Monthly Archives: April 2019

Prayers of the People for Easter 2, April 28, 2019

Love has won.  A new way begins.  Therefore we offer our prayers, full of hope, and trusting life.

[Short pause]

God of resurrection, you came to the disciples when they were afraid; you came to Thomas when he was questioning.  We thank you for coming to us.  God of life,
We offer our praise.

God of resurrection, our fear does not keep you away.  Our doubt does not limit your ability to bring life.  Enable us to trust.  God of life,
We offer our praise.

God of resurrection, you breathed your Spirit onto the disciples, commissioning them for ministry.  Inspire us with this same Spirit, that we may follow as well.  God of life,
We offer our praise.

God of resurrection, you call your church out of our hiding places, reminding us that eternal life is to be found in the midst of life in the world.  Open our eyes to see, and our hearts to love.  God of life,
We offer our praise.

God of resurrection, new life happens all around.  Use us to proclaim your life-giving love to those who are sick, isolated, put down and excluded, especially [NAMES, AND] those we name before you.
[Long pause]
God of life,
We offer our praise.

God of resurrection, you come to us, bearing the wounds inflicted by fearful, angry people; but also bringing the love of God for fearful, angry people.  May we share what you have given.  God of life,
We offer our praise.

We pray all this and more, trusting the promise of our risen and living Saviour, Jesus the Christ.
Amen.

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Prayers for Easter Sunday, 2019

Love has won.  A new way begins.  Therefore we offer our prayers, full of hope, and trusting life.

[Short pause]

God of resurrection, you bring changes unlooked for, and new beginnings unhoped for.  Inspire our faith.  God of life,
We offer our praise.

God of resurrection, you have started over, therefore we can start over, and consider alternatives for our lives that we haven’t even thought of.  Inspire our hope.  God of life,
We offer our praise.

God of resurrection, you call your church to be a community of new life, in which old hatreds and fears are overcome by love and hope.  Inspire our worship.  God of life,
We offer our praise.

God of resurrection, in the empty tomb we become aware that there are more possibilities for us and our world than we have previously thought possible.  Inspire our vision.  God of life,
We offer our praise.

God of resurrection, you send us to the places in life in which pain and separation and death are present.  May we never fear to embrace those who are hurting, including [NAMES, AND] those we name before you.
[Long pause]
Inspire our service.  God of life,
We offer our praise.

God of resurrection, anything and everything are now possible.  Inspire our lives.  God of life,
We offer our praise.

We pray all this and more, trusting the promise of our risen and living Saviour, Jesus the Christ.
Amen.

Prayers of the People for Maundy Thursday, April 18, 2019

We pray for our world, our church and our selves, trusting in God’s grace and mercy.

[Pause]

God of the holy, you touch us at unexpected times, through unexpected people, in unexpected ways.  Open us to be surprised.  God who calls,
Make us your servants.

God of the holy, you come not just to welcome.  You come to call us to extend your welcome, to share your presence, to live your love.  Open us to giving what you have given us.  God who calls,
Make us your servants.

God of the holy, free us from thinking in terms of The Big.  Free us to embrace the small, the little, the insignificant.  Remind us that it is in the middle of The Unimportant where you are most profoundly present.  God who calls,
Make us your servants.

God of the holy, you call us holy.  You set us aside for a different kind of life: a life focussed on others instead of the self; a life focused on giving instead of getting; a life focussed on serving instead of ordering.  Walk with us, so we may learn to follow you.  God who calls,
Make us your servants.

God of the holy, we give you thanks for coming to us.  Show us how we can respond as faithful followers of our servant Jesus.  God who calls,
Make us your servants.

We pray all of this, asking for grace to follow our saviour, Jesus the Christ.
Amen.

Prayers for April 7, 2019, Lent 5

The season of Lent invites us to go deep.  We respond to this invitation, in part, by offering our prayers for the world, the church, and all in need.

[Pause]

God of the past, you have guided us along our pathways with grace and love.  Help us celebrate what was, without wanting to live only in memories.  God who speaks,
Help us hear your voice.

God of the present, you continue to walk with us.  Give us faith to trust your presence today.  God who speaks,
Help us hear your voice.

God of the present, in the fog of our current realities, we crave surety and certainty.  We fear questions, and desire concrete answers.  Free is from our anxiety, and enable us to hear your promise again.  God who speaks,
Help us hear your voice.

God of the present, open us to embrace what is today.   Release us from the desire to hide behind excuses, and get ourselves off the hook.  Inspire us to take hold of the ministry to which you call us: to serve the needy, to feed the hungry, to welcome the outcast.  God who speaks,
Help us hear your voice.

God of the present, strengthen us through your promise to touch those who are hurting with your healing love.  We especially remember [NAMES, AND] those we name before you.
[Long silence]
God who speaks,
Help us hear your voice.

God of the future, you call us forward, even though we cannot see the path.  Forgive our hesitation.  Move us toward your vision.  Help us take one step, trusting your voice.  God who speaks,
Help us hear your voice.

We ask all this in the name of the one who welcomes all voices, who is behind all our stories, Jesus the Christ.
Amen.