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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.

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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.

Prayers of the People for the 23rd Sunday after Pentecost, November 16, 2014

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

[Short pause]

Generous God, you give us all we have.  May we take the risk of gratitude in all we do.  With all God’s people, we pray,
Hear us, loving God.

Generous God, you provide all that we need, and more.  Enable us to trust your giving, so that we may become the risky givers you call us to be.  With all God’s people, we pray,
Hear us, loving God.

Generous God, open our eyes to all that you risk with us.  Free us to take the same risk with the people and situations around us.  With all God’s people, we pray,
Hear us, loving God.

Generous God, life is risky.  Death is risky.  Faith is risky.  Free us from fear, so we may take part in your risky ministry.  With all God’s people, we pray,
Hear us, loving God.

Generous God, you take the risk of joining us in our illnesses, our broken relationships, our failures, our pain.  Help us take the risk of touching all who are in need, especially [NAMES, AND] all those we name before you.
[Long pause]
With all God’s people, we pray,
Hear us, loving God.

Generous God, inspire us to take the risk of love.  With all God’s people, we pray,
Hear us, loving God.

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 16 / Ordinary 23

God has promised to hear our prayers.  Therefore we offer our concern 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.”

[Brief pause]

God of hard words, sometimes your truth is uncomfortable.  Sometimes you do not offer comfort, but instead confront us.  At those times, help us listen.  Hear us, O God,
Your mercy is great.

God of hard words, you challenge us to let go of old priorities, old ways of doing things, old expectations.  At those times, help us respond.  Hear us, O God,
Your mercy is great.

God of hard words, you love us as we are, but you do not leave us as we are.  As life calls for new actions and outlooks, help us move.  Hear us, O God,
Your mercy is great.

God of hard words, in a world which glorifies war, you call us to take the risk of speaking peace.  In such times as these, give us the courage to raise our voices.  Hear us, O God,
Your mercy is great.

God of hard words, you send us to the sick, the smelly, the rude, the dirty and the dying.  As we pray for those who need out prayers, give us words of life.  Hear us, O God,
Your mercy is great.

God of hard words, when life feels like too much, when the needs are overwhelming, when your call is too scary, give us the audacity to trust, and the faith to take the next step.  Hear us, O God,
Your mercy is great.

We offer these spoken prayers, as well as those offered in the silence of our hearts, to you, O God, in the name of Jesus, the Christ.
Amen.