Monthly Archives: January 2017

Prayers of the People for January 29, 2017 (Epiphany 4)

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]

God of the poor in spirit, God of all who mourn, remind us of your presence in the empty times of life.  Fill us with love, and inspire us to hope.  God who shines in darkness,
Fill us with your light.

God of the meek, God of those who crave righteousness, teach us to let go of all that gets in the way of our following you, and teach us to hold on to everything that points to your love.  God who shines in darkness,
Fill us with your light.

God of the merciful, God of the pure in heart, encourage a spirit of compassion within us, that we may faithfully continue the journey you began in our baptism.  God who shines in darkness,
Fill us with your light.

God of peacemakers, God of the persecuted, we fear the risk of following Jesus, yet you have made us your people precisely for this purpose.  Set us free from hesitation and rationalization.  Move us to carry today’s cross.  God who shines in darkness,
Fill us with your light.

God of the reviled, the spat upon, the disparaged, the excluded; strengthen our resolve to be welcoming, our commitment to share, our desire to embrace.  Show us where we need to go together, and motivate us to take the necessary steps.  God who shines in darkness,
Fill us with your light.

God of the sick and the hurting, the isolated and the scared, send us as carriers of your promise to all those who need healing: family, friends, acquaintances and strangers, as well as those whom we name before you.
[Long pause]
God who shines in darkness,
Fill us with your light.

God of the Beatitudes, we give you thanks for the privilege of being your blessed ones.  As we wrestle with what it means to be church in our day, help us wrestle together, help us wrestle honestly, and help us wrestle toward that day when the whole world will be aware of your blessing.  God who shines in darkness,
Fill us with your light.

We offer all these prayers, as well as the unspoken longings of our hearts, to you, liberating God, in the name of Jesus, who taught us to pray, Our Father….

Prayers of the People for January 8, 2017, (The Baptism of Our Lord)

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]

God of water, God of Word, you have chosen us to be your people in this place.  Strengthen our faith to embrace this calling.  God of our baptism,
Make us even more your people.

God of water, God of Word, creation’s waters cry out from abuse, from commodification, from straight pipe pollution.  Stir your people to care for this good creation.  God of our baptism,
Make us even more your people.

God of water, God of Word, the words we speak reveal the hearts within us.  Move us to use words which communicate the love and acceptance which you have poured into us.  God of our baptism,
Make us even more your people.

God of water, God of Word, we give thanks for the unity and friendship we have experienced between Christians.  May we grow further into this relationship, so that our community and world can catch a glimpse of your loving presence.  God of our baptism,
Make us even more your people.

God of water, God of Word, we remember before you our bishops, Susan and Fred, Michael and Ron.  We pray for the leaders of our congregations and parishes, and we ask your blessing on all members of your church.  Walk with us, that we may walk with each other.  God of our baptism,
Make us even more your people.

God of water, God of Word, you claim us in our weakness.  Enable us to reach out to those who are confronted with limitations: those who have lost jobs or family, those with no homes or no hope, those who lost health or meaning, especially those we name before you.
[Long pause]
God of our baptism,
Make us even more your people.

God of water, God of Word, you have chosen us to be your people in this place.  Strengthen our faith to embrace this calling.  God of our baptism,
Make us even more 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.