Prayers of the People for Palm Sunday, 2017

Together we come to God, aware of our brokenness, aware of our call, aware of the world’s need, and asking that we be strengthened for ministry.

[Short pause]

God who comes in church, remind your people that you are larger than our experience, larger than this congregation, larger than Sunday morning.  Free us from the constraints we try to place on our religious lives.  Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God who comes in politics, Jesus made a very public statement by his ride into Jerusalem.  In the face of the world’s cynicism, in the face of our own mis-trust, keep us open to sharing your love.  Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God who comes in the unexpected, you surprise us by coming to us from outside, from people who are strangers, in times and places where we do not look for you.  Keep us receptive to being amazed.  Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God who comes in illness, you promise healing.  Free us from demanding the shape which that healing takes.  As we pray for those who need our prayers, especially [NAMES, AND] those we name before you, open us to your presence in all our circumstances.
[Long pause]
Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God who comes in all, you are not limited to our expectations.  Break through our usual ways of thinking, our familiar ways of seeing, our comfortable ways of being.  Shatter our normal, and come to bring us life.  Lord, in your mercy,
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, your liberating Saviour
Amen.

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