Monthly Archives: March 2015

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Prayers of the People for Palm/Passion Sunday, 2015

In Jesus, God has come into our world, embracing every aspect of our lives. We now respond to this gift in prayer for the world God loves, the church God calls, and all people in any need.

[Short pause]

Loving God, you come into the messiness of politics and opinion, of power and fear. Help us follow where you lead. God who embraces us,
Hear our prayer.

Loving God, you come into the messiness of relationships and friendships, of broken interactions and hurting hearts. Help us trust your presence. God who embraces us,
Hear our prayer.

Loving God, you come into the messiness of church and kingdom, into the confusion of divided loyalties. Help us see your light. God who embraces us,
Hear our prayer.

Loving God, you come into the messiness of this congregation and parish, in the midst of leaky roofs and lonely neighbours. Help us embrace your priorities. God who embraces us,
Hear our prayer.

Loving God, you come into the messiness of illness and pain, of fearful lives and unanswered questions, of unemployment and diminishing pensions, of uncertainty and apprehension. Use us to reach out into the messiness of the lives of [NAMES, AND] all those whom we name before you.
[Long pause]
God who embraces us,
Hear our prayer.

Loving God, you come into the messiness of our lives. Help us trust your presence, even here, even now. God who embraces us,
Hear our prayer.

We pray all this in the name of Jesus, who came, who comes, who has promised to come, our Saviour and our Friend.
Amen.

Prayers of the People for the Fifth Sunday in Lent, 2015

God has joined us in our journey of life. Trusting that presence, we offer our prayers for the world God loves, the church God calls, and all people in any need.

[Short pause]

Loving God, your church wants to see Jesus. Open the eyes of all your people to see you in the smallest corners of life. [Pause] God who speaks in silence,
Come to us. Come through us.

Loving God, this congregation wants to see Jesus. Open us to your presence, that together we may become more aware of your love for us. [Pause] God who speaks in silence,
Come to us. Come through us.

Loving God, the individuals gathered here want to see Jesus. Remove the blinders that we have created, so we may see you more clearly. [Pause] God who speaks in silence,
Come to us. Come through us.

Loving God, the people of [THIS COMMUNITY] want to see Jesus. Enable your people to be more authentic in living out your promise. [Pause] God who speaks in silence,
Come to us. Come through us.

Loving God, those who are hurting want to see Jesus. Motivate us to reach out to the sick, the shut-in, the under-employed, the stranger, the different, the addicted, and all who need a welcoming touch. We especially pray for [NAMES, AND] all those we name before you.
[Pause]
God who speaks in silence,
Come to us. Come through us.

Loving God, we want to see Jesus. Loving God, we want to show Jesus. Remind us that, in spite of our failures, you are showing your love to the world. [Pause] God who speaks in silence,
Come to us. Come through us.

We pray all this in the name of our Saviour, our companion and our guide, Jesus the Christ. Amen.

Prayers of the People for the Fourth Sunday in Lent, 2015

God has joined us in our journey of life. Trusting that presence, we offer our prayers for the world God loves, the church God calls, and all people in any need.

[Short pause]

God who reveals, you show yourself to us in the ordinary, in the mundane, in the every day. Open our eyes to look where you are to be found. [Pause] God who speaks in silence,
Come to us. Come through us.

God who reveals, you come to us in those places where we expect you not to be: in suffering, in loneliness, in death. Assist us to look in the hard places in life. [Pause] God who speaks in silence,
Come to us. Come through us.

God who reveals, you speak to us through people to whom we find it difficult to listen: those who speak different languages, wear different clothing, pray in different ways. Help us hear your Word to us, even if it is our enemies who are doing the talking. [Pause] God who speaks in silence,
Come to us. Come through us.

God who reveals, you are active in this community; you are breathing through this congregation. Free us from our old expectations; open us to see where you are moving; motivate us to join your dance. [Pause] God who speaks in silence,
Come to us. Come through us.

God who reveals, you promise health in the middle of sickness; you promise light when we cannot see; you promise life in the midst of death. Show your life-giving presence to those who are ill, who are hungry, who are refugees, who are excluded, especially [NAMES, AND] those whom we name before you. [Pause] God who speaks in silence,
Come to us. Come through us.

God who reveals, may we also be among those who speak your healing Word to this hurting world. May we also be among those through whom you reveal your love. [Pause] God who speaks in silence,
Come to us. Come through us.

We pray all this in the name of our Saviour, our companion and our guide, Jesus the Christ.
Amen.

Prayers of the People for the Third Sunday in Lent, 2015

God has joined us in our journey of life. Trusting that presence, we offer our prayers for the world God loves, the church God calls, and all people in any need.

[Short pause]

Loving God, you are our God. You have chosen us, called us, and led us. Accept our thanks for your mercy.  [Pause]  God who speaks in silence,
Come to us. Come through us.

Loving God, you do not just watch us. You guide us, direct us, remind us, and call us again and again. Open our ears to hear. [Pause] God who speaks in silence,
Come to us. Come through us.

Loving God, the life to which you call us is directed outward, to the people and situations of our world today. Inspire us by your love. [Pause] God who speaks in silence,
Come to us. Come through us.

Loving God, with you we have a marvellous history, inspired by your presence, maintained by your forgiveness. Remind us that we also have a future, held in your hands, set by your promise. [Pause] God who speaks in silence,
Come to us. Come through us.

Loving God, your presence extends into the darkest corners of our world, the loneliest portions of our lives. We offer our prayers for those in pain, in poverty, in isolation; those who are ill, unemployed, underemployed; all who are addicted, who feel hopeless, who feel pointless; and all whom we name before you. [Pause] God who speaks in silence,
Come to us. Come through us.

Loving God, you have made us yours. Enable us to respond. [Pause] God who speaks in silence,
Come to us. Come through us.

We pray all this in the name of our Saviour, our companion and our guide, Jesus the Christ.
Amen.