Prayers of the People for April 23, 2017, Easter 2

Celebrating the gift of new life in Christ, we offer our prayers for the world God loves, the church God calls, and all who need a reminder of God’s love.

[Short pause]

Living God, you are open to us, vulnerable to us, able to be hurt by us.  We thank you for your willingness to engage with us.  God of new life,
Hear our prayer.

Living God, you are willing to risk everything for us.  Increase our gratitude, and our own willingness to risk.  God of new life,
Hear our prayer.

Living God, we are afraid of being vulnerable.  We crave certainty and strength, power and control.  Open us to the possibility of freedom which comes with weakness.  God of new life,
Hear our prayer.

Living God, you do not approach us in isolation; you come to us in community.  Keep us available to each other, even when we see things differently, so that we may encounter you.  God of new life,
Hear our prayer.

Living God, the people around us are vulnerable.  This planet is vulnerable.  Life itself is vulnerable.  Show us your presence in all of our existence, that our trust of your promises may be strengthened.  God of new life,
Hear our prayer.

Living God, we pray for those who are most aware of their weakness: the under-employed, the lonely, the oppressed, the sick, especially [NAMES, AND] all those whom we name before you.
[Long pause]
God of new life,
Hear our prayer.

Living God, you are open to us.  Keep us open to you.  God of new life,
Hear our prayer.

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

Prayers of the People for Easter Sunday, 2017

Celebrating the gift of new life in Christ, we offer our prayers for the world God loves, the church God calls, and all who need a reminder of God’s love.

[Short pause]

Hallelujah!  We offer our praise for the victory of Jesus, which guides us into a new way of being.  God of new life,
Hear our prayer.

Hallelujah!  We offer our thanks for the gift of resurrection, which points us toward God’s desire for creation.  God of new life,
Hear our prayer.

Hallelujah!  We offer our selves to the call to ministry, which frees us from our fear.  God of new life,
Hear our prayer.

Hallelujah!  We offer our gifts to the people who need them, which enable us to share in God’s work in this world.  God of new life,
Hear our prayer.

Hallelujah!  We offer our weaknesses and our failings, knowing that this is where God meets us.  God of new life,
Hear our prayer.

Hallelujah!  We offer our church to this community, trusting that God is already active among us.  God of new life,
Hear our prayer.

Hallelujah!  We offer our lives for the care of others, including [NAMES, AND] all those we name before you, holding to the promise that God is with us.
[Long pause]
God of new life,
Hear our prayer.

Hallelujah!  We offer our praise for the victory of Jesus.  God of new life,
Hear our prayer.

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

Prayers of the People for Maundy Thursday, 2017

Together we come to God, aware of our brokenness, aware of our call, aware of the world’s need, and asking that we be strengthened for ministry.

[Short pause]

God of sacrament, you come to us in physical things, in words of promise, in actions celebrated together.  Remind us, through these gifts, of your presence in all of life.  Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God of reconciliation, your gifts point beyond themselves, to restored relationships and an enlivened world.  Give us your vision.  Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God of service, your gifts call us away from self-centredness, and call us to care for the people and world around us.  Strengthen our faith to believe that you have given us all we need to be your people, and to reach out.  Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God of community, your church is not the goal.  A restored creation is your goal.  Free us from small and fearful thinking, and help us live into your grand design.  Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God of healing, establish your reign in the lives of all who are ill, who are ignored, who are considered expendable, and enable us to move past the barriers we have constructed.  Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God of life, you are the core of all existence, you are the heart of all being.  Open us to life in all its wonder, so that, in the face of all that denies life, we may be faithful in our calling to follow Jesus.  Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

We offer all these prayers, as well as the unspoken longings of our hearts, to you, liberating God, in the name of Jesus, your liberating Saviour
Amen.

Prayers of the People for Palm Sunday, 2017

Together we come to God, aware of our brokenness, aware of our call, aware of the world’s need, and asking that we be strengthened for ministry.

[Short pause]

God who comes in church, remind your people that you are larger than our experience, larger than this congregation, larger than Sunday morning.  Free us from the constraints we try to place on our religious lives.  Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God who comes in politics, Jesus made a very public statement by his ride into Jerusalem.  In the face of the world’s cynicism, in the face of our own mis-trust, keep us open to sharing your love.  Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God who comes in the unexpected, you surprise us by coming to us from outside, from people who are strangers, in times and places where we do not look for you.  Keep us receptive to being amazed.  Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God who comes in illness, you promise healing.  Free us from demanding the shape which that healing takes.  As we pray for those who need our prayers, especially [NAMES, AND] those we name before you, open us to your presence in all our circumstances.
[Long pause]
Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God who comes in all, you are not limited to our expectations.  Break through our usual ways of thinking, our familiar ways of seeing, our comfortable ways of being.  Shatter our normal, and come to bring us life.  Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

We offer all these prayers, as well as the unspoken longings of our hearts, to you, liberating God, in the name of Jesus, your liberating Saviour
Amen.

Prayers of the People for Lent 4, March 26, 2017

Together we come to God, aware of our brokenness, aware of our call, aware of the world’s need, and asking that we be strengthened for ministry.

[Short pause]

God of those who cannot see, you come to us, into our space, into our darkness, with words of encouragement and hope.  Help us hear you.  Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God of those who do not see, you come into our situation with words of persuasion, words of direction, words of call.  Help us respond to you.  Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God of those who refuse to see, you challenge our stubbornness with words of confrontation, words of demand, words of warning.  Help us take you to heart.  Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God of those who claim to see, you do not offer comfort when we deceive ourselves.  You point us to uncomfortable reality.  You bring painful truth.  Help us be open to whatever you see that we need.  Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God of those who crave to see, you offer words of promise to all who realize their blindness.  Help us be open to the healing you bring.  Help us be vehicles for the restoration you offer, especially for [NAMES, AND] all those we name before you.
[Long pause]
Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God of those who do not see, our world is blind, and we are a part of this world.  Help us hear your word.  Help us trust your promise.  Help us share your love.  Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

We offer all these prayers, as well as the unspoken longings of our hearts, to you, liberating God, in the name of Jesus, your liberating Saviour.
Amen.

Water Creed

I believe in almighty God,
Creator and Divider of waters:
Salt and fresh,
Running and still,
Falling and frozen and fog;
Holy liquid, without which we would not be.

I believe in Jesus, the Christ,
Holy Child of God,
who was infused by the Spirit into the waters of creation,
who was nurtured and grown in Mary’s womb-water,
who entered the river-water with John,
who restored the storm-water to calm,
and who shared living-water with the woman at the well.

This was the One
who was condemned by the political sea-scape of the day,
whose blood-water was spilled on the cross,
whose breath-water was released back to God,
and who was placed in the ground to return his life-water to the earth.
But who, after three waterless, lifeless days, returned,
splashing us with heavenly identity
and holy promise.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,
who hovered over the waters,
who pours God’s very self into us,
who unites us with each other in the regenerating flow of love,
who restores our parched souls with reconciliation,
who promises life,
and who pledges that we will never be thirsty again.

Amen.

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