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.

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