Monthly Archives: January 2014

Prayers of the People for the Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany.

Trusting the promise of God who enlightens all of life, we offer our prayers for the world God loves, the Church God calls, and all people according to their needs, saying, “Light of the world,” and responding, “Shine on us and through us.”

[Short pause]

God of the margins, you speak most clearly through those who are told they have no voice.  Open our ears to hear what you are saying through the outsider, the powerless, the weak.  Light of the world,
Shine on us and through us.

God of the margins, you come most profoundly to those who are considered expendable.  Help us proclaim and celebrate the value of the unemployed, the homeless, the hungry.  Light of the world,
Shine on us and through us.

God of the margins, you cry out most intensely from the hard places in life.  Use us to shout out your compassion in back alleys, crack houses, broken families and decaying neighbourhoods.  Light of the world,
Shine on us and through us.

God of the margins, you love your whole creation, but you express your deepest concern for those who live on the underside of life.  Show us the suffering that is too easily hidden, invisible, ignored.  Remind us of our call to serve.  Light of the world,
Shine on us and through us.

God of the margins, our illness, our disease, our loneliness does not keep you at bay.  Send us to those who need any kind of healing, especially those we name before you.
[Long pause]
Light of the world,
Shine on us and through us.

God of the margins, you challenge our assumptions, and rearrange our priorities.  Enable us to trust what you are doing to us, that we may take part with joyful abandon as you remake the world.  Light of the world,
Shine on us and through us.

We pray in the name of Jesus, our light, our life, and our hope.
Amen.

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Prayers of the People for the Third Sunday after the Epiphany 2014

Trusting the promise of God who enlightens all of life, we offer our prayers for the world God loves, the Church God calls, and all people according to their needs, saying, “Light of the world,” and responding, “Shine on us and through us

[Short pause]

God who calls us, you walk with all people, reach out to all people, support all people.  We thank you for your care.  Light of the world,
Shine on us and through us.

God who calls us, you have brought us into your church, with all of our gifts, with all of our challenges.  Enable us to welcome as we have been welcomed.  Light of the world,
Shine on us and through us.

God who calls us, you surround us with people who can make us uncomfortable, with situations which can point out our weaknesses.  Strengthen our faith to let go of proving ourselves; help us trust your presence.  Light of the world
Shine on us and through us.

God who calls us, you send us to the lonely, the shut-in, the unemployed, the sick and the dying.  Use us to extend your healing touch to those we name before you.
[Long pause]
Light of the world,
Shine on us and through us.

God who calls us, give this congregation a vision of what we might be in this community.  Show us how we can serve most faithfully in this time and place.  Light of the world,
Shine on us and through us.

We pray in the name of Jesus, our light, our life, and our hope.
Amen.

Prayers of the People for the Second Sunday After the Epiphany 2014

Trusting the promise of God who enlightens all of life, we offer our prayers for the world God loves, the Church God calls, and all people according to their needs, saying, “Light of the world,” and responding, “Shine on us and through us.”

[Short pause]

Loving God, your vision is always bigger.  Open our eyes to see more of what you are doing around us.  Light of the world,
Shine on us and through us.

Loving God, your welcome is always wider.  Continue to work on us, that we may learn to receive all whom you send into our lives.  Light of the world,
Shine on us and through us.

Loving God, your mission is always grander.  Move us beyond our past, to embrace the future you are bringing.  Light of the world,
Shine on us and through us.

Loving God, your love is always more inclusive.  Inspire us to reach out beyond our comfort zones, that we may discover you with the widow and orphan, the homeless and addict, the foreigner and refugee.  Light of the world,
Shine on us and through us.

Loving God, your presence is always closer.  Give us the courage to go where others won’t go: to the sick and the shut-in, to the contagious and the outcast, to the misunderstood and the ignored.  We especially bring our prayers for those we name before you.
[Long pause]
Use us to touch pain-filled lives with your healing.  Light of the world,
Shine on us and through us.

Loving God, you are always calling us up, calling us out, calling us beyond.  Increase our faith, that we may respond eagerly, and serve willingly.  Light of the world,
Shine on us and through us.

We pray in the name of Jesus, our light, our life, and our hope.
Amen.

Prayers of the People for the Baptism of our Lord 2014

Trusting the promise of God who enlightens all of life, we offer our prayers for the world God loves, the Church God calls, and all people according to their needs, saying, “Light of the world,” and responding, “Shine on us and through us.”

[Short pause]

God of the Big Picture, broaden our view.  Give us increased vision to see what you are doing.  Light of the world,
Shine on us and through us.

God of details, focus our vision.  Show us your presence in the small, the insignificant, the forgettable.  Light of the world,
Shine on us and through us.

God of the Big Picture, the universe is vast.  Enable us not only to celebrate your creation, but to remember how interconnected all of life is.  Send us as caretakers into your vast creation.  Light of the world,
Shine on us and through us.

God of details, our lives at times seem unimportant, our capabilities are so limited.  Help us to let go of doing “great things”; help us embrace doing little things with great love.  Light of the world,
Shine on us and through us.

God of the Big Picture, your concern is for all people, all relationships, all politics, all illness, all oppression, all injustice.  Inspire us with a vision of peace, and make us part of the answer.  Light of the world,
Shine on us and through us.

God of details, your concern is lived out in specific people, concrete relationships, particular politics, actual illness, genuine oppression, real injustice.  Use us to bring your healing love to those we name before you.
[Long pause]
Light of the world,
Shine on us and through us.

God who is God, nothing is too big or too small for you.  Give us faith to trust your presence in all we do, in all we see, in all we are.  Light of the world,
Shine on us and through us.

We pray in the name of Jesus, our light, our life, and our hope.
Amen.

Prayers of the People for the Second Sunday of Christmas

Walking in the light of the Saviour, let us pray to God for the needs of the world, the ministry of the Church, and for all people everywhere, saying, “Christ Jesus, by your coming,” and responding, “Set us free for ministry.”

[Short pause]

God who comes, you speak yourself into our world, into our reality.  Help us listen for your voice; help us hear your call.  Christ Jesus, by your coming,
Set us free for ministry.

God who comes, you proclaim love and acceptance for all.  Help us live your welcome by reaching out to the despised, and embracing the unloved.  Christ Jesus, by your coming,
Set us free for ministry.

God who comes, you call us to an honest encounter with our own brokenness.  Walk with us as we struggle to acknowledge the truth about ourselves; remind us that nothing about us will stop your love for us.  Christ Jesus, by your coming,
Set us free for ministry.

God who comes, your openness to us inspires our own willingness to love.  Use us to touch those who are isolated, poor, ill or dying, especially those we name before you.
[Long pause]
May we speak your healing love into reality.  Christ Jesus, by your coming,
Set us free for ministry.

God who comes, inspire this congregation to respond to your invitation.  Free us from whatever holds us back, so we might speak your loving Word in Kitchener.  Christ Jesus, by your coming,
Set us free for ministry.

We pray in the name of Jesus, our light, our life, and our hope.
Amen.