Prayers of the People for the Fifth 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]

Loving God, your church wants to see Jesus. Open the eyes of all your people to see you in the smallest corners of life. [Pause] God who speaks in silence,
Come to us. Come through us.

Loving God, this congregation wants to see Jesus. Open us to your presence, that together we may become more aware of your love for us. [Pause] God who speaks in silence,
Come to us. Come through us.

Loving God, the individuals gathered here want to see Jesus. Remove the blinders that we have created, so we may see you more clearly. [Pause] God who speaks in silence,
Come to us. Come through us.

Loving God, the people of [THIS COMMUNITY] want to see Jesus. Enable your people to be more authentic in living out your promise. [Pause] God who speaks in silence,
Come to us. Come through us.

Loving God, those who are hurting want to see Jesus. Motivate us to reach out to the sick, the shut-in, the under-employed, the stranger, the different, the addicted, and all who need a welcoming touch. We especially pray for [NAMES, AND] all those we name before you.
[Pause]
God who speaks in silence,
Come to us. Come through us.

Loving God, we want to see Jesus. Loving God, we want to show Jesus. Remind us that, in spite of our failures, you are showing your love to the world. [Pause] God who speaks in 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 Fourth 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 reveals, you show yourself to us in the ordinary, in the mundane, in the every day. Open our eyes to look where you are to be found. [Pause] God who speaks in silence,
Come to us. Come through us.

God who reveals, you come to us in those places where we expect you not to be: in suffering, in loneliness, in death. Assist us to look in the hard places in life. [Pause] God who speaks in silence,
Come to us. Come through us.

God who reveals, you speak to us through people to whom we find it difficult to listen: those who speak different languages, wear different clothing, pray in different ways. Help us hear your Word to us, even if it is our enemies who are doing the talking. [Pause] God who speaks in silence,
Come to us. Come through us.

God who reveals, you are active in this community; you are breathing through this congregation. Free us from our old expectations; open us to see where you are moving; motivate us to join your dance. [Pause] God who speaks in silence,
Come to us. Come through us.

God who reveals, you promise health in the middle of sickness; you promise light when we cannot see; you promise life in the midst of death. Show your life-giving presence to those who are ill, who are hungry, who are refugees, who are excluded, especially [NAMES, AND] those whom we name before you. [Pause] God who speaks in silence,
Come to us. Come through us.

God who reveals, may we also be among those who speak your healing Word to this hurting world. May we also be among those through whom you reveal your love. [Pause] God who speaks in 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 Third 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]

Loving God, you are our God. You have chosen us, called us, and led us. Accept our thanks for your mercy.  [Pause]  God who speaks in silence,
Come to us. Come through us.

Loving God, you do not just watch us. You guide us, direct us, remind us, and call us again and again. Open our ears to hear. [Pause] God who speaks in silence,
Come to us. Come through us.

Loving God, the life to which you call us is directed outward, to the people and situations of our world today. Inspire us by your love. [Pause] God who speaks in silence,
Come to us. Come through us.

Loving God, with you we have a marvellous history, inspired by your presence, maintained by your forgiveness. Remind us that we also have a future, held in your hands, set by your promise. [Pause] God who speaks in silence,
Come to us. Come through us.

Loving God, your presence extends into the darkest corners of our world, the loneliest portions of our lives. We offer our prayers for those in pain, in poverty, in isolation; those who are ill, unemployed, underemployed; all who are addicted, who feel hopeless, who feel pointless; and all whom we name before you. [Pause] God who speaks in silence,
Come to us. Come through us.

Loving God, you have made us yours. Enable us to respond. [Pause] God who speaks in 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 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.