Monthly Archives: March 2013

Prayers of the People for Easter Sunday

As we celebrate God’s salvation, demonstrated in the resurrection of Jesus, let us pray for the world God loves, the church God calls, and all people according to their needs, saying, “God of new life,” and responding, “Hear our prayer.”

[Short pause]

God of Resurrection, Hallelujah! You have the last word; you have the final say. Your love even conquers death. Help us celebrate. God of new life,
Hear our prayer.

God of Resurrection, Hallelujah! In your great love, you accept us as we are. You endure our foolishness, our willfulness, our intentional blindness. Guide us into more faithful living. God of new life,
Hear our prayer.

God of Resurrection, Hallelujah! You are beyond our scientific explanations; you are always more than we can grasp. Give us faith to embrace the mystery of our existence; give us grace to live with ambiguity. God of new life,
Hear our prayer.

God of Resurrection, Hallelujah! Your salvation brings hope, precisely because there is so much in life that denies you: war, hunger, injustice, broken relationships. Show us how to live your Easter promise in this Good Friday world. God of new life,
Hear our prayer.

God of Resurrection, Hallelujah! There is nothing in life which is beyond your healing, resurrecting love. We offer our prayers for those who need them – the sick, the isolated, the hopeless, the angry, the cynical, and all we name before you.
[Long pause]
Use us to shine your light into the dark places around us. God of new life,
Hear our prayer.

God of Resurrection, Hallelujah! You surround us with impossible possibilities. Show us the amazing new things you are doing. Break through our carefully cultivated realism. Free us from ourselves, that we may truly be Easter people. God of new life,
Hear our prayer.

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

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Prayers of the People for Maundy Thursday

P – On this night, when betrayal and salvation are in the air, we offer our prayers 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.”

[Pause]

P – God who saves, as we remember Jesus’ suffering, help us also remember your promise that you are present in the middle of our betrayals, our brokenness, our emptiness.
L – Christ, who faced the cross,
C – turn our eyes to you.

P – God who saves, as we remember Jesus’ gift of himself in Communion, help us also remember your presence in the hungry, the sick, the stranger, the different.
L – Christ, who faced the cross,
C – turn our eyes to you.

P – God who saves, as we remember Peter’s denials and our own betrayals, help us also remember your faithfulness and forgiveness.
L – Christ, who faced the cross,
C – turn our eyes to you.

P – God who saves, as we remember Jesus self-giving love for us, help us remember your love for all of your creation.
L – Christ, who faced the cross,
C – turn our eyes to you.

P – God who saves, as we remember the covenant you have made with your people, help us remember that we are sent to all people.
L – Christ, who faced the cross,
C – turn our eyes to you.

P – God who saves, as we remember the story of our salvation, help us remember that it is not just about us.
L – Christ, who faced the cross,
C – turn our eyes to you.

God of our salvation, we trust that you hear our prayers, not because they are pure, but because you are pure; not because we are holy, but because you are holy.  Help us live your promise, in the name of Jesus.
Amen.

Prayers of the People for Palm Sunday

As we remember that God’s mighty acts of salvation have come through the humility and weakness of Jesus, we pray for the world God loves, the church God calls, and all people according to their needs, saying, “Hear us, O God,” and responding, “Your mercy is great.”

[Short pause]

God of salvation, we offer our praise and thanks to you for revealing yourself to us in Jesus.  May we follow him by offering our lives for the poor and needy.  Hear us, O God,
Your mercy is great.

God of humility, we look for you in the high places – palaces, parliaments and capital cities.  Yet you come most profoundly where we are not looking – soup kitchens, day cares, pawn shops, hospital waiting rooms, funeral homes.  Give us faith to look down.  Hear us, O God,
Your mercy is great.

God of weakness, your reign does not come by power, by manipulation, by our standards of success.  You come through service, through strangers, and in the midst of suffering.  Take our eyes off the glamorous; refocus us on the little things you are doing.  Hear us, O God,
Your mercy is great.

God of salvation, no part of life is outside your concern.  Help us be aware of your presence in living rooms and board rooms, in coffee shops and work shops, in malls and e-mails, on exit ramps and passing lanes, in check-out lines and crack houses.  Help us respond to your love wherever we are.  Hear us, O God,
Your mercy is great.

God of humility, you call us to care more about serving than being served, to care more about understanding than being understood, to care more about loving than being loved.  Give us the gift of humility.  Hear us, O God,
Your mercy is great.

God of weakness, use us to proclaim your promise to those who are weakened by illness and poverty, by broken relationships and dead-end jobs, by helplessness and hopelessness, especially those we name before you.
[Long pause]
Hear us, O God,
Your mercy is great.

God of our salvation, we trust you hear our prayers, not because they are pure, but because you are pure; not because we are holy, but because you are holy.  Help us rest in your promise, in the name of Jesus.
Amen.

Prayers of the People for the Fifth 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]

Extravagant God, your generosity is overwhelming; your care for us is awe-inspiring.  Open our eyes to see all you have given.  Open our hearts in gratitude.  Hear us, O God,
Your mercy is great.

Extravagant God, we are draw to the safe, the secure, the risk-free.  Break through our fears, so our giving may be a reflection of yours.  Hear us, O God,
Your mercy is great.

Extravagant God, Mary gave with reckless abandon, and her gift was accepted by Jesus.  Set us free from self-serving charity, from giving only to benefit ourselves, from asking “What’s in it for me?”  Help us seek the good of our neighbour.  Hear us, O God,
Your mercy is great.

Extravagant God, you call us to live in such a way that those around us catch a glimpse of your care.  Rescue us from our greed, so we might bless the world as you bless us.  Hear us, O God,
Your mercy is great.

Extravagant God, your concern for us is all-encompassing; your compassion embraces every facet of our lives.  Use us to reach out to those who have special needs: the sick, the shut-in, the homeless, the hungry, and all we name before you.
[Long pause]
Strengthen our faith to “step up.”  Hear us, O God,
Your mercy is great.

Extravagant God, keep us from hiding behind words like excessive, wasteful and unrealistic.  Help us be examples of what “can be.”  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 the Fourth 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]

Reconciling God, you have come running to us with words of welcome.  Help us believe that you mean it.  Hear us, O God,
Your mercy is great.

Reconciling God, in a world which is divided and fractured, you call us to work toward unity and healing.  Strengthen us to be peacemakers.  Hear us, O God,
Your mercy is great.

Reconciling God, in a society which uses people and treasures things, you call us to live by different priorities.  Increase our desire to love the way you do.  Hear us, O God,
Your mercy is great.

Reconciling God, we have all done our share of destroying trust, of betraying confidence, of breaking relationships.  Change our direction, that we may become the ambassadors of reconciliation you call us to be.  Hear us, O God,
Your mercy is great.

Reconciling God, bring healing to those whose lives have been broken by illness, poverty, violence and disaster, especially those we name before you.
[Long pause]
Use us to extend your compassion to the hurting.  Hear us, O God,
Your mercy is great.

Reconciling God, everything you do, everything you are, is about restoring relationships.  Make that so of 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.