Prayers of the People for Epiphany 3

Celebrating the coming of the One who brings the reign of God to all people, let us pray for the world God loves, the Church God calls, and all people according to their needs, saying, Lord, in your mercy, and responding, Hear our prayer.

[Brief pause]

God who speaks light into being, shine on us.  Shine in us.  Shine through us.  Shine brightly, so that the world may know your care.  Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God who speaks love into being, guide us into becoming the loving people you have called us to be.  Help us to reach out to our neighbours, especially those who are not loved, and not welcomed.  We remember specifically the native peoples who share this land with us.  Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God who speaks life into being, increase our wonder at your good creation.  May its awesomeness inspire us to care for air, land, water, plants, animals and insects.  Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God who speaks hope into being, send us as messengers of expectation.  May we look for your presence in the hard places of life; may we see you in the darkness; may we work with you as you bring your reign to our reality.  Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God who speaks health into being, use our hands to bring healing to the sick, our presence to bring comfort to the isolated, our voices to bring your word of promise to the hopeless, especially those we name before you now.
[Long pause]
Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God who speaks community onto being, you call us together so we may learn the joy of service.  Free us from seeing your gifts as the goal.  Strengthen our faith to use them for the good of others.  Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God who shines in the darkness, receive these prayers and the prayers of our hearts, in the name of the one who is your light, Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

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