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Prayers of the People for Ash Wednesday 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 of ashes, we acknowledge our guilt.  Remind that your forgiveness embraces everything about us.  Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God of ashes, we acknowledge our limitations.  Remind us that it’s ok for us not be perfect.  Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God of ashes, we acknowledge our fear.  Remind us that it does not have to set our agenda.  Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God of ashes, we acknowledge our divisions.  Remind us that you bring us to reconciliation, with you and with each other.  Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God of ashes, we acknowledge our unhealthy lives.  Remind us that you bring restoration, for us and for all.  Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God of ashes, we acknowledge our efforts to keep you at bay.  Remind us of your promise that you will never leave us alone.  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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Prayers of the People for the Reign of Christ, 2016

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]

God of love, you ARE love.  We give thanks for your gift of love to us.  May we share your gift with those who need it most.  God of our baptism,
May we respond to your call.

God of forgiveness, in Jesus you reconcile us to yourself, as well as to each other.  May we live this gift in our lives together.  God of our baptism,
May we respond to your call.

God of peace, you come to a world filled with crosses, filled with hate, filled with violence.  Help us to accept the cost of being peacemakers in this fear-filled world.  God of our baptism,
May we respond to your call.

God of creation, you have made us caretakers of this world.  Free us from hoarding your gifts for ourselves.  Remind us of the needs of future generations.  God of our baptism,
May we respond to your call.

God of the suffering, we admit that we have a hard time trusting your presence in the pain-filled parts of life.  Open our eyes to see your Christ with the suffering ones around us.  God of our baptism,
May we respond to your call.

God of the sick, you are present when we have lost all ability to care for ourselves.  Bring your wholeness to those who are ill.  We remember especially [NAMES, AND] those we name before you.
[Long pause]
Use us to bring your healing wherever it is needed.  God of our baptism,
May we respond to your call.

God of the church, strengthen the faith your people.  Free us from our fear of the different.  Increase our joy in your presence.  Open us to what you are doing today.  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, liberating God, in the name of Jesus, our liberating Saviour.
Amen.

Prayers of the People for the Third 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! As we give thanks for the promise of resurrection, assist us to look for opportunities to demonstrate resurrection. God of resurrection,
Hear our prayer.

God who brings new life, Hallelujah! As we give thanks for the presence of the risen Christ in our congregation, move us to trust that presence outside these walls. God of resurrection,
Hear our prayer.

God who brings new life, Hallelujah! As we give thanks for the forgiveness we have received, motivate us to share forgiveness where it is needed, wherever it is needed. God of resurrection,
Hear our prayer.

God who brings new life, Hallelujah! As we give thanks that we can repent, that we can change direction, inspire us to allow others the same privilege.  God of resurrection,
Hear our prayer.

God who brings new life, Hallelujah! As we give thanks for the gift of your presence in the middle of our difficult times, remind us to be your healing hands for those who are isolated by addiction, homelessness, poverty, family violence, illness, or suffering that no one understands. We remember especially [NAMES, AND] all those we name before you.
[Long pause]
God of resurrection,
Hear our prayer.

God who brings new life, Hallelujah! As we give thanks for being able to gather here to celebrate your promise, send us out to extend the invitation to others. God of resurrection,
Hear our prayer.

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

Prayers of the People for Pentecost 14, September 14, 2104

Trusting the promise that our prayers will be heard, we offer our concerns for the world God loves, the Church God calls, and all people according to their needs.

[Short pause]

God of forgiveness, God of new beginnings, every day is a chance to start over, a chance to begin again, a chance to live as your forgiven people. Help us to embrace this gift. Lord, in your mercy
Hear our prayer.

God of forgiveness, God of new beginnings, every day is a chance to start over with those who have wronged us, to begin again with those we have wronged, to live as your forgiven people together. Help us to share this gift. Lord, in your mercy
Hear our prayer.

God of forgiveness, God of new beginnings, finding fault with others is easy; admitting our own failure is more difficult. Open our eyes to the love you show to everyone. Lord, in your mercy
Hear our prayer.

God of forgiveness, God of new beginnings, your gifts are given without reserve. Give us the faith to see the gifts you give to those whom it would be easy to dismiss: the homeless, the addict, the depressed, the isolated, the enemy, the scapegoat. Send us as your forgiven messengers of reconciliation. Lord, in your mercy
Hear our prayer.

God of forgiveness, God of new beginnings, we are surrounded by people who need our prayers. Give us the energy to keep at it, for the sake of [names, and] all those we name before you.
[Long pause]
Lord, in your mercy
Hear our prayer.

God of forgiveness, God of new beginnings, every day is a chance to start over, a chance to begin again, a chance to live as your forgiven people. Help us to embrace this gift. Lord, in your mercy
Hear our prayer.

With thanks for all your life-giving gifts, we pray these prayers, as well as those hidden in the depths of our hearts, to you, loving God, in the name of the risen Jesus.
Amen.

Prayers of the People for the Seventh Sunday after the Epiphany, 2014

Trusting the promise of God who enlightens all of life, we offer our prayers saying, “Light of the world,” and responding, “Shine on us and through us.”

[Short pause]

God of reconciliation, you call us to honesty.  Help us to admit that we have enemies, and set us free to begin a new relationship.  Light of the world,
Shine on us and through us.

God of reconciliation, you call us to wholeness.  Guide our steps as we walk with each other. Light of the world,
Shine on us and through us.

God of reconciliation, you call us to restoration.  Strengthen us to reach out to those with whom we disagree.  Help us to be faithful, both to you and to each other.  Light of the world,
Shine on us and through us.

God of reconciliation, you call us to forgiveness.  Make us aware of our own need for your love, show us how much love we have already been given, and then help us share it.  Light of the world,
Shine on us and through us.

God of reconciliation, you call us to healing.  Remove our fear, so that we might touch the ill, the lonely and the dying with your presence.  We pray especially for those we remember before you now.
[Long pause]
Light of the world,
Shine on us and through us.

God of reconciliation, you call us to be your reconcilers.  Fill us with eagerness and love for the people of Syria, the Congo, the Ukraine, and our own back yards.  Light of the world,
Shine on us and through us.

We pray in the name of Jesus, our light, our life, and our hope.
Amen.

Prayers of the People for the Third Sunday of Easter

As we celebrate God’s salvation, shown in the resurrection of Jesus, we pray for the world God loves, the church God calls, and all people according to their needs, saying, “God of new life,” and responding, “Hear our prayer.”

[Short pause]

God of Resurrection, Hallelujah!  You bring us Good News of forgiveness and new possibilities.  We thank you.  God of new life,
Hear our prayer.

God of Resurrection, Hallelujah!  Jesus forgave both Peter and Saul extravagantly.  You forgive us just as extravagantly.  Enable us to comprehend this amazing gift.  Strengthen our faith to share this amazing gift.  God of new life,
Hear our prayer.

God of Resurrection, Hallelujah!  Your presence with this congregation inspires our gratitude.  Don’t stop there.  Don’t let us stop there.  Inspire among us a desire to grow in service of the poor, the hungry and the needy in this community.  God of new life,
Hear our prayer.

God of Resurrection, Hallelujah!  Your presence with your world brings an awareness of our brokenness.  Enable us to be honest with ourselves.  Show us again our responsibility to live as your people, to care for others, to work for justice.  God of new life,
Hear our prayer.

God of Resurrection, Hallelujah!  You walk with those who stumble, you cry with those who weep, you suffer with those who are ill.  Use us to remind the hurting, especially those we bring before you, that nothing separates us from your healing love.
[Long pause]
God of new life,
Hear our prayer.

God of Resurrection, Hallelujah!  Fire us up.  Motivate us.  Move us out of our comfort zones, that we may discover the scary, exciting, threatening and life-giving truth of resurrection.  You are God of the new.  Make us new.  God of new life,
Hear our prayer.

Trusting your life-giving promise, we offer these prayers in the name of Jesus, our living Saviour.
Amen.