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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.

Prayers of the People for Pentecost 2 / Ordinary 10, June 7, 2015

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

[Short pause]

Welcoming God, you have claimed us as your people, the Church. Give us the courage to continue living into this holy identity. God of our baptism,
May our life be our prayer.

Gracious God, you reach into lives which, to all outward appearances, deny the possibility of your presence. Open our eyes to see your face in all we meet. God of our baptism,
May our life be our prayer.

Loving God, you promise your care and compassion wherever we go, wherever we are. Increase our faith to trust your promise, and use us to share that promise with all in any need, especially [NAMES, AND] those we name before you.
[Pause]
God of our baptism,
May our life be our prayer.

Engaging God, you call us to involvement in life, to connect with those who are different, to walk with those who are oppressed, to challenge those who abuse privilege. Take away our fear. God of our baptism,
May our life be our prayer.

Inspiring God, you embrace us in water, you feed us in bread and wine, you call to us in spoken word, you support us through family and friends. Remind us that these are not “ends,” but that they are only beginnings. God of our baptism,
May our life be our prayer.

Sending God, you have called us here, but you also call us out. Fill us with excitement at the prospect of serving your world. God of our baptism,
May our life be our prayer.

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

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 the Second Sunday After the Epiphany 2014

Trusting the promise of God who enlightens all of life, we offer our prayers for the world God loves, the Church God calls, and all people according to their needs, saying, “Light of the world,” and responding, “Shine on us and through us.”

[Short pause]

Loving God, your vision is always bigger.  Open our eyes to see more of what you are doing around us.  Light of the world,
Shine on us and through us.

Loving God, your welcome is always wider.  Continue to work on us, that we may learn to receive all whom you send into our lives.  Light of the world,
Shine on us and through us.

Loving God, your mission is always grander.  Move us beyond our past, to embrace the future you are bringing.  Light of the world,
Shine on us and through us.

Loving God, your love is always more inclusive.  Inspire us to reach out beyond our comfort zones, that we may discover you with the widow and orphan, the homeless and addict, the foreigner and refugee.  Light of the world,
Shine on us and through us.

Loving God, your presence is always closer.  Give us the courage to go where others won’t go: to the sick and the shut-in, to the contagious and the outcast, to the misunderstood and the ignored.  We especially bring our prayers for those we name before you.
[Long pause]
Use us to touch pain-filled lives with your healing.  Light of the world,
Shine on us and through us.

Loving God, you are always calling us up, calling us out, calling us beyond.  Increase our faith, that we may respond eagerly, and serve willingly.  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 Second Sunday of Christmas

Walking in the light of the Saviour, let us pray to God for the needs of the world, the ministry of the Church, and for all people everywhere, saying, “Christ Jesus, by your coming,” and responding, “Set us free for ministry.”

[Short pause]

God who comes, you speak yourself into our world, into our reality.  Help us listen for your voice; help us hear your call.  Christ Jesus, by your coming,
Set us free for ministry.

God who comes, you proclaim love and acceptance for all.  Help us live your welcome by reaching out to the despised, and embracing the unloved.  Christ Jesus, by your coming,
Set us free for ministry.

God who comes, you call us to an honest encounter with our own brokenness.  Walk with us as we struggle to acknowledge the truth about ourselves; remind us that nothing about us will stop your love for us.  Christ Jesus, by your coming,
Set us free for ministry.

God who comes, your openness to us inspires our own willingness to love.  Use us to touch those who are isolated, poor, ill or dying, especially those we name before you.
[Long pause]
May we speak your healing love into reality.  Christ Jesus, by your coming,
Set us free for ministry.

God who comes, inspire this congregation to respond to your invitation.  Free us from whatever holds us back, so we might speak your loving Word in Kitchener.  Christ Jesus, by your coming,
Set us free for ministry.

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

Prayers of the People for Pentecost 21 / Ordinary 28 / Canadian Thanksgiving

As God has promised to walk with us, God has also promised to hear us.  So we pray for all who need our prayers, saying, “We pray in hope,” and respond, “Make all things new.”

[Brief pause]

In gratitude for all the gifts we have been given and promised, that we would more and more be shaped by God’s generosity, we pray in hope,
Make all things new.

For the poor around us, that their needs would be met; for ourselves, that we would be part of how their needs are met; and for all of us, that we would work together toward real answers, we pray in hope,
Make all things new.

For leaders of nations, that political advantage and questing for power would give way to a desire to serve and a striving for justice, we pray in hope,
Make all things new.

For this congregation, as well as [other neighboring churches and/or faith communities], that we would respond with faith and thanksgiving to the future you are bringing, we pray in hope,
Make all things new.

For people who are sick, hurting, depressed, angry, lonely, hungry, cold, homeless or without hope, that they may experience, through our ministry, the loving healing and gentle welcome of Jesus, we pray in hope,
Make all things new.

For all people, for the whole world, for all of creation, we give thanks.  That we would be more willing servants, who, through our lives, bring life, we pray in hope,
Make all things new.

We offer these spoken prayers, our silent prayers, and the prayers for which we have no words, to you, loving God, in the name of Jesus.
Amen.

Prayers of the People for Pentecost 7 / Ordinary 14

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]

God who calls us, you have a mission in this world, and you call us to take part in it.  Strengthen us for ministry.  Hear us, O God,
Your mercy is great.

God who calls us to love, you welcome all, including those who would be your enemies.  Open us to the people around us, including those we consider our enemies.  Hear us, O God,
Your mercy is great.

God who calls us to serve, you provide for the needs of all.  Open our hands to share your abundance.  Hear us, O God,
Your mercy is great.

God who calls us to speak, you show us the injustice and oppression which is all too common in our world.  Give us the courage to open our mouths, so we may speak truth to power, and courage to weakness.  Hear us, O God,
Your mercy is great.

God who calls us together, you have created your church to proclaim and live out your Good News.  We thank you for those who took part in our national convention this week.  We ask for safe travel as they return home, and for increased enthusiasm for the work to which you call us.  Hear us, O God,
Your mercy is great.

God who calls us to heal, you remove our fear of illness and death, so we can reach out to those who suffer.  Open our hearts to those who are sick, hungry, outcast or different, that we may touch them with your restoring love.  We especially pray for those we name before you.
[Long pause]
Hear us, O God,
Your mercy is great.

God who calls us, you have a mission in this world, and you call us to take part in it.  Strengthen us for ministry.  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.