Monthly Archives: November 2016

Prayers of the People for Advent 1, 2016

We are invited to bring our world and our lives to God in prayer, trusting that we will not only be heard, but strengthened for ministry.  Trusting this promise, let us pray.

[Short pause]

God who has come, God who comes, God who will come, you call the world into your presence.  May we be open to respond.  Liberating God,
Hear our prayer.

God who has come, God who comes, God who will come, your love extends to all people.  May we not only break down the walls of hatred and suspicion, may we refuse to build them.  Liberating God,
Hear our prayer.

God who has come, God who comes, God who will come, you have created us to live in diversity, to live with difference.  May we be open to the gifts that others bring.  Liberating God,
Hear our prayer.

God who has come, God who comes, God who will come, you call your church to live in the light of your promise now.  May we respond today.  Liberating God,
Hear our prayer.

God who has come, God who comes, God who will come, you have called us to serve our neighbours.  We give thanks for those who have responded to this call by offering to serve in elected office.  May they remember the source of their call, and may we support them as they struggle to be faithful to that call.  Liberating God,
Hear our prayer.

God who has come, God who comes, God who will come, you are most profoundly present in the middle of pain and weakness.  May we be your presence with those who are sick, shut-in, depressed or excluded, especially [NAMES, AND] those we name before you.
[Long pause]
Liberating God,
Hear our prayer.

God who has come, God who comes, God who will come, you call the world into your presence.  May we be open to respond.  Liberating God,
Hear our prayer.

We offer all these prayers, as well as the unspoken longings of our hearts, to you, liberating God, in the name of Jesus, our liberating Saviour.
Amen.

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Prayers of the People for the Reign of Christ, 2016

Embracing the ministries to which we are called, we offer our prayers for the world God loves, the church God calls, and all people according to their needs.

[Short pause]

God of love, you ARE love.  We give thanks for your gift of love to us.  May we share your gift with those who need it most.  God of our baptism,
May we respond to your call.

God of forgiveness, in Jesus you reconcile us to yourself, as well as to each other.  May we live this gift in our lives together.  God of our baptism,
May we respond to your call.

God of peace, you come to a world filled with crosses, filled with hate, filled with violence.  Help us to accept the cost of being peacemakers in this fear-filled world.  God of our baptism,
May we respond to your call.

God of creation, you have made us caretakers of this world.  Free us from hoarding your gifts for ourselves.  Remind us of the needs of future generations.  God of our baptism,
May we respond to your call.

God of the suffering, we admit that we have a hard time trusting your presence in the pain-filled parts of life.  Open our eyes to see your Christ with the suffering ones around us.  God of our baptism,
May we respond to your call.

God of the sick, you are present when we have lost all ability to care for ourselves.  Bring your wholeness to those who are ill.  We remember especially [NAMES, AND] those we name before you.
[Long pause]
Use us to bring your healing wherever it is needed.  God of our baptism,
May we respond to your call.

God of the church, strengthen the faith your people.  Free us from our fear of the different.  Increase our joy in your presence.  Open us to what you are doing today.  God of our baptism,
May we respond to your call.

We offer all these prayers, as well as the unspoken longings of our hearts, to you, liberating God, in the name of Jesus, our liberating Saviour.
Amen.