Prayers of the People for the Third Sunday after the Epiphany, 2014

Having been called into the light of Christ, and trusting the Spirit’s guidance in our journey, we offer our prayers for the world God loves, the church God calls, and all people in any need.

[Short pause]

God who comes, open us to your shocking presence in all our moments. God of light,
Shine on us and through us.

God who surprises, enable us to respond with joy to the opportunities which seem to drop into our laps. God of light,
Shine on us and through us.

God who disturbs, forgive our hesitation and reluctance. Move us beyond our astonishment; move us into the things you are doing. God of light,
Shine on us and through us.

God who approaches, you insert yourself into our weakness, into our pain, into our silent agony and secret suffering. Make us willing to accept others in their weakness, pain and suffering, that we all may catch a glimpse of your light in our darkness. God of light,
Shine on us and through us.

God who shines in our shadows, bring your healing to those who are sick, your reassurance to those who doubt, your promise to those who wonder, your peace to those who hate, your love to those who fear, your life to those who are dying, and your presence to those who are alone. Be with all those whom we name before you.
[Long pause]
God of light,
Shine on us and through us.

God who comes, you are relentless. Strengthen our faith to respond, over and over, again and again, no matter the cost, no matter the direction. God of light,
Shine on us and through us.

We pray all this in the name of our light and our life, Jesus the Christ.
Amen.

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