By Rachel Roney

Let us join together in prayer
Dear Gracious Father
You are the creator of all life. You opened your loving hand and filled all living things with plenty. And we are so grateful.
You have entrusted us to be stewards of your creation. And that is a monumental responsibility. Help us to realize that when You call us, You do not hand us a well-planned itinerary, but simply tell us to GO….to take a step of faith. And that you will walk with us along the way on our journey. Please give each of us the ability to determine what our gifts are and what our passion is. We all want to give back to the world, our community, and our church, but sometimes we just don’t know where to start.
Let each of us use this new year to re-commit to being good stewards of your kingdom. Help us to not feel overwhelmed and pulled in a million different directions, but through prayer and meditation find ways that we can make small changes in where we give and how we use our talents. Let those changes multiply and grow as we give and serve. Let the sacrifices that each of us makes be a way to help us clear away the clutter in our lives and see you more clearly.

Loving God, we pray for those who are in our prayer and care list and are each facing significant personal challenges. Lord, we give special thanks today for our mission of the month, Honor Flight Syracuse. Their amazing work supports our local veterans to travel to Washington DC and help reflect on their memorials. What a powerful ministry and mission to support our heroes who have given so much to our country. God, you are so good!

Loving Father, forgive us for those things we have done which have caused you sadness, and for those things that we should have done that would have brought you joy. Bring us back to that place where our journey began when we said we would follow…

And now, in these quiet moments of prayer & meditation, hear our individual voices.

By Dot, Hall

Lord God,

We come to you today with abundant thankfulness for a year filled with your gracious love. There were days when it was so easy to sing your praises from the mountaintops, and days when we asked: “where are you Lord?” But through the entire year, you never left our side. You heard every cry, every cheer, every thank you. You loved us when we failed and you loved us when we succeeded. You caught us when we fell and you held us when we were afraid.

As we enter into 2018, we ask that you continue to stand by us, to lead us closer to you and the path you chose for us. Help us to not be fearful of that path. Help us make trusting you a new year resolution we work hard to keep. Remind us that all we need comes from you and that you can accomplish more than we can even imagine! Help us to feel your peace as we draw nearer to you and trust your ways.

Lord, as we prepare to bring our personal prayers to you, we ask you to hold Cris, Aimee, Robin, Hugh, Morgan, Nathan, Erich, Suellen, Beth, Bill, Mark & Ann in your loving and healing arms. Surround them and their families with your peace and strength to face their situation, and let them feel the strength of our prayers today.

Now, Lord, we bring our personal prayers of concern and praise to you.

Thank you for hearing us Lord.

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