Monthly Archives: July 2013

Prayers of the People for Pentecost 11 / Ordinary 18

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 is Creator, send us into life to be caretakers of all you have made, that all may share the goodness of this world.  Hear us, O God,
Your mercy is great.

God who is Love, send us into life to be your loving people in this world of hatred and fear.  Hear us, O God,
Your mercy is great.

God who is Presence, send us into life to be with those who have been forgotten.  Open our eyes to their reality; open our ears to their cries.  Hear us, O God,
Your mercy is great.

God who is Justice, send us into life to demonstrate a new way of living.  Fill us with anger at injustice; fill us with desire to make a difference.  Hear us, O God,
Your mercy is great.

God who is Change, send us into life with new priorities.  Free us from selfish safety; free us for risky service.  Hear us, O God,
Your mercy is great.

God who is Compassion, send us to the sick, the lonely, the cut off, the hungry, and those we name before you.
[Long pause]
Use us to bring your healing wherever it is needed.  Hear us, O God,
Your mercy is great.

God who is God, send us into life, assured that you are the Centre.  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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Prayers of the People for Pentecost 10 / Ordinary 17

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]

Jesus, teach us to pray, as you taught your first followers, and change us into the people you call us to be.  Hear us, O God,
Your mercy is great.

Jesus, teach us to pray, as you taught your first followers, and soften our hearts which have become so hardened toward others.  Hear us, O God,
Your mercy is great.

Jesus, teach us to pray, as you taught your first followers, and open our ears to learn from those who are different.  Hear us, O God,
Your mercy is great.

Jesus, teach us to pray, as you taught your first followers, and enable us to admit our selfishness and fear, our anger and prejudice.  Hear us, O God,
Your mercy is great.

Jesus, teach us to pray, as you taught your first followers, and help us see the needs around us as opportunities to share your love.  Hear us, O God,
Your mercy is great.

Jesus, teach us to pray, as you taught your first followers, and open our eyes to the needs of the planet, the poor, refugee and the abused.  Hear us, O God,
Your mercy is great.

Jesus, teach us to pray, as you taught your first followers, and use us to bring your healing touch to those in any need, especially those we name before you.  [Pause]  Hear us, O God,
Your mercy is great.

Jesus, teach us to pray, as you taught your first followers, and change us into the people you call us to be.  [Long pause]  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.

Prayers of the People for Pentecost 9 / Ordinary 16

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 of prophets and seers, you speak words which are difficult to hear, words which challenge our assumptions, words which call us to account.  Help us listen to what you are saying.  Hear us, O God,
Your mercy is great.

God of psalmists and singers, your song gives meaning and purpose to life.  Open our mouths to sing the music of the world you are bringing into existence around us.  Hear us, O God,
Your mercy is great.

God of apostles and pastors, you reach out to us through the ministry and support of others.  Give us the desire and energy to reach out as well.  Hear us, O God,
Your mercy is great.

God of Mary and Martha, we thank you for your presence in our “doing.”  But remind us that it is only by holding on to your Word that we can understand the reason for our “doing.”  Hear us, O God,
Your mercy is great.

God of healers and care givers, use us to share your compassion with all who suffer.  We especially pray your presence upon the victims of war, hunger, poverty and abuse, as well as those we name before you.
[Long pause]
Hear us, O God,
Your mercy is great.

God of individuals and communities, you call to us singly; you call to us collectively.  Strengthen us to respond.  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.

Prayers of the People for Pentecost 8/Ordinary 15

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 of the Other, you come to us in Samaritans and Muslims, Gays and politicians, atheists and foreigners.  Open our ears to listen, and help us to pay attention.  Hear us, O God,
Your mercy is great.

God of the Other, you speak to us through needy children and underemployed parents, through single moms and homeless men, through crime victims and convicted criminals.  Open our hearts to love, and free us from judging.  Hear us, O God,
Your mercy is great.

God of the Other, you call to us through Word and Sacrament, through neighbour and stranger, through people who confront and challenge us.  Open us to the New, and liberate us to change.  Hear us, O God,
Your mercy is great.

God of the Other, you cry out in the charred remains of Lac-Mégantic, in the drought-stricken farms of Kenya, in the flooded downtowns of Calgary and Toronto.  Increase our awareness of what we are doing to this planet, and fire our desire to change direction.  Hear us, O God,
Your mercy is great.

God of the Other, you are found in hospital rooms and funeral homes, in unemployment offices and homeless shelters, and refugee camps and free clinics.  Use us to touch the sick and needy around and among us with your healing presence, especially those we name before you.
[Long pause]
Hear us, O God,
Your mercy is great.

God of the Other, open us to your presence in all Others.  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.

Prayers of the People for Pentecost 7 / Ordinary 14

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 calls us, you have a mission in this world, and you call us to take part in it.  Strengthen us for ministry.  Hear us, O God,
Your mercy is great.

God who calls us to love, you welcome all, including those who would be your enemies.  Open us to the people around us, including those we consider our enemies.  Hear us, O God,
Your mercy is great.

God who calls us to serve, you provide for the needs of all.  Open our hands to share your abundance.  Hear us, O God,
Your mercy is great.

God who calls us to speak, you show us the injustice and oppression which is all too common in our world.  Give us the courage to open our mouths, so we may speak truth to power, and courage to weakness.  Hear us, O God,
Your mercy is great.

God who calls us together, you have created your church to proclaim and live out your Good News.  We thank you for those who took part in our national convention this week.  We ask for safe travel as they return home, and for increased enthusiasm for the work to which you call us.  Hear us, O God,
Your mercy is great.

God who calls us to heal, you remove our fear of illness and death, so we can reach out to those who suffer.  Open our hearts to those who are sick, hungry, outcast or different, that we may touch them with your restoring love.  We especially pray for those we name before you.
[Long pause]
Hear us, O God,
Your mercy is great.

God who calls us, you have a mission in this world, and you call us to take part in it.  Strengthen us for ministry.  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.