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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