Prayers of the People for Pentecost 12, August 31, 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 the cross, you are present in all suffering. Give us faith to trust that we are not alone. Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God of the cross, you call us into the hard corners of life. Use us to shine the light of your love in the darkness around us.  Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God of the cross, you ask us to be willing to suffer with others. Fill us with compassion for those who live in any kind of pain. Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God of the cross, you call your church out of safety, to give up security, to embrace vulnerability. Strengthen our community to accept the risk of following you. Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God of the cross, we pray for the unemployed and under-employed, the addicted and the depressed, the neglected and the abused, the sick and the dying, and all those we name before you [including names].
[Long pause]
May we be among those who offer care and companionship. Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God of the cross, you know our experience; you know our pain; you know our longing for peace. Continue to walk with us, so that we may walk with others, and enable us all to trust your presence in the middle of all of life. 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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