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Weekly Prayer Message - June 9, 2021
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 broken, lost or frightened;
+ open our hearts and minds to hear your word and call;
+ 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 our world, nation, and local communities.
+ God of all people, we lift to you this nation. We pray for reconciliation and healing in this country. We pray for a way forward where all people are treasured and supported. Instill in us the strength and wisdom to join in your way of peace, justice, and love.

+ As we approach the end of this school year, we hold in prayer teachers and all who work in education. We honor the hard work, dedication, creativity, and compassion they have shown over this last academic year and beyond. May they know our appreciation and respect.

+ We celebrate with all who are graduating this year. We give thanks for each graduate - for the gifts they have been given, the knowledge they have gained, the skills they have honed, and for the perseverance they have shown - especially in this last year. As they begin new phases of their lives, may they continue to know God's love and experience God's peace in all the experiences they encounter

+ We give thanks for the expansive diversity of your creation. During this Pride Month, we especially honor and celebrate the gifts of our LGBTQIA+ siblings. Teach us to love people, just as they are, and embrace their identity fully, as you have embraced us. Help us continue to seek ways to support all of your people - beautifully and wonderfully made, all in Your image. (Find congregational resources here: www.reconcilingworks.org/virtualpride2021/)

+ 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 those communities where insecurity, violence, and fear are the norm. Help us to bring healing, wholeness, and safety to these siblings. Inspire our leaders and guide us to be better advocates for the sake of each member in our community - especially those who have little power and no voice.

+ We pray for those who are hungry. Stir us to action to lift up our neighbors and seek policies that support them. We give thanks for our partnership with ELCA World Hunger - helping us find sustainable solutions to end hunger and provide nourishment domestically and abroad.

+ We pray for seasonal workers who depend on summer income for their livelihood, that they will find safe, fulfilling employment that pays a fair wage. We pray that we will express our gratitude and respect for their work and service.

+ We pray for those places, people, and animals affected by natural disasters. Grant safety in the midst of chaos and fear; grant strength to those affected as they recover and rebuild. Help us to be generous partners with Lutheran Disaster Response and encourage our mindful work in disaster preparedness: www.region1beprepared.org.

+ We lift up all in our communities who provide emergency services - those who respond first to bring aid: emergency medical workers, firefighters, community volunteers, and police. Grant them wisdom and safety in their work.

We pray for all who are in need of healing and strength:
+ We pray for those who are facing ongoing health concerns:
Glen Aaberg, Christine Finsand, Abi Griffith, Nan Beth Walton, Pam Miles, Ron Melver, Heidi Fish, and Bishop Michael Lozano (Northwestern Pennsylvania Synod);

+ We pray for those who are awaiting diagnoses and treatment plans. Grant them peace and courage. Remind them that they are not alone.

+ We mourn with our fellow siblings as this pandemic continues to claim lives and livelihoods.. Bring peace and comfort to the families whose loved ones have died. Grant healing for those diagnosed and recovering. Protect and sustain medical workers, care providers, first responders, and chaplains. Guide those working distribute the vaccines. Sustain for those who are facing financial uncertainty due to loss of income. Help us all to be wise, vigilant, and compassionate in our actions.

+ 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 lift up those experiencing anxiety, depression, and other mental health challenges.
Empower us to reach out to those who need care and support.

+ For those who are in despair, remember you are loved. You are never beyond God's mercy, grace, and love. 
1-800-273-8255 (National Suicide Prevention Hotline)
1-888-628-9454 (Red Nacional de Prevención del Suicidio)
1-800-799-4889 (TTY)
1-877-574-4729 (Trevor project/ LGBTQIA+ under 24)
1-877-565-8860 (Trans Lifeline/Trans Folx)
1-800-273-8255 (Veterans Crisis Line)

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

+ We lift up Pr. Diakonda Gurning (Bethel, Shoreline) following the death of his 100-year-old grandmother, Lemeria Panjaitan, earlier this week. Cards of care may be sent to: 17529 15th Ave NE, Shoreline, WA 98155.

+ We lift up Pr. Darla DeFrance (Columbia City Church of Hope, Seattle) following the death of her aunt, Nani Martin, earlier this week. Cards of care may be sent to:3818 S Angeline St, Seattle, WA 98118.

We pray for your church:
+ We pray for those who will be ordained this weekend:
--Sean Avery (a word & sacrament candidate) has accepted a call to serve as pastor at Joy Lutheran Church in Eagle River, Alaska! Service will be Friday, June 11 at 6:30pm at Christ the Servant. Attendance is limited - please join via Facebook Livestream here:
--Luke Morgan Allgeyer (a word and service candidate) has been called to serve as a chaplain at Providence Hospice of Seattle. Service will be Sunday, June 13 at 10:30am at Columbia City Church of Hope in Seattle. Attendance is limited, you may join by zoom here.
God bless these two new ministers - and the ministries they will serve!

+ We celebrate the many years of service of our retired pastors and deacons.
This week we give thanks for these retired rostered ministers:
Laurin Vance, Fred Vonderlage, and Marlys Waldo;

+ From our prayer calendar, we pray for these ministries, their lay & rostered leaders: 
-- Faith Lutheran (Seattle) and Pr. Shannyn Fuerst;
-- Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran (Startup); and Pr. Tom Hamren;
-- our Synod Treasurer Bart Brosten and the Finance Committee;
-- the Oregon Synod and their bishop, Rev. Laurie Larson Caesar;
-- our Companion Synod: The Evangelical Lutheran Church in European Russia.

+ We pray for ministries and leaders in transition.
-- grant all in transition wisdom and patience as they discern where it is that you are leading them;
-- we lift up the leaders who are guiding ministries in a time of transition: transition teams, call committees, transition pastors, congregation staff and lay leaders, and synod staff.

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.

Amen.

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Please note: direct permission is needed prior to inclusion. 
Email susan@lutheransnw.org if you have a prayer petition or update.
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Northwest Washington Synod / ELCA
5519 Phinney Avenue North
Seattle, WA 98103
206-783-9292