Please pray aloud:

God of encouragement, you command your Church to encourage one another, and to do so all the more as we draw closer to the day of your Son’s return.

So, I come to you now asking you to move by your Holy Spirit in the hearts and minds of my church and help us to see opportunities for encouragement. Help us to see the downtrodden heart among us. Lift our eyes to see the overburdened and weary. Move us to notice the poor in spirit in our midst.

How do we need to structure or restructure our ministry to identify the needs among us? Would you show us, God? How can we build better systems of care? Help us to do good, Lord, especially to those in this household of faith!

Care for your people through your people, O Lord.
— Pray for Your Church

And then, just as we discover the need, move us to action. Make the inactive members active. Care for your people through your people, O Lord. Move individuals to individual acts of compassion, of mercy, of justice. Help us to speak words that encourage, and build up, and gives grace to those who hear it.

Until the hurting are healed, and the broken made whole, and the mournful rejoice, and the weak made strong, and the lonely restored. Until the good news of the kingdom of heaven is seen in our midst.

In Jesus’ name, amen.

11 Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.
1 Thessalonians 5:11

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