Prayers of the People for Pentecost 19 / Ordinary 26

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]

Loving God, you meet us where we are.  Open us to your presence in all our interactions.  Hear us, O God,
Your mercy is great.

Loving God, you call us to meet others where they are.  Take away our fear of the weird, so we may welcome all those you put in our lives.  Hear us, O God,
Your mercy is great.

Loving God, you call us to a different set of priorities.  Free us to be weird, so we may embrace new ways of being your people.  Hear us, O God,
Your mercy is great.

Loving God, you call us to go where we haven’t gone before.  Give us faith to admit our anxiety, trust to hold on to your promise, and courage to take the next step, whatever that may be.  Hear us, O God,
Your mercy is great.

Loving God, nothing separates us from your love.  We pray for those who have fallen through the cracks – the sick, the unemployed, refugees and those who don’t live up to our expectations.  Use us to touch them with your care.  Hear us, O God,
Your mercy is great.

Loving God, God of the weird, free us from our doubt.  Help us comprehend the vastness of your love, and live with joyful abandon.  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, loving God, in the name of Jesus, the Christ.
Amen.

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