next week, August 8-12, including these voting members from our synod: Bp. Shelley Bryan Wee, Synod VP Kay Edgerton, Rev. Esau Cuevas, Eli Daheim, Curt Eidem, Frankin Lulan, Laura Sasaki Norton, Kasey Shultz, and Rev. Rachel Swenson; and Rev. Joanne Engquist (Gethsemane/Seattle) who serves on the ELCA Church Council;
-- our Companion Synod: The Evangelical Lutheran Church in European Russia;
-- the Greater Milwaukee Synod and their bishop, the Rev. Paul Erickson.

+ We give thanks for the many years of service of our retired pastors & deacons. This week we celebrate these retired ministers: Deacon Paul Anderson, Rev. David Angersbach, and Rev. Everett Arnold.

+ We give thanks for these rostered ministers celebrating milestones in the month of August:
15 years: Rev. Ryan Rouse
20 years: Rev. Dave Thomas
25 years: Rev. David Hahn
40 years: Rev. Gary Dalenius & Joe Kutzke
50 years: Rev. Paul Fauske
55 years: Rev. Jim Leistikow & Phil Maakestad
60 years: Rev. Don Maier
(Watch this celebration video, featuring all 2022 anniversary folks shown at our June synod assembly)

+ We pray for ministries and leaders in transition.
-- we pray for the leaders who are guiding ministries in a time of transition: transition teams, call committees, transition ministers, care pastors, congregation staff and lay leaders, and synod staff;
-- we lift up the Rev. Chris Ode and the Living Stones Prison Congregations as they enter a time of transition. Pr. Chris has now concluded his call as chaplain of Living Stones. He will soon begin serving as associate chaplain for the eliseo retirement community (formerly Tacoma Lutheran Home in the Southwestern Washington Synod) and begin training to become a school psychologist beginning this fall. We hold Pr. Chris, the men of Living Stones, and the Living Stones leadership board in prayer.
-- we pray for all who are in discernment and/or awaiting call.

May our prayers rise before you as incense.
+ Your mercy is everlasting and your faithfulness endures from age to age;
+ Sustain, uplift, and encourage us as we live into your calling;
+ Trusting in your mercy and grace, we lift our prayers to you.

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Email susan@lutheransnw.org if you have a prayer petition or update.
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