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Monthly Prayer Vigil
 
First Saturday of every month from 10:00am – 4:00pm in Grace’s sanctuary.
The front door will be open.
 
 
Stephen Ministers
 
Stephen Ministers are available in marked areas every Sunday during communion. 
 
 
Prayer Box
 
Please feel free to leave your prayer requests in the prayer box on the Stephen Ministers’ table in the narthex.  
 
 
Caring Crafters
 
The Caring Crafters love to pray for our congregation, our loved ones, our community. Come join us! 
 
 
Prayer Chain
 
Prayer lists name our concerns & thanksgivings, and are a way to stay connected to God and to the needs of others.
 
New, Short Term and Immediate Prayer Needs are located in the Ledger of your bulletin each week.
 
Monthly Prayer Lists are available on the back windowsill in the Narthex & in the Pew Racks.  Please take a list home with you to enhance your daily devotions & prayer life; also use it to help you prepare your heart for worship with prayer.  
About Prayer 
 
Jack and I went to a recent Limerick Historical Society meeting and there was
a speaker on the Grange. (The Patrons of Husbandry, or the Grange, was
founded in 1867 to advance methods of agriculture, as well as to promote the
social and economic needs of farmers in the United States.)
What I found interesting were the prayers that the grange uses in their
meetings. Doris Callow of LHS gave me a copy of the opening and closing
prayers. As you read, think of ways you can use this prayer in your company
or at home with your gardens ,or examples of how our behavior should be.
OPENING: Almighty Father, Maker of Heaven and Earth, and Giver of all
good, we return our heartfelt thanks that we are permitted again to meet each
other here for work in this glorious cause. Endow us with prudence and
wisdom in our counsels as a body, that our work may be good and acceptable
in Thy sight, and our labors may be blessed with a liberal harvest; and when
we are called to lay down our implements on earth, may we enter the Paradise
not made with hands, eternal in the heavens, and receive that welcome
plaudit: “Well done good and faithful servants.”
We beseech Thee to bless the officers and members of this Grange, and all
connected with the order, from the highest to the lowest degree, and grant
them prosperity. We ask all in Thy Holy name.
Closing: Brothers and sisters as we are again to separate, and mingle with the
world, let us not forget the precepts of our Order. Let us add dignity to labor,
and in our dealings with our fellow men be honest, be just, and fear not.
We must avoid intemperance in eating, drinking, and language; also in work
and recreation; and whatever we do, strive to do well. Let us be quiet,
peaceful citizens, feeding the hungry, helping the fatherless and the widows,
and keeping ourselves unspotted from the world.
For the summer season keep these prayers in mind, when you try to set up a
summer discipline. In the June LIVING LUTHERAN 2018 Vernon Jones
speaks of beginning a prayer ritual which will bring a sense of peace and bring
new life into your soul. He reminds us of Martin Luther’s feeling of when you
make time to pray it is as essential as breathing. We must put exertion into our
prayer lives. When we are intentional in our prayer The Spirit opens our hearts
to God’s love helping us to be more receptive to further opportunities for
growth.
Have a Prayerful Summer!  Sue 
August Prayer Focus 
 
1. Our sisters at Grace/National         
    Girlfriend’s Day
2. Grace’s artists/American Artist
    Appreciation Month
3. Families/American Family Day
4. Clowns/National Clown Week
5. Enjoyment of summer weather/Summer
    Olympics begin
6. Wonderful worship at Grace
7. Forgiveness/ International Forgiveness
    Day
8. Our eyes and vision/ Eye Exam Month
9. Sons & Daughters /Sons & Daughters
    Day
10. A beautiful summer weekend
11. Preventative medicine/Immunization
     Awareness Mont
12. Happiness/Smile Week
13. Left-Handers / International Left
     Hander’s Day
14. Peace/Japan surrendered 1945, end of
     WWII
15. Relaxing/National Relaxation Day
16. Friends/Friendship Week
17. Those who struggle with temptation
18. Care of creation/Homeless Animal Day
19. Vegetables/Potato Day
20. College students returning to school
21. Helping God/Be an Angel Day
22. That all may hear and follow God’s
      word
23. Those who are traveling
24. Teachers preparing for a new school
      year
25. Those who argue/Kiss and Make-up
      Day
26. Women/Women’s Equality Day
27. Hospitality to visitors
28. Visions and dreams/Dream Day
29. Our missionaries Steven and Marta
30. Inventors/Inventors’ Month
31. The Christian church around the world