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Prayer of the People for the Fourth Sunday after Pentecost, July 2, 2017

Filled with promise, empowered by love, and inspired by hope, we offer our prayers for the world, the church, and all in any need.

[Short pause]

God of creation, for our planet home, and for the resources it provides, we offer our thanks.  For the abuse of this good gift which we perpetuate, we ask forgiveness.  For the wisdom and courage to change direction, we ask your guidance and strength.  God of justice,
Hear our prayer.

God of the nations, for the
Aboriginal people of this LAND/AREA/REGION,
OR
NAME OF THE LOCAL ABORIGINAL PEOPLE of this LAND/AREA/REGION,
(e.g. Mi’kmaq people, first to inhabit this unceded and unsurrendered territory);
for their continuing presence among us, and for their witness to another way of being in the world, we give thanks.  For the oppression and continuing neglect of them to which your church has been party, we ask forgiveness.  For an increased desire and ability to work for right relationships between all people, we ask your inspiration.  God of justice,
Hear our prayer.

God of this nation, for 150 years of struggle, for immigrants from everywhere who have enriched this mosaic country, for the Parliamentary system of government which gives us a voice, we give thanks.  For the abuse of power which comes so easily to all of us, for self-serving priorities which demand that others make the sacrifices, and for turning a blind eye to thousands of years of history which came before Canada, we ask forgiveness.  For the willingness to examine ourselves, and for the openness to welcome other voices, we ask for your grace.  God of justice,
Hear our prayer.

God of the poor, for the resilience you give to single parents who continue to get up in the morning, for the hope that miraculously springs from the dry ground of chronic unemployment, and for the determination to make a difference that you inspire in the most unlikely corners, we give thanks.  For our acceptance of the status quo, and our avoidance of hard questions and difficult answers, we ask forgiveness.  That we may embrace the discomfort of giving up our privilege for the sake of each other, we ask for increased faith.  God of justice,
Hear our prayer.

God of the church, for the promise of your good intentions for this good creation, for the story of your oppressed people freed by your outstretched hand, for the coming of Jesus who lived your presence in the midst of an occupied and exploited nation, we give you thanks.  Acknowledging that we have too often sided with the rich and powerful for our own benefit, regardless of the cost to those we are sent to serve, we ask forgiveness.  That we may cling to your promise that repentance is possible, we ask your help.  God of justice,
Hear our prayer.

God of our days, we give thanks for your presence among us.  Open our ears to hear your call, open our hearts to love more fully, and open our hands to share the abundance of your gifts.  Keep us on the path toward the world you envision.  We pray all this in the name of Jesus, the Christ.
Amen.

Prayers of the People for August 14, 2016, Pentecost 13, Ordinary 20

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]

Fire us up, O God.  Fire us with hope, so we may address the very real hopelessness which threatens to overwhelm our society and world.  God of our baptism,
May we respond to your call.

Fire us up, O God.  Fire us with faith in your promise, that we may remember who we are in the face of the fear that surrounds us.  God of our baptism,
May we respond to your call.

Fire us up, O God.  Fire us with love for the stranger, that we may welcome those who are different, who challenge us, who make us uncomfortable.  God of our baptism,
May we respond to your call.

Fire us up, O God.  Fire us with determination to follow your path, knowing that nothing will separate us from your love.  God of our baptism,
May we respond to your call.

Fire us up, O God.  Fire us with compassion for those who suffer, that we may offer your healing touch to all in need, especially [NAMES, AND] those we name before you.
[Long pause]
God of our baptism,
May we respond to your call.

Fire us up, O God.  Fire us with faith, that we may engage this messy world, and point to your loving grace.  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, loving God, in the name of Jesus, who taught us to pray, Our Father in Heaven….

Prayers of the People for Pentecost 9, Ordinary 17, July 26, 2015

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

[Short pause]

God who is present, we live every second of our lives in your light. Open our eyes to see you; open our hands to share what you have given. Remind us, loving God,
It’s all about the world.

God who comes to the needy, desperation does not keep you away. Keep us from acting like some people are more deserving than others. Remind us, loving God,
It’s all about the world.

God who feeds the hungry, we have a hard time believing that we have more than we need. Show us how rich we really are; show us how generous we can really be. Remind us, loving God,
It’s all about the world

God who comforts the afflicted, we offer, not just our words, not just our prayers, but our very selves for all who are ill, shut-in, isolated and lonely, including [NAMES, AND] all those whom we name before you. [LONG SILENCE] Remind us, loving God,
It’s all about the world.

God who afflicts the comfortable, help us trust that your reign has already begun, and then use us to proclaim this truth to the world, to those in power, and any who will listen. Remind us, loving God,
It’s all about the world.

God who refuses to leave us alone, inspire us to follow your promptings, and to accept the fact that you are not finished with us yet. Remind us, loving God,
It’s all about the world.

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

Prayers of the People for the Fourth Sunday of Advent, 2014

Trusting the coming of God’s reign, and believing that we are a part of it, we offer our prayers for the world, the church, and all in need.

[Short pause]

God who comes, open our eyes to your presence among us, and show us how to share what we see.  Hear us, O God.
Come to us and save us.

God who speaks in the quiet and the small, open our ears to hear what you are saying through the poor, the outcast, the stranger.  Help us to listen for your voice.  Hear us, O God.
Come to us and save us.

God who overthrows the powerful and raises up the powerless, fill our hearts with compassion for those who don’t count.  Give us the courage to join them in working for a more just world.  Hear us, O God.
Come to us and save us.

God who calls us to serve, open us to face what happens in this world in the name of security, in the name of priviledge, in the name of control.  Fill us with the Spirit of your outrage at injustice, and send us out to live your life-giving priorities.  Hear us, O God.
Come to us and save us.

God who restores, you come not to punish, but to heal.  Enable us to embrace those around us who need our care, who need our presence, who need our prayers, especially all those whom we name before you [INCLUDING NAMES].
[Long pause]
Hear us, O God.
Come to us and save us.

God who comes, make us aware of your coming today.  Open us to the possibilities which your promise creates.   Hear us, O God.
Come to us and save us.

We offer these prayers, as well as the silent yearnings of our hearts, to you, loving God, in the name of Jesus.
Amen.

Prayers of the People for the Second Sunday of Advent, 2014

Trusting the coming of God’s reign, and believing that we are a part of it, we offer our prayers for the world, the church, and all in need.

[Short pause]

Public, political God, you come not only in the quiet of our private thoughts; you come into the public realm, and call us to join you.  Help us to follow where you lead.  Hear us, O God.
Come to us and save us.

Public, political God, you speak to our world through the cries of the poor, the silence of the hungry, the screams of the angry.  Join our voices to the chorus, singing your new world into existence.  Hear us, O God.
Come to us and save us.

Public, political God, it is risky to stand up, to speak out, to be engaged in the struggle for justice.  We want to be safe; we want to be secure.  Free us from our hesitation, and give us courage.  Hear us, O God.
Come to us and save us.

Public, political God, we offer thanks for those who are already doing your justice work, in places like The Democratic Republic of Congo, Guatemala, Ferguson, New York, and Canada.  Show us how we can join them.  Hear us, O God.
Come to us and save us.

Public, political God, you come into our real lives.  Help us trust your presence in our illnesses, in our broken relationships, in our broken promises.  Send us as your healing hands to [NAMES, AS WELL AS] those we name before you.
[Long pause]
Hear us, O God.
Come to us and save us.

Public, political God, we are your people in this public, political time, in this public, political place.  Strengthen our faith to live out this incredible gift.  Hear us, O God.
Come to us and save us.

We offer these prayers, as well as the silent yearnings of our hearts, to you, loving God, in the name of Jesus.
Amen.

Prayers of the People for the 4th Sunday after Pentecost, 2014

Since God has promised to hear our prayers, we offer our concerns for the world, the church, and all in need, saying, “Let us pray,” and responding, “Hear us, God of love.”

[Short pause]

For the people of this world, that, instead of being seen simply as sources of income, we may come to see each other as authentic human beings and valued partners, created in God’s loving image, let us pray,
Hear us, God of love.

For native people in our community, whose land we share, that we would be open to hearing their stories, let us pray.
Hear us, God of love.

For ourselves, that we would stop drawing lines around people; that we would no longer include some and exclude others; that we would be open to the gifts of those who are different from us, let us pray.
Hear us, God of love.

For the church, that we would be open to the realities which surround us; that we would respond to the promptings of the Spirit; that would become enraged at injustice, and engaged in the struggle for a better world, let us pray.
Hear us, God of love.

For those people who need our prayers: the homeless, the hungry, the sick and the dying, especially those we name before God.
[Long pause]
And also that we would be the means by which God would spread hope and healing to these people, let us pray.
Hear us, God of love.

For this congregation, as we embark on a new adventure, that we would remember who we are, that we would cling to the promise of God, that we would support each other as we make the journey into God’s future, let us pray.
Hear us, God of love.

We offer these prayers, as well as the unspoken desires of our hearts, to you, loving God, in the name of Jesus.
Amen.

Prayers of the People for Pentecost 15 / Ordinary 22

Trusting the promise that God will hear our prayers, we offer our concern for the world God loves, the Church God calls, and all people according to their needs, saying, “Hear us, O God,” and responding, “Your mercy is great.”

[Brief pause]

Welcoming God, you reach out to all with gracious hospitality.  Free us from our fear of others, so we, too, may reach out with gracious hospitality.  Hear us, O God,
Your mercy is great.

Challenging God, you call our assumptions into question; you don’t play by our rules.  Free us from our desire for control, so we may enter into ministry on your terms.  Hear us, O God,
Your mercy is great.

Generous God, you give, you provide, you supply far beyond what we realize.  Free us from our fear of lack, so we may give without needing to be recognized or repaid.  Hear us, O God,
Your mercy is great.

Truth-telling God, you confront us with our complicity with injustice and inequality.  Enable us to stand again the status quo of discrimination and oppression, that we may speak truth in our time, and point to a better way.  Hear us, O God,
Your mercy is great.

Healing God, you promise that illness, poverty, broken relationships and death do not ultimately define who we are.  Help us as we reach out to those who suffer in any way; use us to proclaim your healing word, especially to those we name before you.
[Long pause]
Hear us, O God,
Your mercy is great.

Present God, you are here.  May our lives show this reality, today and every day.  Hear us, O God,
Your mercy is great.

We offer these spoken prayers, as well as those offered in the silence of our hearts, to you, O God, in the name of Jesus, the Christ.
Amen.