Prayers of the People for February 19, 2017 (Epiphany 6)

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]

Liberating God, we give thanks for story tellers, who tell us again who we are, who gently show us our inconsistencies, and who remind us of who we can be.  God who shines in darkness,
Fill us with your light.

Liberating God, the stories you tell us about ourselves set us free from expectations, and enable us to respond with eagerness and joy.  Help us listen; help us respond.  God who shines in darkness,
Fill us with your light.

Liberating God, so many stories in our world do not liberate, do not set free.  Use us to share your story in our hurting communities and broken relationships.  God who shines in darkness,
Fill us with your light.

Liberating God, you come to us especially when our stories are about pain and illness, about war and hunger, about poverty and injustice.  Open us to your presence, and come though us to those who need to hear, especially [NAMES, AND] those we name before you.
[Long pause]
God who shines in darkness,
Fill us with your light.

Liberating God, we pray for this congregation, this parish, this Ministry Area, this Synod, this Church.  We thank you for what we have been.  But we ask even more that you would give us your vision of what we can be, and that you show us the steps we need to take.  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, your liberating Saviour.
Amen.

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