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.

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