Prayers of the People for June 25, 2017, Pentecost 3

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

[Short pause]

God of conflict, God of peace, to follow Jesus is to acknowledge that disputes will come, and at the same time trusting your presence with us in the middle of them.  Give us the faith not to be afraid of the challenge.  Remind us, loving God,
It’s all about the world.

God of conflict, God of peace, you have walked with your people through all their days, all their decisions, all their struggles.  Increase our trust that you never leave us alone.  Remind us, loving God,
It’s all about the world.

God of conflict, God of peace, some of our difficulties are a result of faithfulness to your leading, and some of our difficulties are self-inflicted.  Keep us humble, that we might discern the difference, and respond appropriately.  Remind us, loving God,
It’s all about the world.

God of conflict, God of peace, we are painfully aware of the divisions between nations, between peoples, between communities, between family members, and even within ourselves.  Send us your reconciling Spirit, and then send us as reconcilers to your hurting world.  Remind us, loving God,
It’s all about the world.

God of conflict, God of peace, this good earth is unhealthy, and we know this in our own lives, in our own bodies.  Bring healing into this sick world, including the lives of [NAMES AND] those we name before you.
[Long pause.
Remind us, loving God,
It’s all about the world.

God of conflict, God of peace, guide us and support us through our ups and downs, that we might faithfully point to your love, whatever comes.  Remind us, loving God,
It’s all about the world.

Trusting the promise of unbounded love, we pray in the name of of Jesus, who taught us to pray, Our Father in heaven,….

Prayers of the People for June 18, 2017, Pentecost 2

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

[Short pause]

God our refuge, we are not perfect.  We do not have our acts together.  We fail and we fall.  Enable us to remember your compassion.  Remind us, loving God,
It’s all about the world.

God our refuge, with you we are welcome.  With you, all are welcome.  Free us from our fear.  Remind us, loving God,
It’s all about the world.

God our refuge, you do not demand that we get it right.  You simply invite us to trust your love.  Help us respond; help us reach out.  Remind us, loving God,
It’s all about the world.

God our refuge, you extend your invitation to an authentic human life through us.  May our lives shine with your presence.  Remind us, loving God,
It’s all about the world.

God our refuge, you call your church to share the compassion you have given us.  Help us trust your presence so much that we no longer fear to care for those around us.  Remind us, loving God,
It’s all about the world.

God our refuge, you come when we can no longer move; you support when we are unable to try; you are present when everything denies your presence.  Help us as we touch those who need healing, especially [NAMES, AND] those we name before you.
[LONG PAUSE]
Remind us, loving God,
It’s all about the world.

God our refuge, your love provides all the safety we need.  Strengthen us to take the risk of trusting your love in all we do.  Remind us, loving God,
It’s all about the world.

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

Prayers of the People for Holy Trinity Sunday, June 11, 2017

Trusting the promise of God’s presence, now and forever, we offer our prayers for the world, the church, and all in need.

[Short pause]

Holy Three, Holy One, you create us, you restore us, you support and strengthen us.  That we would grow in trust of your promise, we offer our prayer,
Come Holy Spirit.

Holy Three, Holy One, your promise goes with us into every encounter, every disappointment, every hurt, every failure.  That we would remember your promise wherever we go, wherever we are, we offer our prayer,
Come Holy Spirit.

Holy Three, Holy One, every day we are confronted with what can’t be, what can’t be done, what can’t be attempted, what can’t be tried.  That we would learn to listen less to the fear around and within us, and more to your presence and call, we offer our prayer,
Come Holy Spirit.

Holy Three, Holy One, you call your Church to risk, to take chances, to go out on a  limb for the sake of those who have been forgotten.  That we would be willing partners in your work of reclaiming creation, we offer our prayer,
Come Holy Spirit.

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Holy Three, Holy One, you have claimed Jacqui and Brandon as your beloved children.  That you would use them to challenge us to trust more extravagantly, that you would use us to support them to live more faithfully, and that you would use all of us to proclaim your love more enthusiastically, we offer our prayer,
Come Holy Spirit.

Holy Three, Holy One, your presence does not come in spite of our difficulties and challenges; your presence comes because of our difficulties and challenges.  As you remind us of your promise, use us to remind others who need a touch of your grace, especially [NAMES, AND] those we name before you now.
[Long pause]
That we would be faithful messengers of your promise, we offer our prayer,
Come Holy Spirit.

Holy Three, Holy One, your promise does not fail.  That you would help us hold on to your assurance, we offer our prayer,
Come Holy Spirit.

Trusting the promise of God, whose word cannot fail, we pray in the name of Jesus,
Amen.

Prayers of the People for June 4, 2017, the Festival of Pentecost

Relying on the present of the Spirit among us, and trusting that presence in our world, we offer our prayers to the God who comes.

[Short pause]

Spirit of God, you call us into the deep.  That we would remember that you are swimming with us, no matter how high the waves, we offer our prayer,
Come Holy Spirit.

Spirit of love, you welcome all as you have welcomed us.  That we would be freed from our fear of others, we offer our prayer,
Come Holy Spirit.

Spirit of hope, your vision for life is inclusive, filled with expectation and lived with equity.  That we would walk beside those who struggle for a more just world, we offer our prayer,
Come Holy Spirit.

Spirit of strength, you send us into deep water.  That we would keep our eyes on you, trusting that nothing, not even failure, will separate us from your love, we offer our prayer,
Come Holy Spirit.

Spirit of service, you release us to share what you have given us.  That we would open our hands as well as our hearts, and gratefully respond to the needs around us, we offer our prayer,
 Come Holy Spirit.

Spirit of healing, you are with us in our darkest moments.  That we would recognize your light in the shadows, and shine your rejuvenating presence with all who need a reminder of your love, including [NAMES, AND] all we name before you.
[Long pause]
We offer our prayer,
Come Holy Spirit.

Spirit of God, you call us into the deep.  That we would remember that you are swimming with us, no matter how high the waves, we offer our prayer,
Come Holy Spirit.

Trusting the promise of Christ in our midst, we pray in the name of Jesus,
Amen.

Prayers of the People for May 28, 2017 Easter 7

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]

Holy One, you are present in the in-between times.  Give us patience to wait with you, and to trust your presence.  God of new life,
Hear our prayer.

Holy One, you go with us through the in-between times.  Open our eyes to see how we can wait for you more faithfully wait, and give us the courage to trust you with the outcome.  God of new life,
Hear our prayer.

Holy One, you call to us in the in-between times.  Free us from our desire to control events, our desire to control others, our desire to control you.  Give us faith to listen while we wait.  God of new life,
Hear our prayer.

Holy One, you move in the in-between times.  Enable us to trust that, even when life is ambiguous, you are there.  God of new life,
Hear our prayer.

Holy One, you carry us in the in-between times.  Help us, not only to see you with us, but to show your care for those who are hurting.  Use us to express your compassion for [NAMES, AND] all those whom we name before you.
[Long pause]
God of new life,
Hear our prayer.

Holy One, you are found in the in-between times.  As we wait for you to reveal yourself more fully, give us patience, give us faith, give us hope.  God of new life,
Hear our prayer.

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

Prayers of the People for May 21, 12017, Easter 6

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]

Holy One, you are found in all of life, with all people, in all circumstances and situations.  Open us to your presence.  God of new life,
Hear our prayer.

Holy One, sometimes we are distressed by what we see, by what we experience.  Free us from being judgmental about others.  Open us to your presence.  God of new life,
Hear our prayer.

Holy One, keep us available to the people around us who have questions, who are in pain, who are self-absorbed, who don’t have time.  Show us your love for them.  Open us to your presence.  God of new life,
Hear our prayer.

Holy One, remind us that the validity of our faith is not determined by the response of others to us.  Remind us that they have their own paths, and that you reject no one.  Free us to share this journey with all whom we encounter.  Open us to your presence.  God of new life,
Hear our prayer.

Holy One, you share our journey with us, and with all who are in any need.  Use us to be your healing hands for those who are sick, your comforting hands for those who are hurting, your supportive hands for those who are challenged.  We especially pray for [NAMES, AND] all whom we name before you.
[Long pause]
Open us to your presence.  God of new life,
Hear our prayer.

Holy One, you are found in all of life, even ours.  Open us to your presence.  God of new life,
Hear our prayer.

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