Monthly Archives: October 2013

Prayers of the People for All Saints Sunday

We pray with all the people of God throughout the ages, saying, “We pray in hope,” and responding, “Make all things new.”

[Pause]

In thanks for all who have walked the earth before us, who received God’s blessings with thanks, and who guided us along the way, we pray in hope,
Make all things new.

In thanks for all who walk through life with us today, who share their gratitude and remind us of the source of all good, we pray in hope,
Make all things new.

In thanks for those who have died in faith, who pointed us to the grace which surrounds us, and whom we remember today, especially [names of those who have died in the faith in the last year, and other individuals may be named as well], we pray in hope,
Make all things new.

In thanks for the promise that all the earth will be renewed, and for those who remind us of our responsibility toward those who will come after us, we pray in hope,
Make all things new.

In thanks for your promise that you abandon no one: not the orphan, not the abused, not the addict, not the sick, nor those we name before you.  [Long pause]  We pray in hope,
Make all things new.

In thanks for those who spend their lives making peace, bringing reconciliation, and providing hope, and praying that we would be numbered among them, we pray in hope,
Make all things new.

We offer these spoken prayers, our silent prayers, and the prayers for which we have no words, to you, loving God, in the name of our brother Jesus.
Amen.

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Prayers of the People for Pentecost 23 / Ordinary 30 / Reformation Sunday

As God has promised to walk with us, God has also promised to hear us.  So we pray for all who need our prayers, saying, “We pray in hope,” and respond, “Make all things new.”

[Brief pause]

God who creates and re-creates, we give thanks for sea and sky, for mountain and valley, for farm and city, for family and community.  Make us more aware of the gifts you give.  We pray in hope,
Make all things new.

God who forms and re-forms, through the Good News you continue to make your church, and make it new.  Strengthen our faith to embrace the re-formation you are bringing today.  We pray in hope,
Make all things new.

God of the righteous and unrighteous, you turn your back on no one.  Open our arms to those who are different, that we might learn more deeply who we are, and who you are.  We pray in hope,
Make all things new.

God of stability and change, in a disordered world and shifting society, remind us of your promise.  Help us confess our anxiety, and teach us again to cling to you.  We pray in hope,
Make all things new.

God of the healthy and the sick, nothing separates us from your care.  Use us to touch those who are convinced that poverty, hunger, violence, illness and death are the only realities of their lives.  We pray in particular for those who are especially on our minds and hearts.
[Long silence]
Remind us that we are your ambassadors of healing and anticipation.  We pray in hope,
Make all things new.

God who is God, you are the source and goal of all that is.  Break down the walls we construct between ourselves and others, that we would see, and celebrate, all our similarities.  We pray in hope,
Make all things new.

We offer these spoken prayers, our silent prayers, and the prayers for which we have no words, to you, loving God, in the name of our brother Jesus.
Amen.

Prayers of the People for Pentecost 22 / Ordinary 29

As God has promised to walk with us, God has also promised to hear us.  So we pray for all who need our prayers, saying, “We pray in hope,” and respond, “Make all things new.”

[Brief pause]

Inspiring God, you blow through your whole creation, bringing life, meaning and purpose.  Open our eyes to see, and our ears to hear.  We pray in hope,
Make all things new.

Inspiring God, fill your people with the sense of your presence, that all we say, do and are, will reflect your love.  We pray in hope,
Make all things new.

Inspiring God, free us from clinging to a too comfortable past.  Free us from fearing an undefined future.  Free us to embrace the ambiguous “now,” trusting that this is where you are.  We pray in hope,
Make all things new.

Inspiring God, wake us up.  Show us the situations around us which display your presence.  Show us the people around us with whom we can serve.  Show us the next step in our journey.  We pray in hope,
Make all things new.

Inspiring God, we thank you for moving through people who bring healing, relief and comfort to those who have fallen through the cracks.  We pray for those who need our prayers, as well as those who care for them.
[Long pause]
We pray in hope,
Make all things new.

Inspiring God, inspire us, that we may be a blessing in this world that you love.  We pray in hope,
Make all things new.

We offer these spoken prayers, our silent prayers, and the prayers for which we have no words, to you, loving God, in the name of our brother Jesus.
Amen.

Prayers of the People for Pentecost 21 / Ordinary 28 / Canadian Thanksgiving

As God has promised to walk with us, God has also promised to hear us.  So we pray for all who need our prayers, saying, “We pray in hope,” and respond, “Make all things new.”

[Brief pause]

In gratitude for all the gifts we have been given and promised, that we would more and more be shaped by God’s generosity, we pray in hope,
Make all things new.

For the poor around us, that their needs would be met; for ourselves, that we would be part of how their needs are met; and for all of us, that we would work together toward real answers, we pray in hope,
Make all things new.

For leaders of nations, that political advantage and questing for power would give way to a desire to serve and a striving for justice, we pray in hope,
Make all things new.

For this congregation, as well as [other neighboring churches and/or faith communities], that we would respond with faith and thanksgiving to the future you are bringing, we pray in hope,
Make all things new.

For people who are sick, hurting, depressed, angry, lonely, hungry, cold, homeless or without hope, that they may experience, through our ministry, the loving healing and gentle welcome of Jesus, we pray in hope,
Make all things new.

For all people, for the whole world, for all of creation, we give thanks.  That we would be more willing servants, who, through our lives, bring life, we pray in hope,
Make all things new.

We offer these spoken prayers, our silent prayers, and the prayers for which we have no words, to you, loving God, in the name of Jesus.
Amen.

Prayers of the People for Pentecost 20 / Ordinary 27

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, “We pray in hope,” and responding, “Make all things new.”

[Brief pause]

That all people may experience the extravagant welcome of God that has been give to us, and that we may share that extravagant welcome with everyone we meet, and everyone we know, we pray in hope,
Make all things new.

That political leaders would remember the people they are called to serve, and that the people of Papua New Guinea and Syria, who are facing impossible situations, may be assisted by our efforts at bridge building and justice making, we pray in hope,
Make all things new.

That Lilly, Mark, Becky, Thomas, Rachel, Sam, Pascal, Mary and Michaela may be strengthened in faith by the waters of Baptism, we pray in hope,
Make all things new.

That we, the members of St. Philip’s church, may embrace our calling to support Lilly, Mark, Becky, Thomas, Rachel, Sam, Pascal, Mary and Michaela as we all rediscover God’s baptismal promise, we pray in hope,
Make all things new.

That the healthy may reach out to the sick, the rich may serve the poor, the powerful may offer themselves to the weak, and the full may share with the hungry, so we all may be part of the coming of the reign of God, we pray in hope,
Make all things new.

That we may cling to the promise of God’s love in the best and the worst of times, we pray in hope,
Make all things new.

We offer these spoken prayers, our silent prayers, and the prayers for which we have no words, to you, loving God, in the name of our brother Jesus.
Amen.