Monthly Archives: February 2013

Prayers for the Third Sunday in Lent

As we return to the waters of Baptism during this season of Lent, let us pray for the world God loves, the Church God calls, and all who need our prayers, saying “Hear us, O God,” and responding, “Your mercy is great.”

[Short pause]

Gracious, loving God, you do not give us what we deserve.  Instead, you give us what you want to give us – your love, your presence, your compassion.  We give you the thanks we are able to give.  Hear us, O God,
Your mercy is great.

Gracious, loving God, you give us gifts beyond measure – the ability to work, the ability to think, the ability to welcome each other, the ability to serve.  Help us respond to you by using these gifts to their full measure.  Hear us, O God,
Your mercy is great.

Gracious, loving God, you give us your Spirit, inspiring concern for our needy neighbours.  As we go though our week, use us to provide food for the hungry, shelter for the homeless, and welcome for the stranger.  Hear us, O God,
Your mercy is great.

Gracious, loving God, you give your church the promise of Good News, and a commission to proclaim it continually.  Remind us that your love permeates all of life, and that we are invited to share that love in all we do together.  Hear us, O God,
Your mercy is great.

Gracious, loving God, you give us a ministry of healing.  Use us to touch the sick, the lonely, the shut in and the shut out with your healing love.  We especially pray for those who lie heavy on our hearts.  [Long Pause]  Hear us, O God,
Your mercy is great.

Gracious, loving God, you do not give us what we deserve.  Free us from demanding that others meet our expectations.  Liberate us from making judgments about who deserves our consideration.  Fire our spirits, to release the love you give us.  Hear us, O God,
Your mercy is great.

We offer all these prayers, as well as the deep yearnings of our hearts, to you, gracious and merciful God, in the name of Jesus.
Amen.

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Prayers of the People for the Second Sunday in Lent

As we return to the waters of Baptism during this season of Lent, let us pray for the world God loves, the Church God calls, and all who need our prayers, saying “Hear us, O God,” and responding, “Your mercy is great.”

[Short pause]

Speaking, revealing God, you address us through prophets, calling us to ourselves.  You come to us in Jesus, demonstrating your love for all creation.  Inspire our gratitude.  Hear us, O God
Your mercy is great.

Speaking, revealing God, open our ears to hear your prophets speaking today.  When they make us uncomfortable, save us from anger.  Help us listen to what we need to hear.  Hear us, O God,
Your mercy is great.

Speaking, revealing God, you show yourself in the suffering of the weak, the helplessness of the persecuted, the vulnerability of children.  Help us embrace the little and the lost, trusting that you are with them.  Hear us, O God,
Your mercy is great.

Speaking, revealing God, your acceptance of us has made us citizens of heaven.  Strengthen our faith to live into this awesome reality, that all we are may point to you.  Hear us, O God,
Your mercy is great.

Speaking, revealing God, your love brings forgiveness and healing.  Walk with all who are broken by illness, addiction, hunger and violence, especially those we name before you.
[Long pause]
May we trust your presence with all who are in any need.  Hear us, O God,
Your mercy is great.

Speaking, revealing God, come among us.  Speak to us.  Reveal yourself through us.  Hear us, O God,
Your mercy is great.

We offer all these prayers, as well as the deep yearnings of our hearts, to you, gracious and merciful God, in the name of Jesus.
Amen.

Prayers of the People for Feb. 20

P   Let us pray for the world God loves, the Church God calls, and all people according to their needs, saying, Christ, who faced the cross, and responding, Turn our eyes to you.

P  Dear Jesus, we are often blind to the dangers and temptations which surround us.  Open our eyes, not only to be aware of the traps that threaten us, but also to be aware of your presence which does not abandon us.
L  Christ, who faced the cross,
C  turn our eyes to you.

P  Dear Jesus, the greatest temptation we face is self-sufficiency.  Remind us that we are your creation, that we are wonderfully dependant on you, and that all good comes from your loving, generous hand.
L  Christ, who faced the cross,
C  turn our eyes to you.

P  Dear Jesus, you call us to care for our neighbour as you have cared for us.  Free us from the temptation of selfishness; free us to be servants.
L  Christ, who faced the cross,
C  turn our eyes to you.

P  Dear Jesus, we pray for those who need our prayers, who need a reminder of your love, who need your healing touch, especially those we name before you now.
[Pause]
L  Christ, who faced the cross,
C  turn our eyes to you.

L  We offer these prayers, as well as the deep longings of our hearts, to you, holy, forgiving God, in the name of Jesus, who taught us to pray, Our Father in heaven, ….

Prayers for the First Sunday in Lent

As we return to the waters of Baptism during this season of Lent, let us pray for the world God loves, the Church God calls, and all who need our prayers, saying “Hear us, O God,” and responding, “Your mercy is great.”

[Short pause]

Holy Spirit, you move over the waters of creation, you claim us in baptism, you fill us with yourself.  We thank you.  Hear us, O God,
Your mercy is great.

Holy Spirit, you filled Jesus, but then led him in the wilderness.  You make us your people, but then call us into the empty spaces.  Remind us that you are indeed leading us.  Hear us, O God,
Your mercy is great.

Holy Spirit, we are tempted by many things – the allure of power, the mirage of control, the longing for security.  Free us from all that distracts from you.  Hear us, O God,
Your mercy is great.

Holy Spirit, you provide us un-numbered opportunities for ministry.  Open our eyes to the chances we have to serve your world.  Open our hearts to share the gifts you have given us.  Hear us, O God,
Your mercy is great.

Holy Spirit, we pray for those who are living in the wilderness of illness and hunger, isolation and abuse, addiction and violence, especially those we name before you now.
[Long pause]
Use us to be your presence with all those who feel alone.  Hear us, O God,
Your mercy is great.

Holy Spirit, you are present in the smallest parts of our lives, calling us to deeper relationships, deeper trust, deeper faith.  Guide us on the way.  Hear us, O God,
Your mercy is great.

We offer all these prayers, as well as the deep yearnings of our hearts, to you, gracious and merciful God, in the name of Jesus.
Amen.

Prayers of the People for Ash Wednesday

Acknowledging our dependence on God, we pray for the world God loves, the church God calls, and all people according to what they need, saying “Christ who faced the cross,” and responding, “Turn our eyes to you.”

[Short pause]

God who inspires repentance, you are gracious and merciful; you are full to overflowing with love.  You continually reach out to us.  Help us recognize this gift.  Help us respond.  Christ who faced the cross,
Turn our eyes to you.

God who inspires hope, today is the acceptable day; today is the day of salvation. Assist us not to wait for some future day of glory.  Assist us to live your promise now.  Christ who faced the cross,
Turn our eyes to you.

God who inspires service, turn us away from our selfishness; turn us toward our neighbour.  Show us how we can meet the needs around us.  Christ who faced the cross,
Turn our eyes to you.

God who inspires reconciliation, bring healing between people who are divided by anger, hatred, war, religious differences, or simply fear of the other.  Strengthen us to be peacemakers in this broken world.  Christ who faced the cross,
Turn our eyes to you.

God who inspires ministry, you call us to pray in secret, but also to let our light shine.  Remind us that all your gifts are not only given to us, but are to be given through us.  Help us to forgive as we have been forgiven, to feed as we have been fed, to comfort as we have been comforted, to challenge as we have been challenged, to free as we have been freed.  Christ who faced the cross,
Turn our eyes to you.

We offer all these prayers, as well as the deep yearnings of our hearts, to you, gracious and merciful God, in the name of Jesus, who taught us to pray,

Our Father in heaven….

Prayers for Transfiguration Sunday

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 of Moses and Elijah, of Peter, James and John, you have chosen people throughout history to be your people, to point to you, to serve their neighbour.  Help us respond in this time and place, so we may truly be your people, point to you, and serve our neighbours.  Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God of the church, we give thanks for walking with your people in Kitchener, Montreal and Baghdad.  May your church throughout the world reflect the light of your love into the dark places of life.  Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God of creation, all we see and have belong to you.  May our lives reflect the light of your care for all you have made.  May we think beyond our own wants and desires, become more aware of the needs of others, and work for a future aglow with justice.  Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God of mountain tops, we give thanks for times of inspiration and intimacy, of insight and awareness.  Free us from wanting to cling to your gifts; strengthen our faith to share it all.  Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God of low places, we thank you for your promise that nothing will separate us from your love.  Give us courage to enter the valleys of life – ghettos and slums, housing projects and hospital rooms, food banks and women’s shelters.  Open our hearts to share your love with all who need it, especially those we name before you.
[Long pause]
Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God of ministry, you send us down the mountain.  Lead the way, give us faith to follow, and give us eagerness to serve.  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.