Prayers of the People for Pentecost 5 / Ordinary 12

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]

Faithful God, your promise surpasses our failure.  Your love exceeds our divisions.  Remind us that you call us to be your people, reflecting your light in this darkened world.  Hear us, O God,
Your mercy is great.

Faithful God, you are doing much more than we can see in our little corner of the planet.  Open our eyes to see and our ears to hear.  Then, faithful God, open our hearts to respond.  Hear us, O God,
Your mercy is great.

Faithful God, you are active in our world, our community, our congregation, our families, our lives.  Make us more sensitive to the movement of your Spirit among us, that we may join your dance.  Hear us, O God,
Your mercy is great.

Faithful God, you do not judge by our standards.  Free us from measuring worth by numbers.  Save us from determining value by utility.  Keep us from evaluating strictly by success or failure.  Open us to embrace the new, the different, the challenging.  Hear us, O God,
Your mercy is great.

Faithful God, you walk with us through all our valleys.  Enable us to reach out to the sick and suffering.  Use us as your healing hands, your listening ear, your healing presence, especially for those we name before you now.
[Long pause]
Hear us, O God,
Your mercy is great.

Faithful God, we pray for the ministry of this congregation.  Free us from fear.  Liberate us from trying to re-create the past.  Move us into your promised future.  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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