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Prayers of the People for June 4, 2017, the Festival of Pentecost

Relying on the present of the Spirit among us, and trusting that presence in our world, we offer our prayers to the God who comes.

[Short pause]

Spirit of God, you call us into the deep.  That we would remember that you are swimming with us, no matter how high the waves, we offer our prayer,
Come Holy Spirit.

Spirit of love, you welcome all as you have welcomed us.  That we would be freed from our fear of others, we offer our prayer,
Come Holy Spirit.

Spirit of hope, your vision for life is inclusive, filled with expectation and lived with equity.  That we would walk beside those who struggle for a more just world, we offer our prayer,
Come Holy Spirit.

Spirit of strength, you send us into deep water.  That we would keep our eyes on you, trusting that nothing, not even failure, will separate us from your love, we offer our prayer,
Come Holy Spirit.

Spirit of service, you release us to share what you have given us.  That we would open our hands as well as our hearts, and gratefully respond to the needs around us, we offer our prayer,
 Come Holy Spirit.

Spirit of healing, you are with us in our darkest moments.  That we would recognize your light in the shadows, and shine your rejuvenating presence with all who need a reminder of your love, including [NAMES, AND] all we name before you.
[Long pause]
We offer our prayer,
Come Holy Spirit.

Spirit of God, you call us into the deep.  That we would remember that you are swimming with us, no matter how high the waves, we offer our prayer,
Come Holy Spirit.

Trusting the promise of Christ in our midst, we pray in the name of Jesus,
Amen.

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Spirit poem

Pentecost
Holy Spirit
Power
Gifts
Abilities
Strength
Sent
Outreach
Ministry
Service
Calling
Justice
Faith
God
You
Me
Us
Partners
Together

Disciples? Students?
No more!
Apostles Now
Sent Ones
Empowered Proclaimers
Living Examples
Love Carriers
Hope Deliverers
Solidarity Enactors
Blessing Distributors
Community Organizers

For the sake of the Stranger
For the sake of this Community
For the sake of God in this world
Go!

None of us knows exactly where we’ll end up
Nevertheless
Go!

Blow, Spirit, Blow!

This Pentecost

Prayers of the People for Pentecost Sunday, 2015

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

[Short pause]

God who calls us, you have claimed each of us by name. We are your cherished children, called to share your care and compassion in this world. Fill us with your life.
Come, Holy Spirit.

God who strengthens us, you build us up through your Word of promise, through your family meal, through our time together. Empower us to seek out opportunities for service. Fill us with your life.
Come, Holy Spirit.

God who leads us, you direct us into your future, where relationships are restored, pain is alleviated, hunger is eradicated, and poverty is unknown. In spite of the obstacles we create, guide us into living this future today. Fill us with your life.
Come, Holy Spirit.

God who accompanies us, you never leave us alone. Remind those in the midst of illness, injustice and suffering that you walk with them, especially [NAMES, AND] those we name before you.
[Long pause]
May we be part of that reminder. Fill us with your life.
Come, Holy Spirit.

God who sends us, your world cries out. Help us respond. Your people suffer. Show us what we can do. Your creation groans. We have work to do. Fill us with your life.
Come, Holy Spirit.

Do not only answer our prayers, loving God. Use us to answer the prayers of the world, in the name of Jesus.
Amen.

Prayers of the People for Pentecost Sunday, 2014

Since God has promised to hear our prayers, we offer our concerns for the world, the church, and all in need, saying, “Hear us, O God,” and responding, “Come, Holy Spirit.”

[Short pause]

God of creation, you speak all worlds, all people, all things into existence, and invite us to join your song.  Inspire is to sing you with our lives.  Hear us, O God.
Come, Holy Spirit.

God of the common good, you give us gifts so that we may take part in your on-going creation of life and community.  Remove our fear so we may join the dance.  Hear us, O God.
Come, Holy Spirit.

God of the church, you call all the baptized to share your concern for the world and people around us.  Strengthen our faith to reach out beyond what is comfortable, and embrace all that you are doing.  Hear us, O God.
Come, Holy Spirit.

God of life, you send us to all in need: all who are sick, all who are isolated, all who are different.  Use us to touch anyone who needs your healing, especially those who mourn in the community of Moncton, New Brunswick, the victims of violence in the Holy Land, and those we name before you now.
[Long pause]
Hear us, O God.
Come, Holy Spirit.

God of all, we thank you for Alice, and for all who remind us of your grace-filled presence.  Teach us again what we need to know and do, so that we may play our part in your great symphony.  Hear us, O God.
Come, Holy Spirit.

Trusting the promise that we will be heard, we offer these prayers, as well as the unspoken desires of our hearts, to you, loving God, in the name of our living saviour, Jesus the Christ.
Amen.

Prayers for the Fesitval of Penetcost

We have been claimed by the Spirit of God.  In response, we pray for the world God loves, the church God calls, and all people in need, saying, “Breathe on us, O God,” and responding, “Fill us with new life.”

[Short pause]

God who names us, you tell us who we are.  Enable us to live as people whose identity truly comes from you.  Breathe on us, O God.
Fill us with new life.

God who calls us, you reach out to us.  Enable us to respond joyfully to what you ask of us.  Breathe on us, O God.
Fill us with new life.

God who fills us, you provide both our abilities and our opportunities.  Enable us to share what you give.  Breathe on us, O God.
Fill us with new life.

God who enlivens us, you rejuvenate us when we grow weary.  Enable us to find rest on the way, and energy for the tasks we face.  Breathe on us, O God.
Fill us with new life.

God who strengthens us, you promise healing for all of creation.  Enable us to touch the injured, the wounded, and the suffering with your restoring love, especially those we name before you.
[Long pause]
Breathe on us, O God.
Fill us with new life.

God who sends us, you drive us to care, push us to reach out, compel us to serve.  Enable us to leave fear and anxiety behind, and follow where you lead, where ever you lead.  Breathe on us, O God.
Fill us with new life.

Trusting the Spirit’s presence and guidance, we offer these prayers in the name of our living Saviour, Jesus the Christ.
Amen.

Prayers for the First Sunday in Lent

As we return to the waters of Baptism during this season of Lent, let us pray for the world God loves, the Church God calls, and all who need our prayers, saying “Hear us, O God,” and responding, “Your mercy is great.”

[Short pause]

Holy Spirit, you move over the waters of creation, you claim us in baptism, you fill us with yourself.  We thank you.  Hear us, O God,
Your mercy is great.

Holy Spirit, you filled Jesus, but then led him in the wilderness.  You make us your people, but then call us into the empty spaces.  Remind us that you are indeed leading us.  Hear us, O God,
Your mercy is great.

Holy Spirit, we are tempted by many things – the allure of power, the mirage of control, the longing for security.  Free us from all that distracts from you.  Hear us, O God,
Your mercy is great.

Holy Spirit, you provide us un-numbered opportunities for ministry.  Open our eyes to the chances we have to serve your world.  Open our hearts to share the gifts you have given us.  Hear us, O God,
Your mercy is great.

Holy Spirit, we pray for those who are living in the wilderness of illness and hunger, isolation and abuse, addiction and violence, especially those we name before you now.
[Long pause]
Use us to be your presence with all those who feel alone.  Hear us, O God,
Your mercy is great.

Holy Spirit, you are present in the smallest parts of our lives, calling us to deeper relationships, deeper trust, deeper faith.  Guide us on the way.  Hear us, O God,
Your mercy is great.

We offer all these prayers, as well as the deep yearnings of our hearts, to you, gracious and merciful God, in the name of Jesus.
Amen.