Prayers of the People for May 21, 12017, Easter 6

Celebrating the gift of new life in Christ, we offer our prayers for the world God loves, the church God calls, and all who need a reminder of God’s love.

[Short pause]

Holy One, you are found in all of life, with all people, in all circumstances and situations.  Open us to your presence.  God of new life,
Hear our prayer.

Holy One, sometimes we are distressed by what we see, by what we experience.  Free us from being judgmental about others.  Open us to your presence.  God of new life,
Hear our prayer.

Holy One, keep us available to the people around us who have questions, who are in pain, who are self-absorbed, who don’t have time.  Show us your love for them.  Open us to your presence.  God of new life,
Hear our prayer.

Holy One, remind us that the validity of our faith is not determined by the response of others to us.  Remind us that they have their own paths, and that you reject no one.  Free us to share this journey with all whom we encounter.  Open us to your presence.  God of new life,
Hear our prayer.

Holy One, you share our journey with us, and with all who are in any need.  Use us to be your healing hands for those who are sick, your comforting hands for those who are hurting, your supportive hands for those who are challenged.  We especially pray for [NAMES, AND] all whom we name before you.
[Long pause]
Open us to your presence.  God of new life,
Hear our prayer.

Holy One, you are found in all of life, even ours.  Open us to your presence.  God of new life,
Hear our prayer.

Trusting the promise of unbounded love, we pray in the name of Jesus.
Amen.

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