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Prayers of the People for June 25, 2017, Pentecost 3

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

[Short pause]

God of conflict, God of peace, to follow Jesus is to acknowledge that disputes will come, and at the same time trusting your presence with us in the middle of them.  Give us the faith not to be afraid of the challenge.  Remind us, loving God,
It’s all about the world.

God of conflict, God of peace, you have walked with your people through all their days, all their decisions, all their struggles.  Increase our trust that you never leave us alone.  Remind us, loving God,
It’s all about the world.

God of conflict, God of peace, some of our difficulties are a result of faithfulness to your leading, and some of our difficulties are self-inflicted.  Keep us humble, that we might discern the difference, and respond appropriately.  Remind us, loving God,
It’s all about the world.

God of conflict, God of peace, we are painfully aware of the divisions between nations, between peoples, between communities, between family members, and even within ourselves.  Send us your reconciling Spirit, and then send us as reconcilers to your hurting world.  Remind us, loving God,
It’s all about the world.

God of conflict, God of peace, this good earth is unhealthy, and we know this in our own lives, in our own bodies.  Bring healing into this sick world, including the lives of [NAMES AND] those we name before you.
[Long pause.
Remind us, loving God,
It’s all about the world.

God of conflict, God of peace, guide us and support us through our ups and downs, that we might faithfully point to your love, whatever comes.  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 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 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 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.

Christmas Eve Dramatic Reading

We used this last year (2015) to begin the Christmas Eve services in the Lutheran churches in Lunenburg and First South, Nova Scotia. It is for three voices (mix male and female voices).

Feel free to use, but please do let me know if you do. Thanks!

 

A Christmas Eve dramatic reading

1 – Dark.

2 – Darkness.

3 – Hopelessness.

1 – Night.

2 – Black.

3 – Questions.

1 – Many question.

2 – TOO many questions.

3 – Hurled at the dark.

1 – Why?

2 – Why Syria?

3 – Why hunger?

1 – Why war?

2 – Why refugees?

3 – Why unemployment?

1 – Why addiction?

2 – Why destructive families?

3 – Why isn’t anyone DOING anything?

1 – Why aren’t WE?

2 – And even when we DO,

3 – It seems so insignificant.

1 – So small.

2 – So why bother?

3 – What’s the point?

1 – Why?

2 – Why?

3 – Why?

All – WHY?

1 – Hurled at the dark.

2 – Thrown into the silence.

3 – Into the silence.

1 – Thrown into the night.

2 – Into the silent night.

All – Into the silent, holy, night.

Pause

3 – A song of hope.

1 – A song of hope?

2 – Yes.

3 – A song of hope.

1 – Sung at the darkness.

2 – Hurled into the night.

3 – Thrown at the hopelessness.

1 – Because it is here.

2 – Right here.

3 – Among US.

1 – That God comes.

2 – Into the dark.

3 – Into OUR dark.

1 – Into the night.

2 – Into OUR night.

3 – Into the bleakness of our lives,

1 – With a word of hope,

2 – A word of acceptance,

3 – A word of presence.

1 – Presence with us.

2 – Presence with the refugee.

3 – Presence with the addicted.

1 – And the unemployed,

2 – And the hopeless,

3 – And all who dwell in darkness.

1 – A light shines in the darkness.

2 – Shines in the night.

3 – Shines in us,

1 – And for us,

2 – And for all.

3 – For all.

All – For ALL.

1 – A song of hope.

2 – Sung in the darkness.

3 – Sung for the world.

1 – And in a manger, a baby cries.

2 – And hope is born again.

3 – For all.

1 – For all.

2 – For all.

All – For ALL.

3 – 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.