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Prayers of the People for Holy Trinity Sunday, June 11, 2017

Trusting the promise of God’s presence, now and forever, we offer our prayers for the world, the church, and all in need.

[Short pause]

Holy Three, Holy One, you create us, you restore us, you support and strengthen us.  That we would grow in trust of your promise, we offer our prayer,
Come Holy Spirit.

Holy Three, Holy One, your promise goes with us into every encounter, every disappointment, every hurt, every failure.  That we would remember your promise wherever we go, wherever we are, we offer our prayer,
Come Holy Spirit.

Holy Three, Holy One, every day we are confronted with what can’t be, what can’t be done, what can’t be attempted, what can’t be tried.  That we would learn to listen less to the fear around and within us, and more to your presence and call, we offer our prayer,
Come Holy Spirit.

Holy Three, Holy One, you call your Church to risk, to take chances, to go out on a  limb for the sake of those who have been forgotten.  That we would be willing partners in your work of reclaiming creation, we offer our prayer,
Come Holy Spirit.

ZION ONLY
Holy Three, Holy One, you have claimed Jacqui and Brandon as your beloved children.  That you would use them to challenge us to trust more extravagantly, that you would use us to support them to live more faithfully, and that you would use all of us to proclaim your love more enthusiastically, we offer our prayer,
Come Holy Spirit.

Holy Three, Holy One, your presence does not come in spite of our difficulties and challenges; your presence comes because of our difficulties and challenges.  As you remind us of your promise, use us to remind others who need a touch of your grace, especially [NAMES, AND] those we name before you now.
[Long pause]
That we would be faithful messengers of your promise, we offer our prayer,
Come Holy Spirit.

Holy Three, Holy One, your promise does not fail.  That you would help us hold on to your assurance, we offer our prayer,
Come Holy Spirit.

Trusting the promise of God, whose word cannot fail, we pray in the name of Jesus,
Amen.

Prayers of the People for Ash Wednesday 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 of ashes, we acknowledge our guilt.  Remind that your forgiveness embraces everything about us.  Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God of ashes, we acknowledge our limitations.  Remind us that it’s ok for us not be perfect.  Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God of ashes, we acknowledge our fear.  Remind us that it does not have to set our agenda.  Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God of ashes, we acknowledge our divisions.  Remind us that you bring us to reconciliation, with you and with each other.  Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God of ashes, we acknowledge our unhealthy lives.  Remind us that you bring restoration, for us and for all.  Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God of ashes, we acknowledge our efforts to keep you at bay.  Remind us of your promise that you will never leave us alone.  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.

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 Seventh Sunday after the Epiphany, 2014

Trusting the promise of God who enlightens all of life, we offer our prayers saying, “Light of the world,” and responding, “Shine on us and through us.”

[Short pause]

God of reconciliation, you call us to honesty.  Help us to admit that we have enemies, and set us free to begin a new relationship.  Light of the world,
Shine on us and through us.

God of reconciliation, you call us to wholeness.  Guide our steps as we walk with each other. Light of the world,
Shine on us and through us.

God of reconciliation, you call us to restoration.  Strengthen us to reach out to those with whom we disagree.  Help us to be faithful, both to you and to each other.  Light of the world,
Shine on us and through us.

God of reconciliation, you call us to forgiveness.  Make us aware of our own need for your love, show us how much love we have already been given, and then help us share it.  Light of the world,
Shine on us and through us.

God of reconciliation, you call us to healing.  Remove our fear, so that we might touch the ill, the lonely and the dying with your presence.  We pray especially for those we remember before you now.
[Long pause]
Light of the world,
Shine on us and through us.

God of reconciliation, you call us to be your reconcilers.  Fill us with eagerness and love for the people of Syria, the Congo, the Ukraine, and our own back yards.  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 Third 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]

God who calls us, you walk with all people, reach out to all people, support all people.  We thank you for your care.  Light of the world,
Shine on us and through us.

God who calls us, you have brought us into your church, with all of our gifts, with all of our challenges.  Enable us to welcome as we have been welcomed.  Light of the world,
Shine on us and through us.

God who calls us, you surround us with people who can make us uncomfortable, with situations which can point out our weaknesses.  Strengthen our faith to let go of proving ourselves; help us trust your presence.  Light of the world
Shine on us and through us.

God who calls us, you send us to the lonely, the shut-in, the unemployed, the sick and the dying.  Use us to extend your healing touch to those we name before you.
[Long pause]
Light of the world,
Shine on us and through us.

God who calls us, give this congregation a vision of what we might be in this community.  Show us how we can serve most faithfully in this time and place.  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 Seventh Sunday of Easter

As we celebrate God’s salvation, shown in the resurrection of Jesus, we pray for the world God loves, the church God calls, and all people according to their needs, saying, “God of new life,” and responding, “Hear our prayer.”

[Short pause]

God of Resurrection, Hallelujah!  You bring new life through Jesus.  You call us to a new solidarity through Jesus.  Help us embrace your call.  God of new life,
Hear our prayer.

God of Resurrection, Hallelujah!  You are free from our structures and expectations.  You speak in ways which catch us off guard.  You come to us in people who are different.  Help us celebrate the diversity you have created.  God of new life,
Hear our prayer.

God of Resurrection, Hallelujah!  Give us openness to a unity which is not uniformity, but an embracing of variety.  Give us openness to change which is not danger, but the challenge of being alive.  Give us openness to growth which is not just survival, but movement toward maturity.  God of new life,
Hear our prayer.

God of Resurrection, Hallelujah!  Grant this congregation your wisdom to discern the faithful way before us.  Let all we do, all we decide, all we are, point to your loving promise.  God of new life,
Hear our prayer.

God of Resurrection, Hallelujah!  May we express your solidarity with us by living in solidarity with those whose lives and circumstances deny your presence – the unemployed and under-employed, the poor and hungry, the stranger and outsider, the sick and forgotten, especially those we name before you.
[Long pause]
God of new life,
Hear our prayer.

God of Resurrection, Hallelujah!  As this Easter season draws to a close, fire us with hope, that we may be your New Life people every day.  God of new life,
Hear our prayer.

Trusting your life-giving promise, we offer these prayers in the name of Jesus, our living Saviour.
Amen.