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Prayers of the People for August 6, 2017, Pentecost 9

Filled with promise, and empowered by love, let us offer our prayers to God.

[Short pause]

God of truth, you are truth.  May our lives reflect your claim on us.  Remind us, loving God,
It’s all about the world.

God of truth, you reveal who you are in every sunset, in every leaf, in every human encounter.  Open us to your presence around us.  Remind us, loving God,
It’s all about the world.

God of truth, you show us who you are in Jesus.  Keep us faithful to what we have received from him.  At the same time, keep us mindful that it is your truth, not ours, that saves.  Remind us, loving God,
It’s all about the world.

God of truth, you speak to your church in the familiar and the unfamiliar, in the comforting and the challenging.  As we listen for your voice, keep us open to hearing other perspectives.  Remind us, loving God,
It’s all about the world.

God of truth, you are present where we do not expect, where we do not look, even where we do not believe.  Show your love and compassion to those whose lives are filled with pain and illness, with denial and doubt, with anger and hopelessness.  We especially remember [NAMES, AND] those we name before you.
[Long pause]
Remind us, loving God,
It’s all about the world.

God of truth, you are truth.  May our lives reflect your claim on us.  Remind us, loving God,
It’s all about the world.

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

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Prayers of the People for Holy Trinity Sunday, June 11, 2017

Trusting the promise of God’s presence, now and forever, we offer our prayers for the world, the church, and all in need.

[Short pause]

Holy Three, Holy One, you create us, you restore us, you support and strengthen us.  That we would grow in trust of your promise, we offer our prayer,
Come Holy Spirit.

Holy Three, Holy One, your promise goes with us into every encounter, every disappointment, every hurt, every failure.  That we would remember your promise wherever we go, wherever we are, we offer our prayer,
Come Holy Spirit.

Holy Three, Holy One, every day we are confronted with what can’t be, what can’t be done, what can’t be attempted, what can’t be tried.  That we would learn to listen less to the fear around and within us, and more to your presence and call, we offer our prayer,
Come Holy Spirit.

Holy Three, Holy One, you call your Church to risk, to take chances, to go out on a  limb for the sake of those who have been forgotten.  That we would be willing partners in your work of reclaiming creation, we offer our prayer,
Come Holy Spirit.

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Holy Three, Holy One, you have claimed Jacqui and Brandon as your beloved children.  That you would use them to challenge us to trust more extravagantly, that you would use us to support them to live more faithfully, and that you would use all of us to proclaim your love more enthusiastically, we offer our prayer,
Come Holy Spirit.

Holy Three, Holy One, your presence does not come in spite of our difficulties and challenges; your presence comes because of our difficulties and challenges.  As you remind us of your promise, use us to remind others who need a touch of your grace, especially [NAMES, AND] those we name before you now.
[Long pause]
That we would be faithful messengers of your promise, we offer our prayer,
Come Holy Spirit.

Holy Three, Holy One, your promise does not fail.  That you would help us hold on to your assurance, we offer our prayer,
Come Holy Spirit.

Trusting the promise of God, whose word cannot fail, we pray in the name of Jesus,
Amen.

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.

Prayers of the People for May 14, 2017, Easter 5

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]

Loving God, your desire for us is freedom from fear, and joy in life.  Remind us of your presence, and help us let go of whatever keeps us from faithfulness.  God of new life,
Hear our prayer.

Loving God, your Easter promise infuses all of life with meaning and hope.  Open our eyes to see the possibilities of healed relationships and restored communities.  God of new life,
Hear our prayer.

Loving God, you call us, as your people, as your church, to live an infectious life of love and service.  May we respond to the needs round us, and may our response point others to your presence with them.  God of new life,
Hear our prayer.

Loving God, we offer our thanks for those who have comforted us in times of fear: family, friends, believers, strangers.  Use us to do the same, especially for [NAMES, AND] those we name before you,
[Long pause]
so that we all may be released from the fear that binds us.  God of new life,
Hear our prayer.

Loving God, we are confronted with changing situations, changing perspectives, changing ministries.  Remind us of your constant love, your perpetual care, your faithful presence.  God of new life,
Hear our prayer.

 

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

Prayers of the People for January 8, 2017, (The Baptism of Our Lord)

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]

God of water, God of Word, you have chosen us to be your people in this place.  Strengthen our faith to embrace this calling.  God of our baptism,
Make us even more your people.

God of water, God of Word, creation’s waters cry out from abuse, from commodification, from straight pipe pollution.  Stir your people to care for this good creation.  God of our baptism,
Make us even more your people.

God of water, God of Word, the words we speak reveal the hearts within us.  Move us to use words which communicate the love and acceptance which you have poured into us.  God of our baptism,
Make us even more your people.

God of water, God of Word, we give thanks for the unity and friendship we have experienced between Christians.  May we grow further into this relationship, so that our community and world can catch a glimpse of your loving presence.  God of our baptism,
Make us even more your people.

God of water, God of Word, we remember before you our bishops, Susan and Fred, Michael and Ron.  We pray for the leaders of our congregations and parishes, and we ask your blessing on all members of your church.  Walk with us, that we may walk with each other.  God of our baptism,
Make us even more your people.

God of water, God of Word, you claim us in our weakness.  Enable us to reach out to those who are confronted with limitations: those who have lost jobs or family, those with no homes or no hope, those who lost health or meaning, especially those we name before you.
[Long pause]
God of our baptism,
Make us even more your people.

God of water, God of Word, you have chosen us to be your people in this place.  Strengthen our faith to embrace this calling.  God of our baptism,
Make us even more your people.

We offer all these prayers, as well as the unspoken longings of our hearts, to you, liberating God, in the name of Jesus, our liberating Saviour.
Amen.

Prayers of the People for August 6, 2016 (Pentecost 13)

Embracing the ministries to which we are called, we offer our prayers for the world God loves, the church God calls, and all people according to their needs.

[Short pause]

Generous God, we do not need to be afraid.  Enable us to trust your promise.  God of our baptism,
May we respond to your call.

Generous God, you share with us everything you have created, and ask us to do the same.  Enable us to trust your provision.  God of our baptism,
May we respond to your call.

Generous God, the way we treat others, the way we value things, proclaims where our faith truly lies.  Enable us to trust you with everything.  God of our baptism,
May we respond to your call.

Generous God, you come to us, in love, every minute of every day.  Enable us to see you, to welcome you, to share you.  God of our baptism,
May we respond to your call.

Generous God, you are working to free your church from everything that keeps us from being your authentic people.  Enable us to let go of whatever is holding us back.  God of our baptism,
May we respond to your call.

Generous God, we are already in touch with hurting people: the lonely, the excluded, the hopeless, the sick.  Enable us to touch those who need a concrete reminder of your love, especially [NAMES, AND] those we name before you.
[Long pause]
God of our baptism,
May we respond to your call.

Generous God, we do not need to be afraid.  Enable us to trust your promise.  God of our baptism,
May we respond to your call.

We offer all these prayers, as well as the unspoken longings of our hearts, to you, generous God, in the name of Jesus, our living Saviour.
Amen.

Prayers of the People for the Second Sunday of Easter, 2015

Celebrating the mystery of new life in Christ, we pray for the world God loves, the church God calls, and all people in any need.

[Short pause]

God who brings new life, Hallelujah! For the doubt which comes with our faith, for the faith which is seasoned with doubt, and for your presence in it all, we give our thanks. God of resurrection,
Hear our prayer.

God who brings new life, Hallelujah! For the witness of those who have brought us to today, for the truth they proclaimed, for the love they showed, and for the weakness they accepted as part of the package, we give our thanks. God of resurrection,
Hear our prayer.

God who brings new life, Hallelujah! For the chances we have been given to share new life, for the people around us, and for the Call which is renewed every day, we give our thanks. God of resurrection,
Hear our prayer.

God who brings new life, Hallelujah! For the life-giving presence of the Spirit in the middle of our doubts, in the middle of our difficulties, in the middle of our challenges, in the middle of our community, we give our thanks. God of resurrection,
Hear our prayer.

God who brings new life, Hallelujah! For the promise of love and final healing for those who are sick, in distress, oppressed, marginalized, alone, separated, especially [NAMES, AND] those we name before you [LONG PAUSE], we give you thanks. God of resurrection,
Hear our prayer.

God who brings new life, Hallelujah! For calling us to share in the blessings of the new life you bring, for the ability to respond which we have been given, and for the hope that we can touch others with the love we have received, we give our thanks. God of resurrection,
Hear our prayer.

We pray all this in the name of our risen Saviour, Jesus the Christ.
 Amen.