Prayers of the People for Pentecost 18 / Ordinary 25

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]

Generous God, you have given us all we have. May we remember this fundamental reality, and respond with lives that point to you. Hear us, O God,
Your mercy is great.

Confusing God, your priorities baffle us; your methods mystify us; your expectations bewilder our sensibilities. May we embrace ambiguity, and be open to the new. Hear us, O God,
Your mercy is great.

Challenging God, you do not promise perpetual comfort; you do not guarantee uninterrupted peace and tranquility. Open our ears to the uncomfortable, the tough, the real things that surround us; and may our responses be just as real. Hear us, O God,
Your mercy is great.

Calling God, you reach out to us through neighbours, friends and family. You reach out to our neighbours, friends and family through us. May we become more welcoming, more inviting, and more intentional about reaching out. Hear us, O God,
Your mercy is great.

Difficult God, you come most profoundly in the hard times – when people are lonely, depressed, poor, sick, unemployed and unappreciated. May we not be afraid of walking with people who are experiencing these trying
Your mercy is great.

Generous God, you have given us all we have. Free us to use your gifts creatively, extravagantly, and perhaps even wastefully, so that we, too, may become generous. 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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