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Prayers of the People for July 23, 2017, Pentecost 7

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

[Short pause]

God of promise, your presence with us changes everything.  Open our eyes to the possibilities which surround us.  Remind us, loving God,
It’s all about the world.

God of promise, your presence with us changes nothing outside us.  Give us the courage to be changed.  Remind us, loving God,
It’s all about the world.

God of promise, your presence with us reveals opportunities which seem impossible, and provides occasions for moving into unfamiliar territory.  Give us the faith to trust the journey.  Remind us, loving God,
It’s all about the world.

God of promise, your presence with us calls many of our expectations into question.  Give us hope that, in spite of our stubbornness and fear, we can continue becoming your welcoming community.  Remind us, loving God,
It’s all about the world.

God of promise, your presence with us gives meaning and purpose to all of our days.  Give us faith to trust your presence in the middle of our difficulties, our challenges, our heartbreaks.  We pray especially for [NAMES, AND] those we name before you now.
[Long pause]
Use us to remind others that they, too, are being held by your promise.  Remind us, loving God,
It’s all about the world.

God of promise, your presence changes everything; not be altering circumstances, but by providing a reason to hope.  Help us cling to that promise, for the sake of everyone else.  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 Pentecost 7, Ordinary 15

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

[Short pause]

God of love, you have created us all in your image; you have created us all wonderfully different. Help us embrace the uniqueness of each one, that we may discover our unity in you. Remind us, loving God,
It’s all about the world.

God of justice, you call us beyond self-interest; you call us to care for all. Strengthen us to stand with those outside of power and wealth, and point to your presence among the weak. Remind us, loving God,
It’s all about the world.

God of reconciliation, you invite us to work for restored relationships. Open our eyes to the divisions we create, and give us the courage to dismantle them. Remind us, loving God,
It’s all about the world.

God of Good News, your acceptance reaches far beyond what we imagine, and drives us to welcome those who have been enemies. Give us faith to let go of our hurt; help us hold on to your promise. Remind us, loving God,
It’s all about the world.

God of healing, you do not abandon us in our brokenness; we can trust your presence at all times and in all places. Restore those whose health has failed, including [NAMES, AND] all those whom we name before you.
[Long pause]
May the healing we receive strengthen our ability to serve. Remind us, loving God,
It’s all about the world.

God of the Church, we entrust the decisions of our national convention, as well as the life of this congregation, to your care. Focus our energy on what you are doing in this world; may we be partners in making a difference. 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 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.