Prayers of the People for Pentecost 11, August 24, 2014

Trusting the promise that our prayers will be heard, we offer our concerns for the world God loves, the Church God calls, and all people according to their needs.

[Short pause]

God of creation, you surround us with reminders of your love and care. Open our hearts to the wonder of who you are. Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God of the world, your love extends to all. In the face of terror and oppression, in the face of evil and exclusion, keep us open to sharing what you give. Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God of the church, you have claimed us through water and word, through promise and grace. Remind us again of who you are, so we may remember who we are. Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God of all people, your desire for the world is justice and peace. When governments remember this, use us to support them. When rulers forget this, use us to remind them. Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God of healing, use us to restore those who are broken and desperate, who are exploited and subjugated, who are abused and forgotten, who are ill and isolated, especially [names, and] those we name before you.
[Long pause]
Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God of life, help us believe the identity you have given us. Help us trust the promise you have made to is. Help us live the life to which you call us. Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

With thanks for all your life-giving 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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