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Lower Susquehanna Synod Prayer List

Weekly Prayers for our Congregations, Ministers, and Ministry Partners (May 1 – 7, 2017)

We invite your prayers for these congregations of our synod: Salem (Dover), Salem (Ephrata), Salem, (Jacobus), Salem (Lebanon), and Salem (Lititz).

We invite your prayers for these synod rostered ministers:
The Rev. Bonnie B. Hoffman (retired), The Rev. Cheryl L. Hoffman (Family Leave), Deacon Dr. Holly C. Hoffman (Health Ministries and St. Paul, Carlisle), The Rev. Jack R. Hoffman (retired), The Rev. Dr. Robert J. Hoffman (St. Matthew, Lebanon), The Rev. Timothy L. Hoffman (Mt. Zion, Lewisberry), The Rev. Katrina L. Holland (St. Paul, Dillsburg), The Rev. B. Penrose Hoover (retired bishop), and The Rev. Robert L. Hoover, Jr. (retired).
We invite your prayers for seminarian 
Megan McClinton.

We invite your prayers for our ministry partner St. Barnabas Center for Ministry, an ecumenical program of the Lower Susquehanna Synod, the ELCA, and the Central Pennsylvania Diocese of the Episcopal Church.
…continued prayers for the family and friends of The Rev. Peter H. Kuebler (retired), Holly Smith Kahwajy, daughter of The Rev. Ruth E. Smith (retired, serving Salem Orrstown), Rodney Klinedinst, brother of Joyce Frigm (Synod Council member), Olive Mae McDaniel, mother of The Rev. Carolyn DeStephano (retired) and grandmother of The Rev. Douglas DeStephano (Christ, Loganville, Mary Wagner, mother of Sharon Hardel (Director of Christian Education, Trinity, Chambersburg), James W. Miller, father of The Rev. Pam Illick (Trinity, Rouzerville), Delores (Toboga) McCarthy, mother-in-law of The Rev. Eric Anderson (IIM, St. John, Steelton and Salem, Oberlin), John Paul, husband of Lower Susquehanna Synod staff member Cathy Paul, The Rev. David Gleason, (First Lutheran, Pittsburgh, formerly serving in our synod),  Betty Michael, mother of The Rev. Richard Michael (retired), The Rev. Dwight A. Huseman, Sr. (retired), The Rev. Edwin C. “Ted” Wentz (retired), and Marlis Mattern, mother of Alexandra Mattern-Roggelin and mother-in-law of The Rev. Holger Roggelin (Messiah, Harrisburg).

…prayers of thanksgiving for the birth of Aluel Pamela Samuel Del, daughter of Pastor Del Akech Del (Sudanese Worshiping Community) and his wife Sarah Mun.

…prayers for peace, healing and hope for Pastor Judy McKee (retired), Bishop Israel-Peter Mwakyolile (Konde Diocese, TZ), Pastor Elwood Leister (retired), Pastor Fred Shilling (retired), Pastor Rochelle Lewis (disability), 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 former synod staff member Linda LuboldPastor Carl Bentz (retired) and his wife, Fair,  Pastor Jay Eickhoff (disability), Pastor Richard Starr (retired, serving Starview), 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 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.

…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. We pray for all who are suffering in the wake of the chemical attack on Khan Shaykhun, Syria, where more than 50 people have died, including many children. We also pray for those affected by the suspected suicide bombing of the metro in St. Petersburg, Russia, that claimed the lives of 14 people and injured many others. We pray for those affected by the terror attack in Stockholm, Sweden, where four were killed and 15 injured. We pray for our Coptic Christian sisters and brothers in the wake of two Palm Sunday church bombings in Egypt. We pray for all affected by the car bomb blast in Aleppo, Syria on Holy Saturday.

…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.