Prayers of the People for Pentecost 4 / Ordinary 10

Trusting the promise of God that our prayers will be heard, we offer our concern 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.”

[Brief pause]

We pray for the nameless ones: whose lives are ignored, whose pain is scorned, whose gifts are dismissed.  Open our eyes to see your presence in their very being.  Hear us, O God,
Your mercy is great.

We pray for the powerful ones: whose whims can become law, whose priorities can become skewed, whose mission, nevertheless, is the greater good.  Open our mouths to remind them of your presence in their very being.  Hear us, O God,
Your mercy is great.

We pray for the victims of violence: those who are considered expendable, those who are considered dangerous, those who are considered outsiders.  Open our hearts to refuges and immigrants, that we may rediscover your presence in their very being.  Hear us, O God,
Your mercy is great.

We pray for the suffering ones: those who are defined by their illness, those who see no way out, those who have lost hope.  Open our hands to touch all hurting people with your love, that they may sense your presence in their very being.  Hear us, O God,
Your mercy is great.

We pray for the prophetic ones: who proclaim how things can be different, who refuse to submit to the status quo, who call us to account.  Open our ears to the truth they announce, that we may respond to your presence in our very being.  Hear us, O God,
Your mercy is great.

We pray for this congregation: called to welcome the nameless; called to confront the powerful; called to support victims of oppression; called to bring healing to the sick; called to take part in the ministry of the prophets.  Open our lives to all you are doing through the people around us, that we may reflect your presence in our very being.  Hear us, O God,
Your mercy is great.

We offer these spoken prayers, as well as those offered in the silence of our hearts, to you, O God, in the name of Jesus the Christ.
Amen.

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