Prayers of the People for Palm Sunday, 2014

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]

God of love, God of life, you call your people to challenge the assumptions and expectations of our world. Guide us as we struggle with our own assumptions, and strengthen us to grow into the loving people you desire. Hear us, O God,
Your mercy is great.

God of love, God of life, Jesus entered Jerusalem at a specific time and place.  You call us to our community in this time and place.  Help us respond to your call.  Hear us, O God,
Your mercy is great.

God of love, God of life, Jesus inspired hope in the hopeless, and anticipation in the oppressed.  Help us embrace our role as peacemakers in this warring, conflicted world.  Hear us, O God,
Your mercy is great.

God of love, God of life, Jesus inspired fear in the powerful.  Keep us faithful in the face of adversity and opposition, that we may point to you in all places and circumstances.  Hear us, O God,
Your mercy is great.

God of love, God of life, you are not far from all who hurt, all who are sick, all who are poor, all who are dying.  Use us as your compassionate, healing hands, to touch all whom we name before you.
[Long pause]
Hear us, O God,
Your mercy is great.

God of love, God of life, in the face of changes and threats, of dangers and unknowns, remind us of your constant presence.  Hear us, O God,
Your mercy is great.

We offer all these prayers, as well as the deep yearnings of our hearts, to you, gracious and merciful God, in the name of Jesus.
Amen.

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