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We live in a global village where the news is instant and sensational.

By Stephanie Reidy, November 2, 2014

Compassionate God,
We live in a global village where the news is instant and sensational. And, while this news serves to inform us, it can also cause confusion and despair. As we continue to pray for the Ebola victims and caregivers in Central and West Africa, we also pray that the rest of the world's worry continues to be expressed in love and compassion rather than fear and discrimination.

Merciful God,
We pray for those victims of violence whose voices are too soft to be heard and for those who suffer in silence, afraid of being misunderstood or misjudged. We pray that they find the courage to speak up and that their words fall on responsive ears. Help us to be a strong community that denounces abuse when we see it.

Steadfast God,
At this time of year, the sun continues to set earlier and earlier each day and we pray that your light serves to remind us that we are not alone in the darkness. Give us the strength to seek help when we need it and to accept it when it is offered. For those of us that are dealing with family illnesses or loss, we pray for healing of body and soul. Remind us that we are strongest in our times of weakness.

Loving God,
Today we pray for Linda as she embarks on a new journey. We have benefited immeasurably from her spiritual leadership during her tenure at St. John's and we hope that our love and gratitude serve to steady her as she finds sure footing in her new post.

We also seek support in our time of congregational uncertainty. Help us to remember that Linda is not leaving "shoes to fill". A new minister will bring with them new shoes, new ideas and new strengths.

For those who have been called upon to lead us in our transition, we offer support and patience. Let us pray that we remember to remain a congregation who is accepting and open to new people and new leadership.

Perhaps, most importantly today, we offer a prayer of thanks for Linda and Carl and their fellowship. They are our friends, and their family has enriched our lives. Let us not be dismayed at goodbyes, a farewell is necessary before you can meet again, and meeting again is certain for those who are friends.

AMEN



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