Prayers of the People for Pentecost 13, September 7, 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 who is present, your promise to be among us makes it possible for us to engage in building community.  Remind us that you are at the heart of everything that happens between us.  Lord, in your mercy
Hear our prayer.

God who is present, you do not promise that we will always get along; but you DO promise that you will hang in with us anyway.  Enable us to trust your promise, and show your love to those with whom we disagree.  Lord, in your mercy
Hear our prayer.

God who is present, your world is full of conflict: between nations, between peoples, between religious traditions, between family members, between congregations, between believers.  Strengthen us to show your presence, even in the uncomfortable places in life.  Lord, in your mercy
Hear our prayer.

God who is present, you do not abandon us in our conflicts.  Move us not to abandon each other.  Lord, in your mercy
Hear our prayer.

God who is present, we pray with each other for those who need our prayers: the sick, the shut-in, the hungry, the oppressed, the forgotten, and those who are close to us whom we name before you, (especially names).
[Long pause]
Lord, in your mercy
Hear our prayer.

God who is present, open our eyes to see the opportunities we have to be peacemakers.  Open our hearts to be willing to share your love.  Open our hands to welcome those who are different.  Remind us that you are here, even among 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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