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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.

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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.

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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 Lent 4, March 26, 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 those who cannot see, you come to us, into our space, into our darkness, with words of encouragement and hope.  Help us hear you.  Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God of those who do not see, you come into our situation with words of persuasion, words of direction, words of call.  Help us respond to you.  Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God of those who refuse to see, you challenge our stubbornness with words of confrontation, words of demand, words of warning.  Help us take you to heart.  Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God of those who claim to see, you do not offer comfort when we deceive ourselves.  You point us to uncomfortable reality.  You bring painful truth.  Help us be open to whatever you see that we need.  Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God of those who crave to see, you offer words of promise to all who realize their blindness.  Help us be open to the healing you bring.  Help us be vehicles for the restoration you offer, especially for [NAMES, AND] all those we name before you.
[Long pause]
Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God of those who do not see, our world is blind, and we are a part of this world.  Help us hear your word.  Help us trust your promise.  Help us share your love.  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 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 Christmas Eve, 2016

The congregation sings the response, which is verse 1 of “Come Now, O Prince of Peace,” a song from Korea (found in Evangelical Lutheran Worship, Hymn # 247).

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

[Short pause]

Emmanuel, God with us, we offer our thanks for the gift of your presence.  Open our eyes to see.  We lift up our prayer,
Come now, O Prince of Peace, make us one body
Come, O Lord Jesus, reconcile your people.

Emmanuel, God with us, you come to specific people in specific places in specific times.  Show yourself to us in this people, in this place, in this time.  We lift up our prayer,
Come now, O Prince of Peace, make us one body
Come, O Lord Jesus, reconcile your people.

Emmanuel, God with us, your coming shines light into our darkness.  May we embrace the realities which surround us, no matter how dark, no matter how uncomfortable.  We lift up our prayer,
Come now, O Prince of Peace, make us one body
Come, O Lord Jesus, reconcile your people.

Emmanuel, God with us, we still have to contend with Caesar.  Enable us to live your love in all of our realities.  We lift up our prayer,
Come now, O Prince of Peace, make us one body
Come, O Lord Jesus, reconcile your people.

Emmanuel, God with us, use us to touch those in need of comfort, in need of hope, in need to necessities, in need of healing, especially [NAMES, AND] those we name before you.
[Long pause]
We lift up our prayer,
Come now, O Prince of Peace, make us one body
Come, O Lord Jesus, reconcile your people.

Emmanuel, God with us, guide your church in ways of faithful service, that all whom we encounter might catch a glimpse of your loving presence.  We lift up our prayer,
Come now, O Prince of Peace, make us one body
Come, O Lord Jesus, reconcile your people.

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 Advent 2, 2016

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

[Short pause]

Loving God, you call us to repentance.  Show us where we need to change direction, and give us the courage to do it.  Liberating God,
Hear our prayer.

Loving God, you call us to the wilderness.  Help us trust your presence, no matter what dangers we face.  Liberating God,
Hear our prayer.

Loving God, you call us to confession.  Strengthen our faith to trust your love and acceptance, no matter what we have done, no matter what we haven’t done.  Liberating God,
Hear our prayer.

Loving God, you call us to our true identity.  Enable us to let go of all that inhibits your Spirit flowing though our lives.  Make us even more your people.  Liberating God,
Hear our prayer.

Loving God, you call us to embrace.  May we be open to the poor, the forgotten, the untrusted, the different, the sick, including [NAMES AND] those we name before you
[Long pause]
Liberating God,
Hear our prayer.

Loving God, you call us to change direction.  Help us be open to the new, no matter where it takes us.  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.

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.