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North Port Community
United Church of Christ

 
Our Prayer Corner

 

Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker; for He is our God
and we are the people of His pasture, the flock under His care.
--The Bible,
Psalm 95:6-7

For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them.
--The Bible, Matthew 18:20
 
Thursday, at 7:00 pm., Community Prayer Service in the Sanctuary,
at North Port Community United Church of Christ
 

Prayer is one of the most important spiritual resources we possess.  Yet, most of our prayer is done individually except for a few moments on Sunday morning.  Meanwhile, in our lives and the world around us, the power of prayer is desperately needed to help us live through the many challenges we face.  And prayer is especially powerful when it is done together!  As a special feature, prior to the Service, our church phone line 941-426-5580 will be open from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm for specific prayer requests.  If you cannot attend the service personally, but call our Prayer Line prior to the Service, your prayer concern will be included.

Mark Gabriel
Paul Begen
Wilma Hunnius
Walter Covert
Dulanna Rothert
June Oliver
Mary Ann Garcia
Cindy Hogan
Rick Tettelbach
Sandra Wedal
Jet Worth
Hilda Dillman
John Hugel—Home
Ann Nass
Laura DeRonde
Nancy Diernbach
Bill Vannoy
Kim Butler
Ellie Begen
Paul Williams
April DeWitt
Frank Bongiovanni
Jasmine Cox
Albert Federico
Mary Kilchenmann
Helen Robinson
Ken Lovejoy
Jim Neal
Lewis Record
John Bonebreak
Dottie Sullivan
Robert David Miller
Cheryl Mulhern
Bill Simmermon
Bette Babenzien
Ethel Leavitt
Joyanne Secord
Ann Gracia
Dodie Bizer
John Hugel Sr.
Katie Couch
Polly Graves
Chris Adams
Ruth Colleen Adams
Mil Craft 
Pam Sheridan
Charles Zimmerman
Jeffery Diehl

 

Please also remember the following in your Prayers

 

 
Carl Smith—son of Norm and Anne Smith  
Chris Stevens, cousin of Jeff and Ruth Brott             
June Grier, friend of Joan Mosser                              
Peggy Trapp, friend of Martha DeRonde
Cindy Laishley, friend of Jeannette Worth 
Linda Pickering, friend of Blaine & Jane Potter
Kevin Ross—friend of Ralph & Becky Rooney     
Vadnia Owens, cousin of Marion Neil                     
Brian Caukin—Nephew of Joan Hanley                 
Javaughn Barnett, Sharon Miller’s Godson           
Deidre Howard, daughter of Mildred Lopez           
Nancy Rowell, Carmen Crocker’s sister-in-law      
Margaret Thompson, cousin of Barbara Gordon
Angie Ortiz, friend of Barbara Gordon                    
Martha Reed, sister of Marvin Kelly
Marian Muller—mother of Marian Holsinger       
Victor Burke, friend of Pam & Louzan Edwards
Louise Albano, friend of Ray and Joan Bentley     
Bernie Ayott, friend of Barbara Gordon
Jan Fader, friend of Peggy & Leroy Schaeffer       
Lolita Ramsudan, friend of Barbara Gordon          
Cynthia Rockefeller-Braga—sister of Valerie Sardell 
Michael and Howard Buckley—relatives of Tricia Hugel
Robert Theurer, cousin of Don and Jean Grim
Dottie Blair, Aunt of Laurie Colton-Farrar
Henry Goertz, brother of Ruth Reiselt

 

 
   

Military Prayer List

"Lord our God, provide wisdom, insight and clear vision of your will, for all our senior military and political leaders, The President, his Cabinet, the Secretary of Defense, the Service Secretaries and the flag and SES level personnel under their direction. Provide protection, mercy and care for all deployed service members, DOD civilians and their extended families worldwide. I pray for their safety, and that they might know of your eternal love, mercy and forgiveness. Provide your leading, oh Lord our God to each employee of the Pentagon, both military and civilian that we might provide our best in service to our Nation, our family and community. Protect and sustain us during this day that, in each mission we perform, we might know of your unfailing grace. Empower me this day, that I will value each person's contributions, create a supportive work environment, foster mutual trust and respect in the work place, and seek your direction for my own spiritual and professional growth."

 

 Col. William Mason (in Georgia, Nephew of Austin and Marion Turkington),   Sgt. Damien Gerrior (Pope Air Force Base, Grandson of Ginny Sanborn). Major Chaplain Scott Weichl (in Iraq, friend of Dick and Wanda Tettelbach) PO3 Raphael Ortiz lll (in Kuwait, husband of Jennifer Ortiz, Thursday evening Girl Scout Leader). Lt. AB Sean J. Stahlhut, Great Grandson of Dottie Strodtman, Don Wyatt,(in Iraq), Lance Corporal Seamus Bryan (stationed in Iraq). Gary Hogan, serving in Iraq, MSgt. Bobby S. Briggs, USAF in Iraq, Lt. Benjamin Perry (in Kuwait) grandson of Carlton and Alyda Carpenter. PFC. Matthew Drake (recovering from injuries in Iraq) cousin of Richard and Janice Panko, Mark Large, in Iraq, Garndson of Dick and Wanda Tettelback,  Col. John Hudson, in Iraq, cousin of Hilda Dillman, Col. Pam Adams, in Iraq. Chad Eschemback, in Iraq, Nathan Gram, in Iraq. Sergeant Emily Frankford.


Awesome Power of Prayer

It was a cold winter's day that Sunday. The parking lot to the church was filling up quickly. I noticed as I got out of my car that fellow church members were whispering among themselves as they walked to the church.

As I got closer I saw a man leaned up against the wall outside the church. He was almost laying down as if he was asleep. He had on a long trench coat that was almost in shreds and a hat topped his head, pulled down so you could not see his face. He wore shoes that looked 30 years old, too small for his feet with holes all over them, his toes stuck out. I assumed this man was homeless, and asleep, so I walked on by through the doors of the church.

We all gathered for fellowship for a few minutes, and someone brought up the man laying outside. People and gossiped but no one bothered to ask him to come in, including me. A few moments later church began.

We all waited for the Preacher to take his place and to give us the Word, when the doors to the church opened. In came the homeless man walking down the aisle with his head down. People gasped and whispered and made faces.

He made his way down the aisle and up onto the pulpit he took off his hat and coat. My heart sank. There stood our preacher. He was the "homeless man." No one said a word.

The preacher took his Bible and laid it on the stand. "Folks, I don't think I have to tell you what I am preaching about today." Then he started singing the words to this song. 

"If I can help somebody as I pass along.
If I can cheer somebody with a word or song. 
If I can show somebody that he's traveling wrong. 
Then my living shall not be in vain."

Justice --- When you get what you deserve
Mercy ----- When you don't get what you deserve
Grace ----- When you get what you don't deserve

PRAYER:
May today there be peace within you. 
May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be.
May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith. 
May you be content knowing that you are a child of God. 
Let His presence settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, and to bask in the sun. It is there for each and every one of you.


Anonymous Prayers

ALL THAT WE HAVE

Almighty God, Giver of every good and perfect gift, teach us to render unto You all that we have and all that we are, that we may praise You not with our lips only but with our whole lives, turning the sorrows and the joys of each successive day into a living contribution to Your life.

SUFFERERS

Dear God, who ever feels the pain of the world: we are grateful that You enfold all sick and suffering persons with Your love, that in the midst of pain we may find Your presence. We are thankful to family and friends, to doctors and nurses who seek to give health again in body and soul.

STRENGTH

God of our days and our nights, brace us and hearten us as we face our daily duties. In our hours of weariness and discouragement, You save us from self-pity. In our moments of achievement, You keep us humble. So may we worthily fulfill our tasks and meet the duties of our day.

FOR LIFE MORE ABUNDANT

Gracious God, we pray that we may help to feed the hungry, clothe the needy, heal the sick, and better enable Your children everywhere to live a more abundant life.

LIGHTING OF THE CANDLES

Lest I forget the great traditions of freedom and faith which are the heritage of humanity; lest I forget the pioneers, the statesmen, the bridge builders, the artists; and lest I forget You, the God of our forebears who is our God also: I light this candle of remembrance.

For the hope of a better world, in which righteousness and peace shall prevail among the people of the earth, and to create which is the task of the generations in which we stand, as well as for the courage and faith we shall need if we are to carry on this unfinished work: I light this candle of consecration.

May each flame upon the altar of freedom’s faith shine in our hearts always, reminding us of the fearful places to which we may carry light and strengthening us in moments of doubt and discouragement with unwavering faith in You whom we serve and whose we are.

THE GRACE TO LISTEN

O God, as I grow in experience, I pray I may keep from the fatal habit of thinking I must say something on every subject and on every occasion. Release me from craving to try to straighten out everyone’s affairs. Give me the grace to listen to the tales of others’ pains, but seal my lips to my own increasing aches and pains since my love of rehearsing them grows stronger as the years go by. Keep me reasonably sweet; I do not want to become a sour old person. May I be thoughtful but not moody; helpful but not bossy. With my growing store of wisdom, it seems a pity not to use it all—but You know, O God, that I don’t want to lose all my friends!

SLOW ME DOWN...YET ALSO

Slow me down, O God. Ease the pounding of my heart by the quieting of our mind.

Yet also, wake me up. Shake the complacency out of my soul by opening my mind to the cry of the wounded, the refugees wandering without homes, the homeless at home, and the children who starve.

Steady my hurried pace with a vision of the eternal reach of time;

Yet also, quicken my steps with a vision of the urgent action now required to cure the causes of stunted growth, premature death, battered women, and abused children.

Give me, amid the confusion of the day, the calmness of the everlasting hills;

Yet also, alert my eyes not to the comforting illusion of constancy divorced from change, but rather to such sharp reality as deep poverty surrounding us at home and abroad.

Break the tensions of my nerves and muscles with the soothing music of the singing streams;

Yet also, give me amid the calm days of our years, a soul which is prepared to cope with the confusion occurring amidst new creation in the cities and the countries of the earth.

Help me to know the magical, restoring power of sleep;

Yet also, break the chains of euphoria deluding me to think that I am acting responsibly when I do no more than listen to music which protects my feet from marching.

Remind me of the fable of the hare and the tortoise, that I may know that there is more to life than increasing its speed;

Yet also, remind me of the fable of the astrologer who fell plumb to the bottom of a well, not seeing his feet while reading the sky.

Slow me down, O God, and inspire me to send my roots deep into the soil of life’s enduring values, that I may grow more surely toward the stars;

Yet also, wake me up, so our eyes may see the people around me and my arms may be open to embrace the suffering who cry.

PRAYER OF A PARENT

Now that the children are asleep, dear God, I am tired and would spend a half hour in stillness. May my burning heart feel Your ever-renewing power. May my clouded spirit be lost in the clarity of Your wisdom. May I not be annoyed by the little things of life. You give me a large view, a sense of proportion, so I can truly judge what is important, what is not. I turn to You for strength to be a fine parent to my children, knowing how to help them to unfold their dreams, as well as to care for their bodies. May they grow up healthy, creatively affirming life.

YOU

You are the path and the God that paths never reach. You feed and sustain all that we see. You are the trembling grass and the tiger that creeps over it. You are the light in sun and moon, and the sounds fading into silence. You are the sanctity of sacred books. You are the good that destroys evil.


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