Prayers of the People for January 1, 2017

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

[Short pause]

Jesus, in whose name we live, we give thanks for your presence with us through this last year, and for your promise that you will accompany us in the new year.  That we may hold to this promise, whatever comes, we lift up our prayer,
Come now, O Prince of Peace, make us one body
Come, O Lord Jesus, reconcile your people.

Jesus, in whose name we celebrate, we give thanks for the gifts we have been given, the relationships of which we are a part, and the forgiveness which embraces all of our realities.  That we may share what you have given, we lift up our prayer,
Come now, O Prince of Peace, make us one body
Come, O Lord Jesus, reconcile your people.

Jesus, in whose name we serve, we offer our prayers for those who are hurting in this world: the hungry, the refugee, the lonely, the victims of violence.  That we may be part of a life-giving answer to a death-dealing world, we lift up our prayer,
Come now, O Prince of Peace, make us one body
Come, O Lord Jesus, reconcile your people.

Jesus, in whose name we worship, we, your church, ask for your guidance in the challenges we face.  That you would give us a vision of what we can become, the will to ask the right questions, and the faith to respond to your invitation, we lift up our prayer,
Come now, O Prince of Peace, make us one body
Come, O Lord Jesus, reconcile your people.

Jesus, in whose name we pray, in gratitude for hearing us, in anticipation of what you will bring, and in the desire to be embraced by your call, we lift up our prayer,
Come now, O Prince of Peace, make us one body
Come, O Lord Jesus, reconcile your people.

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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