Monthly Archives: November 2013

Prayers of the People for Advent 1, 2013

Walking in the hope of the coming Saviour, we pray for the world God loves, the Church God calls, and for all who wait for God’s justice, saying, Christ Jesus our Lord, and responding, Stir up your power and come.

[Brief pause]

God who is coming, prepare us for the gift of yourself which you have promised.  Christ Jesus our Lord,
Stir up your power and come.

God who is coming, open our eyes to see you, our ears to hear you, our hearts to welcome you.  But even more, open our mouths to proclaim you and our hands to share you.  Christ Jesus our Lord,
Stir up your power and come.

God who is coming, we thank you for the love which you show for all of creation.  Inspire us by your generosity.  Christ Jesus our Lord,
Stir up your power and come.

God who is coming, guide your church into faithful anticipation, that we may live today what you will be bringing tomorrow: forgiveness, reconciliation and peace.  Christ Jesus our Lord,
Stir up your power and come.

God who is coming, you are not far from any of us.  Use us to share your healing presence with all who are sick, addicted, poor, unemployed or isolated, especially those we name before you now.
[Long pause]
Christ Jesus our Lord,
Stir up your power and come.

God who is coming, prepare us for the gift of yourself which you have promised.  Christ Jesus our Lord,
Stir up your power and come.

We ask all these things of you, loving God, who provides more than we can comprehend, and promises more than we can imagine, in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

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Prayers of the People for the Reign of Christ

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

[Pause]

God of the crucified, Jesus prayed for those who were killing him.  Therefore we pray for all those who consider people expendable, who consider the earth a commodity, who consider creation their due.  Help us forgive, and assist us to remember their humanity.  We pray in hope,
Make all things new.

God of the weak, Jesus gave up power for the sake of love.  Therefore we pray for those who have voting rights taken away, whose stories are not heard, who insights are ignored.  Help us speak up, and assist us to affirm their humanity.  We pray in hope,
Make all things new.

God of the lost, Jesus welcomed the criminal who was killed with him.  Therefore we pray for those who are incarcerated, who are excluded, who are considered not good enough.  Help us reach out, and assist us to open ourselves to others.  We pray in hope,
Make all things new.

God of the sick, Jesus identified with the ill and outcast.  Therefore we pray for all who have lost health, who have lost direction, who have lost hope.  Help us let go of fear, and extend a healing touch to all in need, especially those we name before you now.
[Long pause]
We pray in hope,
Make all things new.

God of the church, Jesus called his followers to a life of service.  Therefore we pray for this congregation, for all churches, for all traditions.  Help us embrace our calling, and become the loving people you want us to be.  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 26 / Ordinary 33

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

[Pause]

God of endings, God of beginnings, you walk with us through all our valleys.  Enable us to embrace the changes that come.  We pray in hope,
Make all things new.

God of endings, God of beginnings, we fear loss of purpose, loss of direction, loss of control.  Give us vision, that we might start again with you.  We pray in hope,
Make all things new.

God of endings, God of beginnings, we are tempted to cling to the past, to hold on to what we knew.  Open our eyes to what you are doing around us; open our ears to what you have promised.  We pray in hope,
Make all things new.

God of endings, God of beginnings, as you walk with us, you strengthen us to walk with others.  We give thanks that we can support Syrian refugees, the people of the Philippines, the hungry of Waterloo Region.  Keep us open to being as generous with others as you have been with us.  We pray in hope,
Make all things new.

God of endings, God of beginnings, use us to bring your healing touch to those who experience illness, brokeness and isolation, especially those whom we name before you.
[Long Pause]
We pray in hope,
Make all things new.

God of endings, God of beginnings, help us trust your care.  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 25 / Ordinary 32

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

[Pause]

God of the dead, God of the living, you make us alive with Christ.  Enable us to embrace the mystery of life in you.  We pray in hope,
Make all things new.

God of the dead, God of the living, not even death separates us from your love.  Teach us to let go of our fear.  We pray in hope,
Make all things new.

God of the dead, God of the living, you call us to a new kind of life.  Open us to fresh understandings and innovative responses.  We pray in hope,
Make all things new.

God of the dead, God of the living, even our enemies are not dead to you.  Strengthen our desire to welcome all.  We pray in hope,
Make all things new.

God of the dead, God of the living, you are with us in all of our valleys.  Use us to share your healing concern with those whom we name before you.
[Long pause]
We pray in hope,
Make all things new.

God of the dead, God of the living, make us alive with Christ, that we may live for the world.  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.