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Prayers of the People for July 23, 2017, Pentecost 7

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

[Short pause]

God of promise, your presence with us changes everything.  Open our eyes to the possibilities which surround us.  Remind us, loving God,
It’s all about the world.

God of promise, your presence with us changes nothing outside us.  Give us the courage to be changed.  Remind us, loving God,
It’s all about the world.

God of promise, your presence with us reveals opportunities which seem impossible, and provides occasions for moving into unfamiliar territory.  Give us the faith to trust the journey.  Remind us, loving God,
It’s all about the world.

God of promise, your presence with us calls many of our expectations into question.  Give us hope that, in spite of our stubbornness and fear, we can continue becoming your welcoming community.  Remind us, loving God,
It’s all about the world.

God of promise, your presence with us gives meaning and purpose to all of our days.  Give us faith to trust your presence in the middle of our difficulties, our challenges, our heartbreaks.  We pray especially for [NAMES, AND] those we name before you now.
[Long pause]
Use us to remind others that they, too, are being held by your promise.  Remind us, loving God,
It’s all about the world.

God of promise, your presence changes everything; not be altering circumstances, but by providing a reason to hope.  Help us cling to that promise, for the sake of everyone else.  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.

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 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 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 Easter, 2015

Celebrating the mystery of new life in Christ, we pray for the world God loves, the church God calls, and all people in any need.

[Short pause]

God who brings new life, Hallelujah! For the doubt which comes with our faith, for the faith which is seasoned with doubt, and for your presence in it all, we give our thanks. God of resurrection,
Hear our prayer.

God who brings new life, Hallelujah! For the witness of those who have brought us to today, for the truth they proclaimed, for the love they showed, and for the weakness they accepted as part of the package, we give our thanks. God of resurrection,
Hear our prayer.

God who brings new life, Hallelujah! For the chances we have been given to share new life, for the people around us, and for the Call which is renewed every day, we give our thanks. God of resurrection,
Hear our prayer.

God who brings new life, Hallelujah! For the life-giving presence of the Spirit in the middle of our doubts, in the middle of our difficulties, in the middle of our challenges, in the middle of our community, we give our thanks. God of resurrection,
Hear our prayer.

God who brings new life, Hallelujah! For the promise of love and final healing for those who are sick, in distress, oppressed, marginalized, alone, separated, especially [NAMES, AND] those we name before you [LONG PAUSE], we give you thanks. God of resurrection,
Hear our prayer.

God who brings new life, Hallelujah! For calling us to share in the blessings of the new life you bring, for the ability to respond which we have been given, and for the hope that we can touch others with the love we have received, we give our thanks. God of resurrection,
Hear our prayer.

We pray all this in the name of our risen Saviour, Jesus the Christ.
 Amen.

Prayers of the People for the First Sunday of Advent, November 30, 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]

God who comes, we are surrounded by signs of your presence, but we are too often distracted by our own pain and insecurity.  Open our eyes to look for your coming today.  Hear us, O God.
Come to us and save us.

God who comes, you provide more than we realize, but too often we listen to other voices telling us we need more.  Open our hearts to receive what you are giving today.  Hear us, O God.
Come to us and save us.

God who comes, you ask us to reflect your love, but too often we let fear dictate our actions.  Open our hands to share your blessings today.  Hear us, O God.
Come to us and save us.

God who comes, you promise to go with us wherever we go: to work, to school, to the voting booth, to the hospital, to the funeral home.  Use us to show your care to those who need it, especially [NAMES, AND] those we name before you now.
[Long pause]
Hear us, O God.
Come to us and save us.

God who comes, give us the faith to trust your promise, the eyes to see your coming today, the joy to share what we see happening around us, and the willingness to take part in what you are doing in our world.  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 Pentecost 11, August 24, 2014

Trusting the promise that our prayers will be heard, we offer our concerns for the world God loves, the Church God calls, and all people according to their needs.

[Short pause]

God of creation, you surround us with reminders of your love and care. Open our hearts to the wonder of who you are. Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God of the world, your love extends to all. In the face of terror and oppression, in the face of evil and exclusion, keep us open to sharing what you give. Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God of the church, you have claimed us through water and word, through promise and grace. Remind us again of who you are, so we may remember who we are. Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God of all people, your desire for the world is justice and peace. When governments remember this, use us to support them. When rulers forget this, use us to remind them. Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God of healing, use us to restore those who are broken and desperate, who are exploited and subjugated, who are abused and forgotten, who are ill and isolated, especially [names, and] those we name before you.
[Long pause]
Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God of life, help us believe the identity you have given us. Help us trust the promise you have made to is. Help us live the life to which you call us. Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

With thanks for all your life-giving gifts, we pray these prayers, as well as those hidden in the depths of our hearts, to you, loving God, in the name of the risen Jesus.
Amen.