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.

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