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Prayer requests for May 3-9

Dear Church,

I forgot to call for prayers last week for Nova Scotia, after the terrible shooting there. I know some of our members have travelled there and perhaps have been to the attack area, so we can personally share the sadness and grief of residents there. Prayers also for the Canadian government as they search for a constructive response.

A newsletter from UCC minister Kelly Gallagher alerted me  about the painful news for the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe–descendants of the original native American tribe that greeted and helped the Pilgrims. The Department of Interior recently revoked their charter. Tasondra was already familiar with the anger and hurt this is causing, through her connections with the Inter-Tribal Council. She sent this recent article along: Article on Mashpee Wampanoag. Whatever the rationale of the  Interior Department, I think we can all stand in prayerful solidarity with this historic tribe. They are asking people to light a sacred fire or candle. If you do so, take a photo and send it to me or Tasondra–perhaps we can post them on our FB page.

Be in prayer for the Malik family on their loss of a grandparent. Adim and family are no doubt anxious about the toll covid-19 will take in South Sudan.

Prayers for Gloria’s mother, Shirley Knox, celebrating her 96th birthday, and so far remaining asymptomatic with covid-19.

Prayers for the family of Betsy Dieters on her passing; she was a dear friend of Marion Mason. May God uphold Marion as she grieves.

Prayers of blessing on our Hampshire joint youth group, as we move our monthly meeting to Zoom for this month (it was supposed to be in Granby).

We offer our prayers for our local, state, and federal leaders under the burden of promoting our safety and well-being. May God’s wisdom and humility guide them.

Finally, prayers of thanksgiving for the beautiful weather this weekend! May it give us courage–not only for the dreadful weather coming in this week, but as a reminder that God’s creation works in cycles, and our current pandemic and economic turmoil will also cycle on.

We close our prayers, and unite them all, with the Lord’s prayer, as Jesus taught us.