Tag Archives: Prayers of the faithful

Prayers of the People for Advent 1, 2016

We are invited to bring our world and our lives to God in prayer, trusting that we will not only be heard, but strengthened for ministry.  Trusting this promise, let us pray.

[Short pause]

God who has come, God who comes, God who will come, you call the world into your presence.  May we be open to respond.  Liberating God,
Hear our prayer.

God who has come, God who comes, God who will come, your love extends to all people.  May we not only break down the walls of hatred and suspicion, may we refuse to build them.  Liberating God,
Hear our prayer.

God who has come, God who comes, God who will come, you have created us to live in diversity, to live with difference.  May we be open to the gifts that others bring.  Liberating God,
Hear our prayer.

God who has come, God who comes, God who will come, you call your church to live in the light of your promise now.  May we respond today.  Liberating God,
Hear our prayer.

God who has come, God who comes, God who will come, you have called us to serve our neighbours.  We give thanks for those who have responded to this call by offering to serve in elected office.  May they remember the source of their call, and may we support them as they struggle to be faithful to that call.  Liberating God,
Hear our prayer.

God who has come, God who comes, God who will come, you are most profoundly present in the middle of pain and weakness.  May we be your presence with those who are sick, shut-in, depressed or excluded, especially [NAMES, AND] those we name before you.
[Long pause]
Liberating God,
Hear our prayer.

God who has come, God who comes, God who will come, you call the world into your presence.  May we be open to respond.  Liberating God,
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, our liberating Saviour.
Amen.

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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.

Prayers for the Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany

Celebrating the coming of the One who brings the reign of God to all people, let us pray for the world God loves, the Church God calls, and all people according to their needs, saying, Lord, in your mercy, and responding, Hear our prayer.

[Brief pause]

God of the unexpected, in spite of his age, you called Jeremiah to speak.  Use us, in spite of our excuses, to say what you ask us to say, and to say it with compassion.  Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God of the unexpected, we would rather use power to make things come out the way we want, yet you call us to love.  Help us embrace our vulnerability, and share your promise without force.  Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God of the unexpected, we crave the familiar and the comfortable.  Set us free from our expectations.  Enable us to embrace the new thing you are doing.  Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God of the unexpected, we want to be taken care of, yet you call us to care for others.  We want to hear that we are special, yet you call us to treat others as special.  Release us from our selfishness, that we may be the servants you have created us to be.  Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God of the unexpected, you come in the middle of all that would deny you: suffering, illness, war, hunger, death.  Use your people to reach out to the isolated, the sick, the poor, and all whom we name before you now.
[Long pause]
May the reign of your healing justice come among us.  Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God of the unexpected, forgive our anger at your surprises.  Help us learn what we need to learn from our discomfort, and strengthen us to grow into what you have in mind for us.  Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God who shines in the darkness, receive these prayers and the prayers of our hearts, in the name of the one who is your light, Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Prayers of the People for Epiphany 3

Celebrating the coming of the One who brings the reign of God to all people, let us pray for the world God loves, the Church God calls, and all people according to their needs, saying, Lord, in your mercy, and responding, Hear our prayer.

[Brief pause]

God who speaks light into being, shine on us.  Shine in us.  Shine through us.  Shine brightly, so that the world may know your care.  Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God who speaks love into being, guide us into becoming the loving people you have called us to be.  Help us to reach out to our neighbours, especially those who are not loved, and not welcomed.  We remember specifically the native peoples who share this land with us.  Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God who speaks life into being, increase our wonder at your good creation.  May its awesomeness inspire us to care for air, land, water, plants, animals and insects.  Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God who speaks hope into being, send us as messengers of expectation.  May we look for your presence in the hard places of life; may we see you in the darkness; may we work with you as you bring your reign to our reality.  Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God who speaks health into being, use our hands to bring healing to the sick, our presence to bring comfort to the isolated, our voices to bring your word of promise to the hopeless, especially those we name before you now.
[Long pause]
Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God who speaks community onto being, you call us together so we may learn the joy of service.  Free us from seeing your gifts as the goal.  Strengthen our faith to use them for the good of others.  Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God who shines in the darkness, receive these prayers and the prayers of our hearts, in the name of the one who is your light, Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.