Prayers of the People for Pentecost 17 / Ordinary 24

God has promised to hear our prayers.  Therefore 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]

Inviting, searching, welcoming God, we are your people; we are your church.  Strengthen our faith to trust your promise, and hold tight to who you say we are.  Hear us, O God,
Your mercy is great.

Inviting, searching, welcoming God, we have known fear; we have known doubt.  We know what it feels like to lost.  As we acknowledge who we have been, enable us to reach out to our fearful, doubting neighbours, with love that is both gentle and authentic.  Hear us, O God,
Your mercy is great.

Inviting, searching, welcoming God, you give gifts beyond our comprehension.  Increase our desire and willingness to share what you provide, so that our generosity will point to yours.  Hear us, O God,
Your mercy is great.

Inviting, searching, welcoming God, nothing in life keeps you away from us.  Use us to touch the sick, the hungry, the lonely, the angry, the depressed, and even those who might be our enemies, with the healing love and acceptance you have given us.  Hear us, O God,
Your mercy is great.

Inviting, searching, welcoming God, you have made us your individuals, your family, your people, your church.  Hold this promise before us, that, no matter what others may say, we may never forget that we belong to you.  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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