Prayers of the People for Pentecost 6 / Ordinary 13

Trusting the promise that God will hear our prayers, 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]

God who sets us free, you release us from all that keeps us from being your people: hatred, fear, greed, selfishness.  Enable us to live into this freedom.  Hear us, O God,
Your mercy is great.

God who sets us free, you do not define us by our brokenness.  Soften our hearts, so we do not define others by their brokenness.  Hear us, O God,
Your mercy is great.

God who sets us free, open us to the prospect of serving.  Fill us with compassion to reach out to the people around us.  Hear us, O God,
Your mercy is great.

God who sets us free, you call us to new possibilities, new ways of being church, new ways of responding to your call.  Make us eager for the future you are preparing for us.  Hear us, O God,
Your mercy is great.

God who sets us free, use us to touch the sick, the unemployed, the homeless and the hungry with your self-giving care.  We especially pray that you will reach out to those we name before you.
[Long pause]
Make us vehicles of healing.  Hear us, O God,
Your mercy is great.

God who sets us free, you walk with this congregation.  Strengthen our faith as we walk with each other, that we may reflect your love in all we do and all we are.  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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