Prayers of the People for Pentecost 3, Ordinary 10, June 14, 2015

Filled with promise, and empowered by love, let us offer our prayers to God.

[Short pause]

God who breaks the rules, you do not make decisions based on expectations, on history, or even on abilities. Remind us that people are always more important than tradition. God of our baptism,
May our life be our prayer.

God who breaks the rules, we can become too comfortable with “the way we’ve always done it before.” Break us out of our patterns; help us embrace the new.  God of our baptism,
May our life be our prayer.

God who breaks the rules, we want to be safe, to stay safe, to keep ourselves safe. Help us let go of the fear which holds us back; open us to the leading of your Spirit. God of our baptism,
May our life be our prayer.

God who breaks the rules, you speak through children, serve through the helpless, inspire through the hopeless, call to people through pain. Unplug our ears to hear your voice crying out from the unexpected. God of our baptism,
May our life be our prayer.

God who breaks the rules, you come most profoundly in those situations which seem to deny your existence, to those people who seem beyond help. Use us to touch those whose lives are empty, whose health has vanished, whose purpose has evaporated, including [NAMES, AND] all those who we name before you. [LONG PAUSE] God of our baptism,
May our life be our prayer.

God who breaks the rules, you set us free for ministry. May we take the risk of trusting you with everything. God of our baptism,
May our life be our prayer.

Trusting in the promise of unbounded love, we pray in Jesus’ name.
Amen.

Prayers of the People for Pentecost 2 / Ordinary 10, June 7, 2015

Filled with promise, and empowered by love, let us offer our prayers to God.

[Short pause]

Welcoming God, you have claimed us as your people, the Church. Give us the courage to continue living into this holy identity. God of our baptism,
May our life be our prayer.

Gracious God, you reach into lives which, to all outward appearances, deny the possibility of your presence. Open our eyes to see your face in all we meet. God of our baptism,
May our life be our prayer.

Loving God, you promise your care and compassion wherever we go, wherever we are. Increase our faith to trust your promise, and use us to share that promise with all in any need, especially [NAMES, AND] those we name before you.
[Pause]
God of our baptism,
May our life be our prayer.

Engaging God, you call us to involvement in life, to connect with those who are different, to walk with those who are oppressed, to challenge those who abuse privilege. Take away our fear. God of our baptism,
May our life be our prayer.

Inspiring God, you embrace us in water, you feed us in bread and wine, you call to us in spoken word, you support us through family and friends. Remind us that these are not “ends,” but that they are only beginnings. God of our baptism,
May our life be our prayer.

Sending God, you have called us here, but you also call us out. Fill us with excitement at the prospect of serving your world. God of our baptism,
May our life be our prayer.

Trusting in the promise of unbounded love, we pray in Jesus’ name.
Amen.

Prayers of the People for Holy Trinity Sunday, 2015

Filled with promise, and empowered by love, let us offer our prayers to God.

[Short pause]

Gracious God, you have shown yourself to us as a God of love, who acts in love, who is defined by love. Enable us to embrace this gift. God of our baptism,
May our life be our prayer.

Gracious God, you have reached out to us in love, and have welcomed us as part of your people, the church. Strengthen US to reach out. God of our baptism,
May our life be our prayer.

Gracious God, you have called us to live as your people, to reach beyond ourselves, to impact our world. Use us to point to your way. God of our baptism,
May our life be our prayer.

Gracious God, in the face of injustice, you cry out for justice. In the face of poverty, you cry out for generosity. In the face of death, you bring new life. Inspire us to share your commitment to an equitable world. God of our baptism,
May our life be our prayer.

Gracious God, nothing will separate us from your love: not illness, not violence, not addiction, not hunger, not selfishness, not loneliness, not death. Use us to touch those around us who need a reminder of your presence, especially [NAMES, AND] those we name before you.
[Long pause]
God of our baptism,
May our life be our prayer.

Gracious God, you call this congregation to grow against hopelessness, to struggle against apathy, to embrace the challenge of today, to learn your love, to show your compassion. Remind us that we ARE yours. God of our baptism,
May our life be our prayer.

Trusting in the promise of unbounded love, we pray in Jesus’ name.
Amen.

Spirit poem

Pentecost
Holy Spirit
Power
Gifts
Abilities
Strength
Sent
Outreach
Ministry
Service
Calling
Justice
Faith
God
You
Me
Us
Partners
Together

Disciples? Students?
No more!
Apostles Now
Sent Ones
Empowered Proclaimers
Living Examples
Love Carriers
Hope Deliverers
Solidarity Enactors
Blessing Distributors
Community Organizers

For the sake of the Stranger
For the sake of this Community
For the sake of God in this world
Go!

None of us knows exactly where we’ll end up
Nevertheless
Go!

Blow, Spirit, Blow!

This Pentecost

Prayers of the People for Pentecost Sunday, 2015

Filled with promise, and empowered by love, let us offer our prayers to God.

[Short pause]

God who calls us, you have claimed each of us by name. We are your cherished children, called to share your care and compassion in this world. Fill us with your life.
Come, Holy Spirit.

God who strengthens us, you build us up through your Word of promise, through your family meal, through our time together. Empower us to seek out opportunities for service. Fill us with your life.
Come, Holy Spirit.

God who leads us, you direct us into your future, where relationships are restored, pain is alleviated, hunger is eradicated, and poverty is unknown. In spite of the obstacles we create, guide us into living this future today. Fill us with your life.
Come, Holy Spirit.

God who accompanies us, you never leave us alone. Remind those in the midst of illness, injustice and suffering that you walk with them, especially [NAMES, AND] those we name before you.
[Long pause]
May we be part of that reminder. Fill us with your life.
Come, Holy Spirit.

God who sends us, your world cries out. Help us respond. Your people suffer. Show us what we can do. Your creation groans. We have work to do. Fill us with your life.
Come, Holy Spirit.

Do not only answer our prayers, loving God. Use us to answer the prayers of the world, in the name of Jesus.
Amen.