Monthly Archives: June 2014

Prayers for the Celebration of a Covenant

This Sunday the congregations of St. Philip Lutheran and Maranatha Lutheran churches are celebrating the first anniversary of our Covenant Partnership.  These prayers reflect this celebration and emphasis.

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Since God has promised to hear our prayers, we offer our concerns for the world, the church, and all in need, saying, “Lord, in your mercy,” and responding, “Hear our prayer.”

[Short pause]

God of covenant, you have reached out to us, making us your baptized people.  Continue to guide us as we live into our covenant with you, and with each other.  Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God of relationship,  you walk with us in all of our interactions.  Open our eyes to see the loving possibilities which surround us.  Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God of partnership, you have brought these two congregations together, and blessed us with one year of ministry.  As we give you thanks, show us more opportunities to share your Good News in this community.  Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God of hope, no one is pointless; nothing is without purpose.  Enable us to trust your promise that all people are loved by you, that all people are blessed by you, that all people are capable of sharing you.  Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God of healing, nothing separates us from your care.  Therefore we ask you to send us to the sick and suffering, the lonely and bereaved, the poor and outcast, so that we may share what you have given us.  We especially pray for those we name before you now.
[Long pause]
Lord, in your mercy,

Hear our prayer.

God of covenant, you have reached out to us, making us your baptized people.  Continue to guide us as we live into our covenant with you, and with each other.  Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

We offer these prayers, as well as the unspoken desires of our hearts, to you, loving God, in the name of Jesus.
Amen.

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Prayers of the People for Trinity Sunday, 2014

Since God has promised to hear our prayers, we offer our concerns for the world, the church, and all in need, saying, “Let us pray,” and responding, “Hear us, God of love.”

[Short pause]

God of mountain tops, you come to us through all of life.  You call to us in joy and in pain.  You make us your own.  Strengthen our faith, so we may respond to your invitation.  Let us pray,
Hear us, God of love.

God of faith and doubt, we struggle with our beliefs.  We are inconsistent in our actions.  We forget your promises.  Remind us that your love does not waiver, and that you go with us always.  Let us pray,
Hear us, God of love.

God of heaven and earth, we go nowhere without you.  Open our eyes to the opportunities which surround us – to point to your presence, to welcome the stranger, to live in your light.  Let us pray,
Hear us, God of love.

God of all nations, no one is beyond your compassion and care.  Enable us, in the face of division, to look for unity; in the face of hatred, to work for acceptance; in the face of illness, to bring health; in the face of death, to trust your promise of life.  We especially pray for those who need our prayers, whom we name before you now.
[Long pause]
Let us pray,
Hear us, God of love.

God of promise, you call us to make disciples.  You give us more than enough.  You go with us.  We celebrate your call.  Help us respond.  Let us pray,
Hear us, God of love.

We offer these prayers, as well as the unspoken desires of our hearts, to you, loving God, in the name of Jesus.
Amen.

Prayers of the People for Pentecost Sunday, 2014

Since God has promised to hear our prayers, we offer our concerns for the world, the church, and all in need, saying, “Hear us, O God,” and responding, “Come, Holy Spirit.”

[Short pause]

God of creation, you speak all worlds, all people, all things into existence, and invite us to join your song.  Inspire is to sing you with our lives.  Hear us, O God.
Come, Holy Spirit.

God of the common good, you give us gifts so that we may take part in your on-going creation of life and community.  Remove our fear so we may join the dance.  Hear us, O God.
Come, Holy Spirit.

God of the church, you call all the baptized to share your concern for the world and people around us.  Strengthen our faith to reach out beyond what is comfortable, and embrace all that you are doing.  Hear us, O God.
Come, Holy Spirit.

God of life, you send us to all in need: all who are sick, all who are isolated, all who are different.  Use us to touch anyone who needs your healing, especially those who mourn in the community of Moncton, New Brunswick, the victims of violence in the Holy Land, and those we name before you now.
[Long pause]
Hear us, O God.
Come, Holy Spirit.

God of all, we thank you for Alice, and for all who remind us of your grace-filled presence.  Teach us again what we need to know and do, so that we may play our part in your great symphony.  Hear us, O God.
Come, Holy Spirit.

Trusting the promise that we will be heard, we offer these prayers, as well as the unspoken desires of our hearts, to you, loving God, in the name of our living saviour, Jesus the Christ.
Amen.