December 3rd, 2023

O holy God, today we have come to worship, to celebrate in hope, and yet to grieve in this time of releasing and saying good bye. Thank you for Pastor Kara and her years of loving service here with this body of believers at Wellesley Mennonite Church. Thank you Holy Spirit for leading Kara here, and for gifting her with love, compassion, wisdom and courage. Thank you for ministering through her, and to her over these many years. God, we give you praise. And now as we release her into a new season of your leading, may you grant deep peace and the comfort of your presence. Pour out your rich blessings on both Kara and Alvin; God, hold them close to your heart.

This morning we also choose to live with Hope in a world that is writhing in pain. God, where there is war we pray that you would change the hearts and minds of world leaders, and in doing so that peace would reign. Give us hearts of compassion to feed those who are hungry, to provide a cup of cold water to the thirsty, and wisdom to be people of justice as you enable us. May we see with your eyes and love with your love God.

O God we pray for those in this congregation and community who are grieving, those facing major decisions, and all who are in pain. Grant comfort, your holy presence, and the gift of your healing touch for all who are facing health issues.

We pray all this in the name of Jesus

Lord God, we also bring the following individual needs to you asking for your loving intervention.