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Prayers of the People for July 23, 2017, Pentecost 7

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

[Short pause]

God of promise, your presence with us changes everything.  Open our eyes to the possibilities which surround us.  Remind us, loving God,
It’s all about the world.

God of promise, your presence with us changes nothing outside us.  Give us the courage to be changed.  Remind us, loving God,
It’s all about the world.

God of promise, your presence with us reveals opportunities which seem impossible, and provides occasions for moving into unfamiliar territory.  Give us the faith to trust the journey.  Remind us, loving God,
It’s all about the world.

God of promise, your presence with us calls many of our expectations into question.  Give us hope that, in spite of our stubbornness and fear, we can continue becoming your welcoming community.  Remind us, loving God,
It’s all about the world.

God of promise, your presence with us gives meaning and purpose to all of our days.  Give us faith to trust your presence in the middle of our difficulties, our challenges, our heartbreaks.  We pray especially for [NAMES, AND] those we name before you now.
[Long pause]
Use us to remind others that they, too, are being held by your promise.  Remind us, loving God,
It’s all about the world.

God of promise, your presence changes everything; not be altering circumstances, but by providing a reason to hope.  Help us cling to that promise, for the sake of everyone else.  Remind us, loving God,
It’s all about the world.

Trusting the promise of unbounded love, we pray in the name of of Jesus, who taught us to pray, Our Father in heaven,….

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.

ZION ONLY
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 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.

Prayers of the People for May 28, 2017 Easter 7

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 present in the in-between times.  Give us patience to wait with you, and to trust your presence.  God of new life,
Hear our prayer.

Holy One, you go with us through the in-between times.  Open our eyes to see how we can wait for you more faithfully wait, and give us the courage to trust you with the outcome.  God of new life,
Hear our prayer.

Holy One, you call to us in the in-between times.  Free us from our desire to control events, our desire to control others, our desire to control you.  Give us faith to listen while we wait.  God of new life,
Hear our prayer.

Holy One, you move in the in-between times.  Enable us to trust that, even when life is ambiguous, you are there.  God of new life,
Hear our prayer.

Holy One, you carry us in the in-between times.  Help us, not only to see you with us, but to show your care for those who are hurting.  Use us to express your compassion for [NAMES, AND] all those whom we name before you.
[Long pause]
God of new life,
Hear our prayer.

Holy One, you are found in the in-between times.  As we wait for you to reveal yourself more fully, give us patience, give us faith, give us hope.  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 Easter Sunday, 2017

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]

Hallelujah!  We offer our praise for the victory of Jesus, which guides us into a new way of being.  God of new life,
Hear our prayer.

Hallelujah!  We offer our thanks for the gift of resurrection, which points us toward God’s desire for creation.  God of new life,
Hear our prayer.

Hallelujah!  We offer our selves to the call to ministry, which frees us from our fear.  God of new life,
Hear our prayer.

Hallelujah!  We offer our gifts to the people who need them, which enable us to share in God’s work in this world.  God of new life,
Hear our prayer.

Hallelujah!  We offer our weaknesses and our failings, knowing that this is where God meets us.  God of new life,
Hear our prayer.

Hallelujah!  We offer our church to this community, trusting that God is already active among us.  God of new life,
Hear our prayer.

Hallelujah!  We offer our lives for the care of others, including [NAMES, AND] all those we name before you, holding to the promise that God is with us.
[Long pause]
God of new life,
Hear our prayer.

Hallelujah!  We offer our praise for the victory of Jesus.  God of new life,
Hear our prayer.

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

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.