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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.

Thoughts about Easter 7

The first reading for this coming Sunday.

Acts 1:6-14

So when they had come together, they asked him, “Lord, is this the time when you will restore the kingdom to Israel?”  He replied, “It is not for you to know the times or periods that the Father has set by his own authority.  But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

When he had said this, as they were watching, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight.

While he was going and they were gazing up toward heaven, suddenly two men in white robes stood by them.  They said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking up toward heaven?  This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.”

Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a sabbath day’s journey away.  When they had entered the city, they went to the room upstairs where they were staying, Peter, and John, and James, and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James son of Alphaeus, and Simon the Zealot, and Judas son of James.  All these were constantly devoting themselves to prayer, together with certain women, including Mary the mother of Jesus, as well as his brothers.

This passage strikes me as a wonderful description of where we spend most of our lives – In Between.

We live In Between our baptism into Christ and the culmination of our hope.

We live In Between the promise of the reign of God and the fulfillment of that promise.

We live In Between “In the beginning” and the final “Amen.”

We live In Between the Alpha and the Omega.

The question for us is not, as the disciples tried to ask, when will all of this happen? When will we no longer be In Between?

The question is, How are we to live IN this “In Between”? How are we to live as people who have received a promise, but who have to wait for its fulfillment?

The disciples, for all their failures, get this one right. They gather, they pray, they support each other, they go through the In Between together.

One thing we might need to remember is that, even though Pentecost eventually came with all of its Spirit-driven hurricane-like impact, the disciples were still In Between. The Spirit came, but the church was still only “on the way.”  It had not arrived.  We still haven’t.

And that’s ok!

We are called to embrace the In Between.  Even as we have been embraced IN the In Between.

Prayers of the People for the Seventh Sunday of Easter, 2014

Celebrating the gift of new life in Christ, we offer our prayers for the world, the Church, and all in any need, saying, “To you, living Christ,” and responding, “We offer our prayer.”

[Short pause]

God of life, God of new life, you are the beginning and the end, but you are also the “in between”. Give us faith to trust your presence at all times. To you, living Christ,
We offer our prayer.

God of life, God of new life, you do not call us out of our reality; instead, you call us to embrace the “in between.” Give us faith to follow you, even when we are unsure. To you, living Christ,
We offer our prayer.

God of life, God of new life, our whole lives are lived “in between.” Give us faith to let go of needing answers, needing security, needing control. To you, living Christ,
We offer our prayer.

God of life, God of new life, you call us to serve those who are experiencing the “in between” times of life. Give us faith to reach beyond our fear, and to touch others with your sustaining love. To you, living Christ,
We offer our prayer.

God of life, God of new life, your promise comes to those who are sick, those who are isolated, those who are angry, those who are afraid, those who are forgotten, those who are dying. Give us faith to share your hope with all who are “in between,” especially those we name before you.
[Long pause]
To you, living Christ,
We offer our prayer.

God of life, God of new life, you are with us where we are, especially when we are “In Between.” Help us entrust all of our times to your loving hands. To you, living Christ,
We offer our prayer.

With thanks for all your 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.