Prayers of the People for the Sixth Sunday of Easter, 2015

Celebrating the mystery of new life in Christ, we pray for the world God loves, the church God calls, and all people in any need.

[Short pause]

God who brings new life, Hallelujah!  For the gift of faith which you give, and the desire to respond which you inspire, we give thanks.  God of resurrection,
Hear our prayer.

God who brings new life, Hallelujah!  For a clearer vision of your call, and a deeper longing to do what needs doing, we ask your help.  God of resurrection,
Hear our prayer.

God who brings new life, Hallelujah!  For the hunger for justice which you rouse within us, and the ability to embrace opportunities which surround us to do it, we ask for strength.  God of resurrection,
Hear our prayer.

God who brings new life, Hallelujah!  That this congregation and parish would discern your dream for us, and that we would be more willing to chase that dream, we ask your blessing.  God of resurrection,
Hear our prayer.

God who brings new life, Hallelujah!  For the women in our lives through whom you have given life, and supported our journey, we offer our grateful prayers.  God of resurrection,
Hear our prayer.

God who brings new life, Hallelujah!  For those who need our prayers: victims of violence and injustice, those who suffer from poverty and hunger, those who are ill or isolated, including [NAMES, AND] all those whom we name before you.
[Long pause]
We entrust them all to your care.  God of resurrection,
Hear our prayer.

God who brings new life, Hallelujah!  That you have used us to touch this community with your welcome, we give thanks.  Enable us to continue.  God of resurrection,
Hear our prayer.

We pray all this in the name of our risen Saviour, Jesus the Christ.
Amen.

Prayers of the People for the Fifth Sunday of Easter, 2015

Celebrating the mystery of new life in Christ, we pray for the world God loves, the church God calls, and all people in any need.

[Short pause]

God who brings new life, Hallelujah! Strengthen our faith, so that we might embrace becoming your disciples, no matter how long we’ve been at it. God of resurrection,
Hear our prayer.

God who brings new life, Hallelujah! Open our minds, so that we might be your life-long students, no matter how hard the lessons. God of resurrection,
Hear our prayer.

God who brings new life, Hallelujah! Free us from our fear, so that we might keep growing, no matter what we might be called to do. God of resurrection,
Hear our prayer.

God who brings new life, Hallelujah! Release us from our past, so that we might grow past being members of an organization, and continue growing into becoming your followers. God of resurrection,
Hear our prayer.

God who brings new life, Hallelujah! Unlock our hearts, so that we might share your love with the ill, the shut in, the depressed, the unemployed, the under employed, the stranger, the outsider, and those people who especially need our prayers, including [NAMES, AND] all those we name before you now. [Long pause] God of resurrection,
Hear our prayer.

God who brings new life, Hallelujah! You call us to continue becoming your disciples. Enable us to embrace the life you bring, whatever that might be, wherever that might lead. God of resurrection,
Hear our prayer.

We pray all this in the name of our risen Saviour, Jesus the Christ.
Amen.

Prayers of the People for the Fourth Sunday of Easter, 2015

Celebrating the mystery of new life in Christ, we pray for the world God loves, the church God calls, and all people in any need.

[Short pause]

God who brings new life, Hallelujah! In the face of all the deaths we face, remind us of your promise of life. God of resurrection,
Hear our prayer.

God who brings new life, Hallelujah! In the face of all the needs which surround us, remind us of your living presence. God of resurrection,
Hear our prayer.

God who brings new life, Hallelujah! In the face of the weakness and insignificance we feel, remind us of your promise of purpose. God of resurrection,
Hear our prayer.

God who brings new life, Hallelujah! In the face of your church’s changing and challenging situation, remind us that you have gifted us with the ability to respond. God of resurrection,
Hear our prayer.

God who brings new life, Hallelujah! In the face of poverty, violence, environmental degradation and self-serving governments and corporations, remind us that you are God. God of resurrection,
Hear our prayer.

God who brings new life, Hallelujah! In the face of illness, anxiety, loneliness, and isolation, remind us of our Call to be your presence, especially for [NAMES, AND] all we name before you.
[Long pause]
God of resurrection,
Hear our prayer.

God who brings new life, Hallelujah! In the face of all the deaths we face, remind us of your promise of life. God of resurrection,
Hear our prayer.

We pray all this in the name of our risen Saviour, Jesus the Christ.
Amen.

Prayers of the People for the Third Sunday of Easter, 2015

Celebrating the mystery of new life in Christ, we pray for the world God loves, the church God calls, and all people in any need.

[Short pause]

God who brings new life, Hallelujah! As we give thanks for the promise of resurrection, assist us to look for opportunities to demonstrate resurrection. God of resurrection,
Hear our prayer.

God who brings new life, Hallelujah! As we give thanks for the presence of the risen Christ in our congregation, move us to trust that presence outside these walls. God of resurrection,
Hear our prayer.

God who brings new life, Hallelujah! As we give thanks for the forgiveness we have received, motivate us to share forgiveness where it is needed, wherever it is needed. God of resurrection,
Hear our prayer.

God who brings new life, Hallelujah! As we give thanks that we can repent, that we can change direction, inspire us to allow others the same privilege.  God of resurrection,
Hear our prayer.

God who brings new life, Hallelujah! As we give thanks for the gift of your presence in the middle of our difficult times, remind us to be your healing hands for those who are isolated by addiction, homelessness, poverty, family violence, illness, or suffering that no one understands. We remember especially [NAMES, AND] all those we name before you.
[Long pause]
God of resurrection,
Hear our prayer.

God who brings new life, Hallelujah! As we give thanks for being able to gather here to celebrate your promise, send us out to extend the invitation to others. God of resurrection,
Hear our prayer.

We pray all this in the name of our risen Saviour, Jesus the Christ.
Amen.

Prayers of the People for the Second Sunday of Easter, 2015

Celebrating the mystery of new life in Christ, we pray for the world God loves, the church God calls, and all people in any need.

[Short pause]

God who brings new life, Hallelujah! For the doubt which comes with our faith, for the faith which is seasoned with doubt, and for your presence in it all, we give our thanks. God of resurrection,
Hear our prayer.

God who brings new life, Hallelujah! For the witness of those who have brought us to today, for the truth they proclaimed, for the love they showed, and for the weakness they accepted as part of the package, we give our thanks. God of resurrection,
Hear our prayer.

God who brings new life, Hallelujah! For the chances we have been given to share new life, for the people around us, and for the Call which is renewed every day, we give our thanks. God of resurrection,
Hear our prayer.

God who brings new life, Hallelujah! For the life-giving presence of the Spirit in the middle of our doubts, in the middle of our difficulties, in the middle of our challenges, in the middle of our community, we give our thanks. God of resurrection,
Hear our prayer.

God who brings new life, Hallelujah! For the promise of love and final healing for those who are sick, in distress, oppressed, marginalized, alone, separated, especially [NAMES, AND] those we name before you [LONG PAUSE], we give you thanks. God of resurrection,
Hear our prayer.

God who brings new life, Hallelujah! For calling us to share in the blessings of the new life you bring, for the ability to respond which we have been given, and for the hope that we can touch others with the love we have received, we give our thanks. God of resurrection,
Hear our prayer.

We pray all this in the name of our risen Saviour, Jesus the Christ.
 Amen.

Prayers of the People for Easter Sunday, 2015

Celebrating the mystery of new life in Christ, we pray for the world God loves, the church God calls, and all people in any need.

[Short pause]

God who brings new life, Hallelujah! Everything that denies life has been defeated. The grave is empty; insults no longer define us; brokenness is not the final word in our lives. Accept our grateful praises. God of resurrection,
Hear our prayer.

God who brings new life, Hallelujah! Open our eyes and ears to the signs and sounds of new life breaking out around us. Show us the reconciliations, the serving, the loving, the justice-making that is happening just outside our doors. God of resurrection,
Hear our prayer.

God who brings new life, Hallelujah! Jesus is no longer to be found where we thought he was. Push us out of the safety of our church building. Send us out to Galilee, Jerusalem, First South, Lunenburg, and all six of the Lahaves, trusting that we will see you there. God of resurrection,
Hear our prayer.

God who brings new life, Hallelujah! Help us do the hard work of admitting and recognizing the limits we have tried to impose on you. Free us from ourselves and our fear, that we may celebrate the vastness of your love. God of resurrection,
Hear our prayer.

God who brings new life, Hallelujah! Send us as light-bearers into the darkened corners of our world. Send us singing a song of love and hope in the face of hatred and despair. Send us out to make a difference in the lives of the poor, the addicted, the oppressed, the stranger and the forgotten, knowing that, for you, none are forgotten. God of resurrection,
Hear our prayer.

God who brings new life, Hallelujah! You have filled us with your life. Use us to bring your healing, life-restoring touch to those who are ill, shut-in, lonely and grieving, especially [NAMES, AND] those we name before you.
[Long pause]
God of resurrection,
Hear our prayer.

God who brings new life, Hallelujah! You have changed the rules, changed our perspective, changed the world, changed everything. May we live into your new reality with everything we are. God of resurrection,
Hear our prayer.

We pray all this in the name of our risen Saviour, Jesus the Christ.
Amen.