Prayers of the People for Advent 4

Trusting the promise of God’s coming, we offer our prayers for the world God loves, the church God calls, and all people according to their needs

[Short pause]

Loving God, your priorities are not ours.  You do not conform to our expectations.  You do not do what we expect.  Open us to your leading.  Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God of change, your coming throws us off our stride.  You call into question all of our decisions; you confound our thinking.  May we be open to new directions, and new possibilities.  Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God who leads, you take us into uncomfortable territory; you point us to distressing realities; you invite us to walk with those who challenge our ideals.  Give us the humility to learn and to embrace.  Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God who inspires, we give you thanks for those who respond to your call to serve their neighbour.  Especially today, we thank you for the witness of Ryan Barry, Richard Biggar, Trevor Bruhm, Richard Clark, Alex Godbold and Bernadette Jordan.  As we thank them for their service, may we also join them in serving the greater good.  Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God who comes, you are still to be found among the weak, the marginalized, the poor, the addicted and the sick.  We pray for open eyes to see you in the presence of those who need our prayers, especially [NAMES, AND] those we name before you.  [Long pause]  Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

Loving God, change our priorities, challenge our assumptions, make us uncomfortable.  And then, loving God. enable us to follow where you go.  Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

We pray all these things, and all those things for which we have no words, in the name of Jesus, our Saviour and Lord.
Amen.

Prayers of the People for Advent 2, 2015

Trusting the promise of God’s coming, we offer our prayers for the world God loves, the church God calls, and all people according to their needs

[Short pause]

God who comes in voices from the wilderness, open our ears to hear.  Free us from our attachment to power, so we may become more compassionate.  Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God who comes in cries from the distressed and angry, open our ears to hear.  Strengthen our faith to go into the pain-filled corners of life, so that the hurting will know they are not alone.  Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God who comes in the silent tears of those who mourn, open our ears to hear.  Make us more aware of the experiences of others, so we may respond to their needs appropriately.  Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God who comes in the wails of hungry and neglected children, open our ears to hear.  Show us how much we have to offer, and set us free to be peacemakers and care takers for the sake of all your children.  Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God who comes in the silent suffering of the sick, open our ears to hear.  Use us to bring your healing touch to [NAMES, AND] all those who need your care.
[Long pause]
Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God who comes, open our ears to hear.  May we go where you call us to go, serve whom you call us to serve, and love as you love us.  Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

We pray all these things, and all those things for which we have no words, in the name of Jesus, our Saviour and Lord.
Amen.

Prayers of the People for the 10th Sunday After Pentecost, 2015

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

[Short pause]

God who comes in water, in springs and rivers, in tides and rain; we give thanks for the welcome you have extended to us in baptism. Enable us to share what you have given us, and to care for your good creation. Remind us, loving God,
It’s all about the world.

God who comes in bread, in sandwiches and aid packages, we give thanks for the strength you provide in communion. Use the works of our hands to provide food for the hungry. Remind us, loving God,
It’s all about the world.

God who comes in wine, in raucous parties and quiet evenings together, we give you thanks for the gift of the communities of which we are a part. Draw us more closely together, that we may be more open to the whole human family. Remind us, loving God,
It’s all about the world.

God who comes in spoken word, in promises made and invitations extended, we give you thanks for the articulations of love and acceptance which we have heard. Open our mouths to sing your praise, and to cry out for a more just society. Remind us, loving God,
It’s all about the world.

God who comes in the people around us, we give you thanks for family and friends, for strangers and adversaries. Make us more aware of your presence, especially in the weak, the voiceless, the hungry, the poor, the different, the other, the sick [ESPECIALLY NAMES], and all those we remember before you.
[Long pause]
Move us beyond our immediate circle; move us to embrace all. Remind us, loving God,
It’s all about the world.

God who comes in Jesus, we give you thanks for your presence in our lives. May we be present in the lives of others. Remind us, loving God,
It’s all about the world.

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