Prayers of the People for the Second Sunday in Lent, 2015

God has joined us in our journey of life. Trusting that presence, we offer our prayers for the world God loves, the church God calls, and all people in any need.

[Short pause]

God of covenant, you call us to the vastness of your love, the vastness of your reign. Increase our desire to respond. [Pause] God of silence,
Come to us. Come through us.

God of covenant, free us from our fear of how large the world is. Help us understand that you do not call us to be in charge. Help us trust that you call us simply to step out. [Pause] God of silence,
Come to us. Come through us.

God of covenant, you go with us wherever we go, you are with us wherever we are, you work in us whatever we do. Make us joyful in the service to which you call us. [Pause] God of silence,
Come to us. Come through us.

God of covenant, you stretch us beyond what we were, you call us beyond where we are. In the midst of our hesitation, in the midst of our not knowing, give us faith. [Pause] God of silence,
Come to us. Come through us.

God of covenant, enable us to begin with the small steps of caring for the people around us. Accept our prayers, and inspire our service for those for whom we pray, including [NAMES, AND] all those whom we name before you. [Pause] God of silence,
Come to us. Come through us.

God of covenant, we do not ask for instructions; we do not ask for equipment; we do not ask for more than you have already given us. We only ask for reminders that you will not leave us alone, and for the yearning to go where you lead. [Pause] God of silence,
Come to us. Come through us.

We pray all this in the name of our Saviour, our companion and our guide, Jesus the Christ.
Amen.

Prayers of the People for the First Sunday in Lent, 2015

God has joined us in our journey of life. Trusting that presence, we offer our prayers for the world God loves, the church God calls, and all people in any need.

[Short pause]

God who comes in covenant, your promise overwhelms us, making us unable to speak. Accept our inadequate thanks. [Pause] God of silence,
Come to us. Come through us.

God who comes in water, your promise washes over us, making us new, making us yours. Help us to trust your love. [Pause] God of silence,
Come to us. Come through us.

God who comes in spoken word, your promise wakes us up, shakes us up, and takes us into unfamiliar territory. Help us follow your leading. [Pause] God of silence,
Come to us. Come through us.

God who drives us into the wilderness, your promise does not always comfort us, but it always accompanies us. Strengthen us in the challenges we face. [Pause] God of silence,
Come to us. Come through us.

God who embraces us in the wilderness, remind us that you walk through our valleys with us. We pray especially for those who need concrete reminders of your care, especially [NAMES, AND] those we name before you.
[Long pause]
God of silence,
Come to us. Come through us.

God of covenant, God of promise, you have called us to be your people. As we offer our thanks and praise, may we also offer our lives. [Pause] God of silence,
Come to us. Come through us.

We pray all this in the name of our Saviour, our companion and our guide, Jesus the Christ.
Amen.

Prayers for the Fifth Sunday After the Epiphany, 2015

Having been called into the light of Christ, and trusting the Spirit’s guidance in our journey, we offer our prayers for the world God loves, the church God calls, and all people in any need.

[Short pause]

Loving God, you set us free from what holds us back, and you call us toward what will set us free. Open our eyes to your presence on our journey. God of light,
Shine on us and through us.

Loving God, you set us free so that we can care. Strengthen us to take the next step on our journey. God of light,
Shine on us and through us.

Loving God, you free those who are oppressed, and call all who are oppressors to grow into a new way of being. Help us embrace justice as part of our journey. God of light,
Shine on us and through us.

Loving God, the healing you provide is more than freedom from pain; it declares your desire that all may participate in life. Enable us to share what you have given us with those with whom we journey. God of light,
Shine on us and through us.

Loving God, we pray for those who are on our minds and hearts – those close to us and those far away; those whom we love and those from whom we are estranged; those who share our perspective and those from whom we differ; those whom we name aloud, [INCLUDING NAMES], and those whom we name in our hearts.
[Long pause]
God of light,
Shine on us and through us.

Loving God, you call us to service, freedom and proclamation. Fire us to respond on every step of our journey. God of light,
Shine on us and through us.

We pray all this in the name of our light and our life, Jesus the Christ.
Amen.

Prayers of the People for the Fourth Sunday After the Epiphany, 2015

Having been called into the light of Christ, and trusting the Spirit’s guidance in our journey, we offer our prayers for the world God loves, the church God calls, and all people in any need.

[Short pause]

God of all people, open us to the people around us, and remind us that they are loved by you, even as we are. God of light,
Shine on us and through us.

God of the other, teach us through the others in our lives – about them, about ourselves, and about you. God of light,
Shine on us and through us.

God of diversity, touch our hearts through those who are different, that we may understand our discomfort, let go of our fear, and grow into the people you call us to be. God of light,
Shine on us and through us.

God of welcome, increase our desire to offer hospitality to the strangers among us: Jew and Muslim, Hindu and pagan, unbeliever and searcher. Reveal yourself in our midst. God of light,
Shine on us and through us.

God of healing, touch us with your presence, that our broken bodies and broken spirits, hurting relationships and hurting souls, damaged self-images and damaged friends, may be refreshed and renewed. We especially remember (NAMES, AND] those we name before you now.
[Long pause]
God of light,
Shine on us and through us.

God of the nations, use us, and all people of good will, to bring peace to the conflicted, food to the hungry, clothing to the cold, and your love to all. God of light,
Shine on us and through us.

We pray all this in the name of our light and our life, Jesus the Christ.
Amen.

Prayers of the People for the Third Sunday after the Epiphany, 2014

Having been called into the light of Christ, and trusting the Spirit’s guidance in our journey, we offer our prayers for the world God loves, the church God calls, and all people in any need.

[Short pause]

God who comes, open us to your shocking presence in all our moments. God of light,
Shine on us and through us.

God who surprises, enable us to respond with joy to the opportunities which seem to drop into our laps. God of light,
Shine on us and through us.

God who disturbs, forgive our hesitation and reluctance. Move us beyond our astonishment; move us into the things you are doing. God of light,
Shine on us and through us.

God who approaches, you insert yourself into our weakness, into our pain, into our silent agony and secret suffering. Make us willing to accept others in their weakness, pain and suffering, that we all may catch a glimpse of your light in our darkness. God of light,
Shine on us and through us.

God who shines in our shadows, bring your healing to those who are sick, your reassurance to those who doubt, your promise to those who wonder, your peace to those who hate, your love to those who fear, your life to those who are dying, and your presence to those who are alone. Be with all those whom we name before you.
[Long pause]
God of light,
Shine on us and through us.

God who comes, you are relentless. Strengthen our faith to respond, over and over, again and again, no matter the cost, no matter the direction. God of light,
Shine on us and through us.

We pray all this in the name of our light and our life, Jesus the Christ.
Amen.

Prayers of the People for the Second Sunday After the Epiphany, 2015

Having been called into the light of Christ, and trusting the Spirit’s guidance in our journey, we offer our prayers for the world God loves, the church God calls, and all people in any need.

[Short pause]

God who calls, your invitation is generously extended to all. Help us be generous in our response. God of light,
Shine on us and through us.

God who calls, your invitation extends into all of life. May we be aware of you day and night. God of light,
Shine on us and through us.

God who calls, your invitation brings us into unfamiliar territory, and gives us a fresh vision. Enable us to embrace the newness you offer. God of light,
Shine on us and through us.

God who calls, your invitation sends us into dark corners with uncomfortable challenges and unknown possibilities. Increase our faith, than we may follow anyway. God of light,
Shine on us and through us.

God who calls, your invitation moves us to reach out to those in need – the sick, the shut-in, the poor, the voiceless, the victims of injustice. Strengthen us to be your healing presence in the lives of [NAMES, AND ALL] those whom we name before you.
[Long pause]
God of light,
Shine on us and through us.

God who calls, your invitation is extended again and again. May we respond again and again. God of light,
Shine on us and through us.

We pray all this in the name of our light and our life, Jesus the Christ.
Amen.

Prayers of the People for Christmas 2, 2015

Trusting that God’s reign has begun, and desiring to take part in it, we offer our prayers for the world God loves, the church God calls, and all people in any need, saying, “God who has come,” and responding, “Hear our prayer.”

[Short pause]

Loving God, you have moved into the neighbourhood, and joined us in this adventure called life. Remind us of your presence, and enable us to be present with the people around us. God who has come.
Hear our prayer.

Loving God, you express your very self to us in Jesus. Open our ears to hear you, and open our mouths to share you. God who has come.
Hear our prayer.

Loving God, you have come to make us more authentic human beings. Teach us every day to become a bit more loving, a bit less self-serving, and a bit more aware of the needs around us. God who has come.
Hear our prayer.

Loving God, in Jesus you shine the light of your life into the darkness of this world. Open our hearts to share your care and concern with the sick and shut-in, with the lonely and the unemployed, with the addicted and the excluded, with the refugee and immigrant, with the native and the foreign-born, and all those we name before you.
[Long pause]
God who has come.
Hear our prayer.

Loving God, you promise to guide your church into the future. Open the members of First South United Church to your prompting. Fill the members of Grace Lutheran Church with eagerness. Send us together into First South, Lunenburg, and Centre, desiring to help others become the authentic human beings you created them to be. God who has come.
Hear our prayer.

We pray in confidence, in the name of the one who came, who comes, and who is coming, Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.