Reading and Prayer from the Worship Service
Joshua 2: 8-14
Before the spies lay down for the night, she went up on the roof and said to them, “I know that the Lord has given you this land and that a great fear of you has fallen on us, so that all who live in this country are melting in fear because of you. We have heard how the Lord dried up the water of the Red Sea for you when you came out of Egypt, and what you did to Sihon and Og, the two kings of the Amorites east of the Jordan, whom you completely destroyed. When we heard of it, our hearts melted in fear and everyone’s courage failed because of you, for the Lord your God is God in heaven above and on the earth below.
“Now then, please swear to me by the Lord that you will show kindness to my family, because I have shown kindness to you. Give me a sure sign that you will spare the lives of my father and mother, my brothers and sisters, and all who belong to them—and that you will save us from death.”
“Our lives for your lives!” the men assured her. “If you don’t tell what we are doing, we will treat you kindly and faithfully when the Lord gives us the land.”
PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING AND INTERCESSION:
This prayer is an adaptation of a Canadian Foodgrains Bank worship resource
All good gifts around us are sent from heaven above,
so we lift our hearts up to you, God,
in praise and thanksgiving.
As we count our blessings, and acknowledge your goodness,
our hearts go out to those who do not have,
and who are in need.
We thank you for plentiful harvests and full refrigerators
and ask that you supply the needs of those who are hungry.
We thank you for jobs that provide for our families
and supply the needs of our society,
and pray that you would care for those who have no work,
or the dignity and purpose it brings.
We thank you for our healthcare system
And for frontline workers so faithfully providing care
We pray for those who are sick and we pray that you would calm anxieties and fears
In this uncertain time.
We thank you for opportunities and choices,
for meaning and challenges,
and pray that you would give a sense of purpose
to those who feel trapped.
We thank you for family and friends who love us and care for us
and pray that you would befriend those who are alone.
Lord, the abundance of the harvest
is a symbol of the abundance of your love in our lives.
May we live in a spirit of gratitude to you
and generosity to our neighbour.
Loving God, in this season and all year long,
give to us the gift of a thankful heart,
so that we may acknowledge you as the giver
of all that is good in our lives.
In the name of Jesus we ask it.
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name
Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread
And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For Thine is the kingdom, and the power,
and the glory, for ever and ever, Amen.