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Prayers of the People for June 18, 2017, Pentecost 2

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

[Short pause]

God our refuge, we are not perfect.  We do not have our acts together.  We fail and we fall.  Enable us to remember your compassion.  Remind us, loving God,
It’s all about the world.

God our refuge, with you we are welcome.  With you, all are welcome.  Free us from our fear.  Remind us, loving God,
It’s all about the world.

God our refuge, you do not demand that we get it right.  You simply invite us to trust your love.  Help us respond; help us reach out.  Remind us, loving God,
It’s all about the world.

God our refuge, you extend your invitation to an authentic human life through us.  May our lives shine with your presence.  Remind us, loving God,
It’s all about the world.

God our refuge, you call your church to share the compassion you have given us.  Help us trust your presence so much that we no longer fear to care for those around us.  Remind us, loving God,
It’s all about the world.

God our refuge, you come when we can no longer move; you support when we are unable to try; you are present when everything denies your presence.  Help us as we touch those who need healing, especially [NAMES, AND] those we name before you.
[LONG PAUSE]
Remind us, loving God,
It’s all about the world.

God our refuge, your love provides all the safety we need.  Strengthen us to take the risk of trusting your love in all we do.  Remind us, loving God,
It’s all about the world.

Trusting the promise of unbounded love, we pray in Jesus’ name.
Amen.

Prayers of the People for June 4, 2017, the Festival of Pentecost

Relying on the present of the Spirit among us, and trusting that presence in our world, we offer our prayers to the God who comes.

[Short pause]

Spirit of God, you call us into the deep.  That we would remember that you are swimming with us, no matter how high the waves, we offer our prayer,
Come Holy Spirit.

Spirit of love, you welcome all as you have welcomed us.  That we would be freed from our fear of others, we offer our prayer,
Come Holy Spirit.

Spirit of hope, your vision for life is inclusive, filled with expectation and lived with equity.  That we would walk beside those who struggle for a more just world, we offer our prayer,
Come Holy Spirit.

Spirit of strength, you send us into deep water.  That we would keep our eyes on you, trusting that nothing, not even failure, will separate us from your love, we offer our prayer,
Come Holy Spirit.

Spirit of service, you release us to share what you have given us.  That we would open our hands as well as our hearts, and gratefully respond to the needs around us, we offer our prayer,
 Come Holy Spirit.

Spirit of healing, you are with us in our darkest moments.  That we would recognize your light in the shadows, and shine your rejuvenating presence with all who need a reminder of your love, including [NAMES, AND] all we name before you.
[Long pause]
We offer our prayer,
Come Holy Spirit.

Spirit of God, you call us into the deep.  That we would remember that you are swimming with us, no matter how high the waves, we offer our prayer,
Come Holy Spirit.

Trusting the promise of Christ in our midst, we pray in the name of Jesus,
Amen.

Prayers of the People for May 28, 2017 Easter 7

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 present in the in-between times.  Give us patience to wait with you, and to trust your presence.  God of new life,
Hear our prayer.

Holy One, you go with us through the in-between times.  Open our eyes to see how we can wait for you more faithfully wait, and give us the courage to trust you with the outcome.  God of new life,
Hear our prayer.

Holy One, you call to us in the in-between times.  Free us from our desire to control events, our desire to control others, our desire to control you.  Give us faith to listen while we wait.  God of new life,
Hear our prayer.

Holy One, you move in the in-between times.  Enable us to trust that, even when life is ambiguous, you are there.  God of new life,
Hear our prayer.

Holy One, you carry us in the in-between times.  Help us, not only to see you with us, but to show your care for those who are hurting.  Use us to express your compassion for [NAMES, AND] all those whom we name before you.
[Long pause]
God of new life,
Hear our prayer.

Holy One, you are found in the in-between times.  As we wait for you to reveal yourself more fully, give us patience, give us faith, give us hope.  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 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 May 14, 2017, Easter 5

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]

Loving God, your desire for us is freedom from fear, and joy in life.  Remind us of your presence, and help us let go of whatever keeps us from faithfulness.  God of new life,
Hear our prayer.

Loving God, your Easter promise infuses all of life with meaning and hope.  Open our eyes to see the possibilities of healed relationships and restored communities.  God of new life,
Hear our prayer.

Loving God, you call us, as your people, as your church, to live an infectious life of love and service.  May we respond to the needs round us, and may our response point others to your presence with them.  God of new life,
Hear our prayer.

Loving God, we offer our thanks for those who have comforted us in times of fear: family, friends, believers, strangers.  Use us to do the same, especially for [NAMES, AND] those we name before you,
[Long pause]
so that we all may be released from the fear that binds us.  God of new life,
Hear our prayer.

Loving God, we are confronted with changing situations, changing perspectives, changing ministries.  Remind us of your constant love, your perpetual care, your faithful presence.  God of new life,
Hear our prayer.

 

Trusting the promise of unbounded love, we pray in Jesus’ name.
Amen.

Prayers of the People for May 7, 2017, Easter 4

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]

God of abundance, you promise life: life filled with meaning, with purpose, with hope and with love.  May we be open to this life you bring.  God of new life,
Hear our prayer.

God of abundance, we too often confuse abundant life with abundant things.  Free us from our confusion, that we may embrace your true gifts.  God of new life,
Hear our prayer.

God of abundance, the possibilities for sharing the gifts you provide surround us.  Keep us open to the reality that we have life to share.  God of new life,
Hear our prayer.

God of abundance, you shepherd your people through all of life.  Guide your church into more faithful ways of living together, that we may more faithfully live out your presence among us.  God of new life,
Hear our prayer.

God of abundance, we pray for those who see nothing but lack, nothing but hurt, nothing but need, nothing but pain.  Send us as bearers of life to all who are desperate for your abundance, especially [NAMES, AND] those we name before you.
[Long pause]
God of new life,
Hear our prayer.

God of abundance, you promise life: life filled with meaning, with purpose, with hope and with love.  May we be open to this life you bring.  God of new life,
Hear our prayer.

Trusting the promise of unbounded love, we pray in Jesus’ name.
Amen.

Prayers of the People for April 23, 2017, Easter 2

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]

Living God, you are open to us, vulnerable to us, able to be hurt by us.  We thank you for your willingness to engage with us.  God of new life,
Hear our prayer.

Living God, you are willing to risk everything for us.  Increase our gratitude, and our own willingness to risk.  God of new life,
Hear our prayer.

Living God, we are afraid of being vulnerable.  We crave certainty and strength, power and control.  Open us to the possibility of freedom which comes with weakness.  God of new life,
Hear our prayer.

Living God, you do not approach us in isolation; you come to us in community.  Keep us available to each other, even when we see things differently, so that we may encounter you.  God of new life,
Hear our prayer.

Living God, the people around us are vulnerable.  This planet is vulnerable.  Life itself is vulnerable.  Show us your presence in all of our existence, that our trust of your promises may be strengthened.  God of new life,
Hear our prayer.

Living God, we pray for those who are most aware of their weakness: the under-employed, the lonely, the oppressed, the sick, especially [NAMES, AND] all those whom we name before you.
[Long pause]
God of new life,
Hear our prayer.

Living God, you are open to us.  Keep us open to you.  God of new life,
Hear our prayer.

Trusting the promise of unbounded love, we pray in Jesus’ name.
Amen.