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a) He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.

And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly[a] with your God. Micah 6: 8


b) Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Romans 12:12


c) But those who suffer he delivers in their suffering; he speaks to them in their affliction. Job 36:15


Prayer

No one is more praiseworthy than you Father. You, who gives everything life and provide eternal life to us by way of your sacrifice of your Son and His blessed resurrection. We confess our sins and ask for your mercy. The elimination of systemic racism is in your power and we ask for your miracle, as mere mortals start the process of understanding, resolving and healing. Special blessings are requested for all those fighting the Covid-19 challenge all over the world and for those who are grieving today for those who have died of the virus. Give us courage empathy and your love. All this in your son’s name. Amen


Song

Laura Story addresses suffering and the blessings available to all of us:



Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good. Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another; not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer; distributing to the needs of the saints, given to hospitality.


Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. Be of the same mind toward one another. Do not set your mind on high things but associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own opinion.

Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men. If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men. Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. 


Therefore, “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; ff he is thirsty, give him a drink; for in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil but overcome evil with good.


- Romans 12:9-21


Prayer

Father, Abba we praise you for the eternal life you have promised us. Mistakes have been made for which we are sorry and seek your mercy. Today we ask your blessing for George Floyd’s soul and all those who grieve for him. Equally important is your loving hand in making constructive change to prevent this from happening again. You have taught us that everyone can be redeemed if they just put their faith in you, so we also pray for policeman Derek Chauvin, peaceful demonstrators as well as those who have been destructive. Come holy spirit and heal our land. We ask this in your son’s precious name. Amen.




Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?

- Mathew 6:26


They are always generous and lend freely; their children will be a blessing.

- Psalm 37:26


On this night all the Israelites are to keep vigil to honor the Lord for the generations to come.

- Exodus 12:42


Prayer

Praise to you Lord for the beautiful creation of our earth. We see you in the trees, the wind and in the children. The high school graduates and those confirmed Sunday remind us of your power to transform each of our lives as well as the Church building. We are flawed Lord and we seek your mercy in your perfect judgement. Your blessings are needed for all the abused, neglected and hungry children and their parents placed in pandemic-caused physical and financial isolation. We also seek relief for those stricken with floods and locusts in western Africa that they will find nourishment. We pray all this in your Son’s precious name. Amen


Song

Zach Williams and Dolly Pardon remind us that Jesus is always there especially during tough times:


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