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.

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