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.

Prayers of the People for Maundy Thursday, 2015

Let us pray, in the name of our servant Saviour, Jesus the Christ, for the world God loves, the church God calls, and all who need a sign of love.

[Short pause]

God of the small, take our eyes away from the distractions of glitter and glamour, from the big and powerful. Show us where you come in our lives. Christ who serves us,
Make us more faithful servants.

God of the weak, Jesus put on a towel and became the lowest kind of servant. Help us follow where he leads. Christ who serves us,
Make us more faithful servants.

God of the voiceless, there are many in life whose cries are ignored – the poor, the homeless, the foreigners, the different, all victims of our pride, prejudice and fear. Help us pay attention. Christ who serves us,
Make us more faithful servants.

God of the powerless, you gave up what you had, in order to welcome us. Inspire us to do the same for those around us. Christ who serves us,
Make us more faithful servants.

God of the ill, you continue to come to those who are dying, who are incapable of healing themselves, who have lost hope. Show us how to share their space, not to provide easy answers, but to be companions on the journey. Christ who serves us,
Make us more faithful servants.

God of the church, God of this parish, strengthen our faith to embrace the small, admit our weakness, listen to the silent, join the powerless, hold the sick, and proclaim your presence through everything we do, through everything we are. Christ who serves us,
Make us more faithful servants.

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

Prayers of the People for Palm/Passion Sunday, 2015

In Jesus, God has come into our world, embracing every aspect of our lives. We now respond to this gift in prayer for the world God loves, the church God calls, and all people in any need.

[Short pause]

Loving God, you come into the messiness of politics and opinion, of power and fear. Help us follow where you lead. God who embraces us,
Hear our prayer.

Loving God, you come into the messiness of relationships and friendships, of broken interactions and hurting hearts. Help us trust your presence. God who embraces us,
Hear our prayer.

Loving God, you come into the messiness of church and kingdom, into the confusion of divided loyalties. Help us see your light. God who embraces us,
Hear our prayer.

Loving God, you come into the messiness of this congregation and parish, in the midst of leaky roofs and lonely neighbours. Help us embrace your priorities. God who embraces us,
Hear our prayer.

Loving God, you come into the messiness of illness and pain, of fearful lives and unanswered questions, of unemployment and diminishing pensions, of uncertainty and apprehension. Use us to reach out into the messiness of the lives of [NAMES, AND] all those whom we name before you.
[Long pause]
God who embraces us,
Hear our prayer.

Loving God, you come into the messiness of our lives. Help us trust your presence, even here, even now. God who embraces us,
Hear our prayer.

We pray all this in the name of Jesus, who came, who comes, who has promised to come, our Saviour and our Friend.
Amen.