Prayers of the People for the 4th Sunday after Pentecost, 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]

For the people of this world, that, instead of being seen simply as sources of income, we may come to see each other as authentic human beings and valued partners, created in God’s loving image, let us pray,
Hear us, God of love.

For native people in our community, whose land we share, that we would be open to hearing their stories, let us pray.
Hear us, God of love.

For ourselves, that we would stop drawing lines around people; that we would no longer include some and exclude others; that we would be open to the gifts of those who are different from us, let us pray.
Hear us, God of love.

For the church, that we would be open to the realities which surround us; that we would respond to the promptings of the Spirit; that would become enraged at injustice, and engaged in the struggle for a better world, let us pray.
Hear us, God of love.

For those people who need our prayers: the homeless, the hungry, the sick and the dying, especially those we name before God.
[Long pause]
And also that we would be the means by which God would spread hope and healing to these people, let us pray.
Hear us, God of love.

For this congregation, as we embark on a new adventure, that we would remember who we are, that we would cling to the promise of God, that we would support each other as we make the journey into God’s future, 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.

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