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Lower Susquehanna Synod Prayer List

Weekly Prayers for our Congregations, Ministers, and Ministry Partners (March 20 – 26, 2017)

We invite your prayers for these congregations of our synod: synod: Holy Trinity (Ephrata), Holy Trinity (Hershey), Holy Trinity, (Lancaster), Holy Trinity(Lebanon), and Holy Trinity (York Springs).

We invite your prayers for these synod rostered ministers:
The Rev. Richard H. Englund (retired), The Rev. Aaron M. Erdley (Trindle Spring, Mechanicsburg), The Rev. Dr. Maria E. Erling (Lutheran Theological Seminary, Gettysburg), The Rev. Clifton D. Eshbach (Holy Spirit, Lancaster), Sister Davia Ann Evans (disability), The Rev. Keith Fair (St. Matthew, York), The Rev. Robin B. Fero (St. Matthew, Lancaster), The Rev. Ruth A. Fieldhouse (retired), and The Rev. Michael Kenneth Fischer (Chaplain, Country Meadows, York).
We invite your prayers for seminarian 
Holly Gainor.

We invite your prayers for our ministry partner Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, Pastor President Michael Cooper-White, the faculty, staff, and students who work and learn there.

…prayers for the family and friends of John Paul, husband of Lower Susquehanna Synod staff member Cathy Paul, who died March 20. Arrangements are pending.

…prayers for the family and friends of The Rev. David Gleason, (First Lutheran, Pittsburgh, formerly serving in our synod), who died March 8. Click here for the obituary.
…continued prayers for the family and friends of Betty Michael, mother of The Rev. Richard Michael (retired), The Rev. Dwight A. Huseman, Sr. (retired), The Rev. Edwin C. “Ted” Wentz (retired), Marlis Mattern, mother of Alexandra Mattern-Roggelin and mother-in-law of The Rev. Holger Roggelin (Messiah, Harrisburg),and the Rev. Robert H. Sternat (retired).

…prayers for peace, healing and hope for Pastor Peter Kuebler (retired) and his wife JudithPastor Elwood Leister (retired), Pastor Fred Shilling (retired), Pastor Rochelle Lewis (Interim, St. Stephen, New Kingstown), Pastor Miriam Nicholson (Messiah, Elliottsburg), Natalie Rimmer, wife of Pastor Chad Rimmer (Lutheran World Federation), Pastor John Brock (Trinity, Camp Hill), Deacon Doug Price (retired), Denny Lubold, husband of synod staff member Linda LuboldPastor Karen Minnich-Sadler (retired), Pastor Carl Bentz (retired), Pastor Jay Eickhoff (disability), Pastor Richard Starr (retired, serving Starview), Hertha Langford, spouse of Pastor Roland Evans Langford (retired), Pastor Charles Aurand (retired, WV-WMd Synod), Pastor Terry McCarthy (St. Paul, Broadway, Hanover), Pastor David DeLong (Mt. Carmel), Janice Ambrose, wife of Pastor Al Ambrose (retired), Janice Cromer (wife of Pastor Douglas Cromer, retired), Pastor Don Gallion (retired), Pastor Jay Bohn, (retired) and his wife, Mary, Pastor George Buechner (retired), Richard Weaver (formerly a pastor in our synod), and Glenn Snyder, husband of Pastor Patricia Snyder (retired).

…prayers for our bishopsElizabeth, Jim, and Israel-Peter–and all who serve the church.

…prayers for Pastor Kate Warn, who is serving in Rwanda, for the Rev. Dr. Jeffrey Truscott, serving in Singapore, Pastor Stephen Deal, serving in Central America, for Young Adults in Global Mission, Dr. Joe and Pastor Deborah Troester, serving in Tanzania, and for all other missionaries serving around the world.

…prayers of thanksgiving for Andrew and Angie Hammer and their three children, who have safely returned from their time in Tanzania as visitors to the Konde Diocese under a shared placement arrangement with our synod, ELCA Global Missions, and the Konde Diocese. 

…prayers for all elected officials and for all government employees — that they serve with wisdom, vision, seek peace and justice, and work for the good of all citizens. We particularly pray for God’s guidance for President Trump and his cabinet, that they  govern justly, compassionately, and fairly for the good of all people.

…prayers for those who are hungry and homeless in our midst. We pray for the many ministries across our Lower Susquehanna Synod and give thanks for the difference being made.

…prayers for all those affected by natural disasters.

…prayers for peace, justice, and reconciliation for the whole human family around the world that encounters violence, racism, prejudice, and injustice.

…prayers for immigrants and refugees who in their desperation to move to a new country put their lives in danger; that all be led safely in God’s care.

…prayers for all victims of violence and terror around our world, both at home and abroad. We pray for an end to the fear, hate, racism, and xenophobia that beget violence. We pray for cooler heads, respect for one another, and saner solutions. We pray for the courage to love all God’s children. We pray that black lives will matter to all. We pray that law enforcement officials will be safe in their work, and that God’s house in all places will safe space and sanctuary for all who enter.

…prayers for all who commit violence against others, that they recognize the violence they have committed, that their hearts would be changed, and that they receive forgiveness, mercy, and grace when it is offered and in doing so be changed.

Have a prayer request to share with others in our synod? Please contact Pr. Sharron Blezard at sblezard@lss-elca.org. Please also notify her when you wish to be removed from the list.