Prayers of the People for Pentecost 9, July 17, 2016

Embracing the ministries to which we are called, we offer our prayers for the world God loves, the church God calls, and all people according to their needs.

[Short pause]

God of Mary and Martha, you welcome all, and invite us to do the same.  Free us from laying expectations on how others should respond.  God of our baptism,
May we respond to your call.

God of Mary and Martha, there are many ways of serving.  Free us from trying to control others.  God of our baptism,
May we respond to your call.

God of Mary and Martha, you give a universe of gifts to all people.  Enable us to be open to the gifts of others, even if they are not what we expect.  God of our baptism,
May we respond to your call.

God of Mary and Martha, you call us to engage with the people around us.  Set us free from our fear of difference.  Set us free to learn something new.  God of our baptism,
May we respond to your call.

God of Mary and Martha, as part of our service, you ask us to extend healing hands to all who are ill, who are cut off, who are excluded.  We offer our prayers for all who are in need, including [NAMES, AND] all those we name before you.
[Long pause]
God of our baptism,
May we respond to your call.

God of Mary and Martha, you liberate us by your grace, setting us free to serve.  Open us to the possibilities which surround us.  God of our baptism,
May we respond to your call.

We offer all these prayers, as well as the unspoken longings of our hearts, to you, loving God, in the name of Jesus, who taught us to pray, Our Father in Heaven….

Prayers of the People for Pentecost 8, July 10, 2016

Embracing the ministries to which we are called, we offer our prayers for the world God loves, the church God calls, and all people according to their needs.

[Short pause]

Loving God, we live in a world at war with itself, at war with you.  When we are too willing to hate, forgive.  When we lack the resolve to love, strengthen our determination.  God of our baptism,
May we respond to your call.

Loving God, open us to those who are different.  Expand our vision, so we may see your image in those who are not like us.  Help us grow with them into the people you call us to be.  God of our baptism,
May we respond to your call.

Loving God, you speak to us through Samaritans, through outsiders, through Muslims, through gays and lesbians, through natives, through protestors, through people who disturb us, through people who challenge us.  Help us listen in spite of our discomfort.  Help us hear your voice, no matter how inconvenient .  God of our baptism,
May we respond to your call.

Loving God, you call us to be your healing presence, in our world and in our community.  Use us to touch those who need a reminder of your presence, especially [NAMES, AND] those we name before you.
[Long pause]
God of our baptism,
May we respond to your call.

Loving God, strengthen us to stand up, to be neighbour to those in need, to oppose everything which dehumanizes and diminishes.  Motivate us to care.  Inspire us to trust.  Move us to act.  God of our baptism,
May we respond to your call.

We offer all these prayers, as well as the unspoken longings of our hearts, to you, loving God, in the name of Jesus, who taught us to pray, Our Father in Heaven….

Prayers of the People for Easter 4, 2016

We celebrate new life in Christ by bringing before God all those people and situations that need raising up, and asking that we be part of the healing process.

[Pause]

God of life, God of new life, you call us to question, to wonder, to explore.  Help us let go of finding the answers too quickly.  Help us embrace the not-yet-knowing.  We pray to the living God,
Lord, hear our prayer.

God of life, God of new life, you come to us in mystery, in questions without answers, in problems without solutions.  Enable us to let go of trying to arrive at the end.  Enable us to enjoy the journey.  We pray to the living God,
Lord, hear our prayer.

God of life, God of new life, we are confronted with needs and desires, with difficult tasks and impossible expectations.  Assist us to trust that it’s not about us; but that it’s about you.  We pray to the living God,
Lord, hear our prayer.

God of life, God of new life, you have called this congregation to new ventures and  a re-focussed ministry.  Guide us along our way.  May we leave the results in your hands.  We pray to the living God,
Lord, hear our prayer.

God of life, God of new life, we bring before you the people and situations which have no solutions, no way out, no way through.  We pray for the victims of war, hunger, poverty and power games.  We lift up the sick, the shut-in, the excluded and the grieving, especially [NAMES, AND] all those we name before you.
[Long pause]
We pray to the living God,
Lord, hear our prayer.

God of life, God of new life, you are the God of the impossible.  You have called us to join you.  Inspire us to respond.  We pray to the living God,
Lord, hear our prayer.

Trusting your life-giving promise, we offer these prayers in the name of Jesus, our living Saviour.
Amen.

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.