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Prayers of the People for Palm Sunday, 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 who comes in church, remind your people that you are larger than our experience, larger than this congregation, larger than Sunday morning.  Free us from the constraints we try to place on our religious lives.  Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God who comes in politics, Jesus made a very public statement by his ride into Jerusalem.  In the face of the world’s cynicism, in the face of our own mis-trust, keep us open to sharing your love.  Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God who comes in the unexpected, you surprise us by coming to us from outside, from people who are strangers, in times and places where we do not look for you.  Keep us receptive to being amazed.  Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God who comes in illness, you promise healing.  Free us from demanding the shape which that healing takes.  As we pray for those who need our prayers, especially [NAMES, AND] those we name before you, open us to your presence in all our circumstances.
[Long pause]
Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God who comes in all, you are not limited to our expectations.  Break through our usual ways of thinking, our familiar ways of seeing, our comfortable ways of being.  Shatter our normal, and come to bring us life.  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.

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Prayers of the People for Palm/Passion Sunday, 2015

In Jesus, God has come into our world, embracing every aspect of our lives. We now respond to this gift in prayer for the world God loves, the church God calls, and all people in any need.

[Short pause]

Loving God, you come into the messiness of politics and opinion, of power and fear. Help us follow where you lead. God who embraces us,
Hear our prayer.

Loving God, you come into the messiness of relationships and friendships, of broken interactions and hurting hearts. Help us trust your presence. God who embraces us,
Hear our prayer.

Loving God, you come into the messiness of church and kingdom, into the confusion of divided loyalties. Help us see your light. God who embraces us,
Hear our prayer.

Loving God, you come into the messiness of this congregation and parish, in the midst of leaky roofs and lonely neighbours. Help us embrace your priorities. God who embraces us,
Hear our prayer.

Loving God, you come into the messiness of illness and pain, of fearful lives and unanswered questions, of unemployment and diminishing pensions, of uncertainty and apprehension. Use us to reach out into the messiness of the lives of [NAMES, AND] all those whom we name before you.
[Long pause]
God who embraces us,
Hear our prayer.

Loving God, you come into the messiness of our lives. Help us trust your presence, even here, even now. God who embraces us,
Hear our prayer.

We pray all this in the name of Jesus, who came, who comes, who has promised to come, our Saviour and our Friend.
Amen.

Prayers of the People for Palm Sunday, 2014

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 of love, God of life, you call your people to challenge the assumptions and expectations of our world. Guide us as we struggle with our own assumptions, and strengthen us to grow into the loving people you desire. Hear us, O God,
Your mercy is great.

God of love, God of life, Jesus entered Jerusalem at a specific time and place.  You call us to our community in this time and place.  Help us respond to your call.  Hear us, O God,
Your mercy is great.

God of love, God of life, Jesus inspired hope in the hopeless, and anticipation in the oppressed.  Help us embrace our role as peacemakers in this warring, conflicted world.  Hear us, O God,
Your mercy is great.

God of love, God of life, Jesus inspired fear in the powerful.  Keep us faithful in the face of adversity and opposition, that we may point to you in all places and circumstances.  Hear us, O God,
Your mercy is great.

God of love, God of life, you are not far from all who hurt, all who are sick, all who are poor, all who are dying.  Use us as your compassionate, healing hands, to touch all whom we name before you.
[Long pause]
Hear us, O God,
Your mercy is great.

God of love, God of life, in the face of changes and threats, of dangers and unknowns, remind us of your constant presence.  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.

Prayers of the People for Palm Sunday

As we remember that God’s mighty acts of salvation have come through the humility and weakness of Jesus, we pray 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.”

[Short pause]

God of salvation, we offer our praise and thanks to you for revealing yourself to us in Jesus.  May we follow him by offering our lives for the poor and needy.  Hear us, O God,
Your mercy is great.

God of humility, we look for you in the high places – palaces, parliaments and capital cities.  Yet you come most profoundly where we are not looking – soup kitchens, day cares, pawn shops, hospital waiting rooms, funeral homes.  Give us faith to look down.  Hear us, O God,
Your mercy is great.

God of weakness, your reign does not come by power, by manipulation, by our standards of success.  You come through service, through strangers, and in the midst of suffering.  Take our eyes off the glamorous; refocus us on the little things you are doing.  Hear us, O God,
Your mercy is great.

God of salvation, no part of life is outside your concern.  Help us be aware of your presence in living rooms and board rooms, in coffee shops and work shops, in malls and e-mails, on exit ramps and passing lanes, in check-out lines and crack houses.  Help us respond to your love wherever we are.  Hear us, O God,
Your mercy is great.

God of humility, you call us to care more about serving than being served, to care more about understanding than being understood, to care more about loving than being loved.  Give us the gift of humility.  Hear us, O God,
Your mercy is great.

God of weakness, use us to proclaim your promise to those who are weakened by illness and poverty, by broken relationships and dead-end jobs, by helplessness and hopelessness, especially those we name before you.
[Long pause]
Hear us, O God,
Your mercy is great.

God of our salvation, we trust you hear our prayers, not because they are pure, but because you are pure; not because we are holy, but because you are holy.  Help us rest in your promise, in the name of Jesus.
Amen.