Dear Heavenly Father,
How majestic is your name in all the earth. We offer praise this day to You, giver of all good and perfect gifts. We thank you for the beauty of the earth, the change of the seasons, the wonder of creation, and the amazing gift of our Savior, Jesus Christ. Help us to always be mindful of these gifts by protecting our world and spreading the love of Christ.
We have been showered with blessings in abundance. We ask that you put in our hearts the want and the need to give abundantly so that this, your church, can carry out its faithful mission of helping others; to finish this year strong. And, Father, with the help of the Holy Spirit help us make a deeper commitment for next year.
Lord, put in the hearts of our country’s leaders compassion, tolerance, and understanding. Give us strength to do your work on this earth as we feed the hungry, clothe the naked, comfort the grieving, heal the sick, and take care of the infirm in mind. Help us to remember that all people are created in the image of God and so deserve our love and respect. Be with those who suffer in body, mind, or spirit, and give them comfort.
Bestow on our world leaders caution and restraint in their work for international peace. Give them fruitful talks and productive negotiations. And in the end, may they be the instruments for peace in the future.
O God, help us, through faithful stewardship, to be a church who sows bountifully so that we may reap bountifully. Help us to dig deep in our pockets so that we may complete all our mission work in your Son’s name, Amen.
Mrs. Martha T. Bean, Elder