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Prayers of the People for June 25, 2017, Pentecost 3

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

[Short pause]

God of conflict, God of peace, to follow Jesus is to acknowledge that disputes will come, and at the same time trusting your presence with us in the middle of them.  Give us the faith not to be afraid of the challenge.  Remind us, loving God,
It’s all about the world.

God of conflict, God of peace, you have walked with your people through all their days, all their decisions, all their struggles.  Increase our trust that you never leave us alone.  Remind us, loving God,
It’s all about the world.

God of conflict, God of peace, some of our difficulties are a result of faithfulness to your leading, and some of our difficulties are self-inflicted.  Keep us humble, that we might discern the difference, and respond appropriately.  Remind us, loving God,
It’s all about the world.

God of conflict, God of peace, we are painfully aware of the divisions between nations, between peoples, between communities, between family members, and even within ourselves.  Send us your reconciling Spirit, and then send us as reconcilers to your hurting world.  Remind us, loving God,
It’s all about the world.

God of conflict, God of peace, this good earth is unhealthy, and we know this in our own lives, in our own bodies.  Bring healing into this sick world, including the lives of [NAMES AND] those we name before you.
[Long pause.
Remind us, loving God,
It’s all about the world.

God of conflict, God of peace, guide us and support us through our ups and downs, that we might faithfully point to your love, whatever comes.  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,….

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Prayers of the People for May 21, 12017, Easter 6

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 found in all of life, with all people, in all circumstances and situations.  Open us to your presence.  God of new life,
Hear our prayer.

Holy One, sometimes we are distressed by what we see, by what we experience.  Free us from being judgmental about others.  Open us to your presence.  God of new life,
Hear our prayer.

Holy One, keep us available to the people around us who have questions, who are in pain, who are self-absorbed, who don’t have time.  Show us your love for them.  Open us to your presence.  God of new life,
Hear our prayer.

Holy One, remind us that the validity of our faith is not determined by the response of others to us.  Remind us that they have their own paths, and that you reject no one.  Free us to share this journey with all whom we encounter.  Open us to your presence.  God of new life,
Hear our prayer.

Holy One, you share our journey with us, and with all who are in any need.  Use us to be your healing hands for those who are sick, your comforting hands for those who are hurting, your supportive hands for those who are challenged.  We especially pray for [NAMES, AND] all whom we name before you.
[Long pause]
Open us to your presence.  God of new life,
Hear our prayer.

Holy One, you are found in all of life, even ours.  Open us to your presence.  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 the Reign of Christ, 2016

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]

God of love, you ARE love.  We give thanks for your gift of love to us.  May we share your gift with those who need it most.  God of our baptism,
May we respond to your call.

God of forgiveness, in Jesus you reconcile us to yourself, as well as to each other.  May we live this gift in our lives together.  God of our baptism,
May we respond to your call.

God of peace, you come to a world filled with crosses, filled with hate, filled with violence.  Help us to accept the cost of being peacemakers in this fear-filled world.  God of our baptism,
May we respond to your call.

God of creation, you have made us caretakers of this world.  Free us from hoarding your gifts for ourselves.  Remind us of the needs of future generations.  God of our baptism,
May we respond to your call.

God of the suffering, we admit that we have a hard time trusting your presence in the pain-filled parts of life.  Open our eyes to see your Christ with the suffering ones around us.  God of our baptism,
May we respond to your call.

God of the sick, you are present when we have lost all ability to care for ourselves.  Bring your wholeness to those who are ill.  We remember especially [NAMES, AND] those we name before you.
[Long pause]
Use us to bring your healing wherever it is needed.  God of our baptism,
May we respond to your call.

God of the church, strengthen the faith your people.  Free us from our fear of the different.  Increase our joy in your presence.  Open us to what you are doing today.  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, liberating God, in the name of Jesus, our liberating Saviour.
Amen.

Prayers of the People for Pentecost 16 / Ordinary 23

God has promised to hear our prayers.  Therefore 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 hard words, sometimes your truth is uncomfortable.  Sometimes you do not offer comfort, but instead confront us.  At those times, help us listen.  Hear us, O God,
Your mercy is great.

God of hard words, you challenge us to let go of old priorities, old ways of doing things, old expectations.  At those times, help us respond.  Hear us, O God,
Your mercy is great.

God of hard words, you love us as we are, but you do not leave us as we are.  As life calls for new actions and outlooks, help us move.  Hear us, O God,
Your mercy is great.

God of hard words, in a world which glorifies war, you call us to take the risk of speaking peace.  In such times as these, give us the courage to raise our voices.  Hear us, O God,
Your mercy is great.

God of hard words, you send us to the sick, the smelly, the rude, the dirty and the dying.  As we pray for those who need out prayers, give us words of life.  Hear us, O God,
Your mercy is great.

God of hard words, when life feels like too much, when the needs are overwhelming, when your call is too scary, give us the audacity to trust, and the faith to take the next step.  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.

Abrahamic Prayers

These are the prayers which were offered at Waterloo Lutheran Seminary on November 7, 2012. The service was planned and led by representatives of the three main Abrahamic faiths: Judaism, Christianity and Islam, and was entitled, “The Legacy of Abraham.”

These prayers concluded the service,and are shared here in the hope of God healing our broken relationships.

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We do not pray, we cannot pray, in complete unity. We do and can, however, pray as we are. Each of our prayers will end with the words, “Gracious and Merciful God.” You are invited to respond with, “Hear our prayer.”

[Brief pause]

God of Abraham, God who is God, you called Abraham to follow you, to be the father of many, to be a blessing to the world. Strengthen us to hear and respond to your call to us today. Gracious and merciful God, Hear our prayer.

God of Abraham, God who is God, the sons of Abraham struggled, yet you did not abandon them, and, in spite of their difficulties, they did not abandon each other. In the middle of the challenges we present to each other, show us your faithful presence, that we may walk with each other as well. Gracious and merciful God, Hear our prayer.

God of Abraham, God who is God, you have reached out to us, in our various traditions, through the stories of Abraham and his family. Enable each of us to share the gifts you have given us, even as we learn to acknowledge the gifts you have given others. Gracious and merciful God, Hear our prayer.

God of Abraham, God who is God, forgive us children of Abraham for our wars and our hatred, our stereotypes and our prejudices. Enable us to let go of our fears, break down what separates, and embrace what builds up. Gracious and merciful God, Hear our prayer.

God of Abraham, God who is God, raise up people of good will to bring your peace among the nations, your salaam between religious traditions, your shalom between us. Send us out from here as bearers of your peace, that the world may know you as God. Gracious and merciful God, Hear our prayer.

God of Abraham, God who is God, hear our prayers. Amen.