Prayers of the People for the Fifth Sunday of Easter, 2014

Celebrating the gift of new life in Christ, we offer our prayers for the world, the Church, and all in any need, saying, “To you, living Christ,” and responding, “We offer our prayer.”

[Short pause]

God of life, God of new life, you come to us in the middle of our reality, our broken reality, our longing reality.  Speak your new life into our lives, that we may become signs of your presence.  To you, living Christ,
We offer our prayer.

God of life, God of new life, we come to you with questions and complaints, yet we do not always want to hear your responses.  Open our ears and our hearts, that we may welcome what you give us.  To you, living Christ,
We offer our prayer.

God of life, God of new life, open our eyes to see who you are for us, so that we may be free to reach out with your love and concern for the world around us.  To you, living Christ,
We offer our prayer.

God of life, God of new life, inspire compassion for the sick and hurting, that we may be vehicles of your care.  We offer our special prayers for those who need them. [Long pause] To you, living Christ,
We offer our prayer.

God of life, God of new life, we are confronted with changing situations, changing perspectives, changing ministries. Remind us of your constant love, your perpetual care, your faithful presence. To you, living Christ,
We offer our prayer.

With thanks for all your gifts, we pray these prayers, as well as those hidden in the depths of our hearts, to you, loving God, in the name of the risen Jesus.
Amen.

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