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.

Prayers of the People for Pentecost 9, Ordinary 17, July 26, 2015

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

[Short pause]

God who is present, we live every second of our lives in your light. Open our eyes to see you; open our hands to share what you have given. Remind us, loving God,
It’s all about the world.

God who comes to the needy, desperation does not keep you away. Keep us from acting like some people are more deserving than others. Remind us, loving God,
It’s all about the world.

God who feeds the hungry, we have a hard time believing that we have more than we need. Show us how rich we really are; show us how generous we can really be. Remind us, loving God,
It’s all about the world

God who comforts the afflicted, we offer, not just our words, not just our prayers, but our very selves for all who are ill, shut-in, isolated and lonely, including [NAMES, AND] all those whom we name before you. [LONG SILENCE] Remind us, loving God,
It’s all about the world.

God who afflicts the comfortable, help us trust that your reign has already begun, and then use us to proclaim this truth to the world, to those in power, and any who will listen. Remind us, loving God,
It’s all about the world.

God who refuses to leave us alone, inspire us to follow your promptings, and to accept the fact that you are not finished with us yet. Remind us, loving God,
It’s all about the world.

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

Prayers of the People for Pentecost 8, Ordinary 16

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

[Short pause]

God of nomads, you are found on the road, on the way, on the journey. Forgive us for attempting to confine you to our buildings.  Remind us, loving God,
It’s all about the world.

God of relationships, you are found among strangers, between enemies, in the world. Forgive us for attempting to restrict you to ourselves. Remind us, loving God,
It’s all about the world.

God of Israel, you are found in ancient stories, in promises made, in covenants kept. Widen our vision to see you beyond our present. Remind us, loving God,
It’s all about the world.

God of the Church, you claim us again as your people, you forgive our brokenness, you re-energize us for service. Forgive us for relegating you to the past. Help us respond to what you are doing today. Remind us, loving God,
It’s all about the world.

God of the poor and sick, you are most profoundly present in situations of need, of lack, of pain and distress. Inspire us to share your compassion with those who are ill, who have lost hope, who see no future, or who fear the future they do see, including [NAMES, AND] all those whom we name before you.
[LONG PAUSE]
Remind us, loving God,
It’s all about the world.

God of mission, you come for us, but not only for us. You accompany us, but not just to comfort us. You walk with us, but not only for our sake. Send us out empowered, inspired and eager to serve all with whom we come in contact. Remind us, loving God,
It’s all about the world.

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

Prayers of the People for Pentecost 7, Ordinary 15

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

[Short pause]

God of love, you have created us all in your image; you have created us all wonderfully different. Help us embrace the uniqueness of each one, that we may discover our unity in you. Remind us, loving God,
It’s all about the world.

God of justice, you call us beyond self-interest; you call us to care for all. Strengthen us to stand with those outside of power and wealth, and point to your presence among the weak. Remind us, loving God,
It’s all about the world.

God of reconciliation, you invite us to work for restored relationships. Open our eyes to the divisions we create, and give us the courage to dismantle them. Remind us, loving God,
It’s all about the world.

God of Good News, your acceptance reaches far beyond what we imagine, and drives us to welcome those who have been enemies. Give us faith to let go of our hurt; help us hold on to your promise. Remind us, loving God,
It’s all about the world.

God of healing, you do not abandon us in our brokenness; we can trust your presence at all times and in all places. Restore those whose health has failed, including [NAMES, AND] all those whom we name before you.
[Long pause]
May the healing we receive strengthen our ability to serve. Remind us, loving God,
It’s all about the world.

God of the Church, we entrust the decisions of our national convention, as well as the life of this congregation, to your care. Focus our energy on what you are doing in this world; may we be partners in making a difference. Remind us, loving God,
It’s all about the world.

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

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.