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.

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