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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 Maundy Thursday, 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 sacrament, you come to us in physical things, in words of promise, in actions celebrated together.  Remind us, through these gifts, of your presence in all of life.  Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God of reconciliation, your gifts point beyond themselves, to restored relationships and an enlivened world.  Give us your vision.  Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God of service, your gifts call us away from self-centredness, and call us to care for the people and world around us.  Strengthen our faith to believe that you have given us all we need to be your people, and to reach out.  Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God of community, your church is not the goal.  A restored creation is your goal.  Free us from small and fearful thinking, and help us live into your grand design.  Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God of healing, establish your reign in the lives of all who are ill, who are ignored, who are considered expendable, and enable us to move past the barriers we have constructed.  Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God of life, you are the core of all existence, you are the heart of all being.  Open us to life in all its wonder, so that, in the face of all that denies life, we may be faithful in our calling to follow Jesus.  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 Pentecost 9, July 17, 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 Mary and Martha, you welcome all, and invite us to do the same.  Free us from laying expectations on how others should respond.  God of our baptism,
May we respond to your call.

God of Mary and Martha, there are many ways of serving.  Free us from trying to control others.  God of our baptism,
May we respond to your call.

God of Mary and Martha, you give a universe of gifts to all people.  Enable us to be open to the gifts of others, even if they are not what we expect.  God of our baptism,
May we respond to your call.

God of Mary and Martha, you call us to engage with the people around us.  Set us free from our fear of difference.  Set us free to learn something new.  God of our baptism,
May we respond to your call.

God of Mary and Martha, as part of our service, you ask us to extend healing hands to all who are ill, who are cut off, who are excluded.  We offer our prayers for all who are in need, including [NAMES, AND] all those we name before you.
[Long pause]
God of our baptism,
May we respond to your call.

God of Mary and Martha, you liberate us by your grace, setting us free to serve.  Open us to the possibilities which surround us.  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, loving God, in the name of Jesus, who taught us to pray, Our Father in Heaven….

Prayers of the People for Pentecost 2 / Ordinary 10, June 7, 2015

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

[Short pause]

Welcoming God, you have claimed us as your people, the Church. Give us the courage to continue living into this holy identity. God of our baptism,
May our life be our prayer.

Gracious God, you reach into lives which, to all outward appearances, deny the possibility of your presence. Open our eyes to see your face in all we meet. God of our baptism,
May our life be our prayer.

Loving God, you promise your care and compassion wherever we go, wherever we are. Increase our faith to trust your promise, and use us to share that promise with all in any need, especially [NAMES, AND] those we name before you.
[Pause]
God of our baptism,
May our life be our prayer.

Engaging God, you call us to involvement in life, to connect with those who are different, to walk with those who are oppressed, to challenge those who abuse privilege. Take away our fear. God of our baptism,
May our life be our prayer.

Inspiring God, you embrace us in water, you feed us in bread and wine, you call to us in spoken word, you support us through family and friends. Remind us that these are not “ends,” but that they are only beginnings. God of our baptism,
May our life be our prayer.

Sending God, you have called us here, but you also call us out. Fill us with excitement at the prospect of serving your world. God of our baptism,
May our life be our prayer.

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

Prayers of the People for Pentecost Sunday, 2015

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

[Short pause]

God who calls us, you have claimed each of us by name. We are your cherished children, called to share your care and compassion in this world. Fill us with your life.
Come, Holy Spirit.

God who strengthens us, you build us up through your Word of promise, through your family meal, through our time together. Empower us to seek out opportunities for service. Fill us with your life.
Come, Holy Spirit.

God who leads us, you direct us into your future, where relationships are restored, pain is alleviated, hunger is eradicated, and poverty is unknown. In spite of the obstacles we create, guide us into living this future today. Fill us with your life.
Come, Holy Spirit.

God who accompanies us, you never leave us alone. Remind those in the midst of illness, injustice and suffering that you walk with them, especially [NAMES, AND] those we name before you.
[Long pause]
May we be part of that reminder. Fill us with your life.
Come, Holy Spirit.

God who sends us, your world cries out. Help us respond. Your people suffer. Show us what we can do. Your creation groans. We have work to do. Fill us with your life.
Come, Holy Spirit.

Do not only answer our prayers, loving God. Use us to answer the prayers of the world, in the name of Jesus.
Amen.

Prayers of the People for Maundy Thursday, 2015

Let us pray, in the name of our servant Saviour, Jesus the Christ, for the world God loves, the church God calls, and all who need a sign of love.

[Short pause]

God of the small, take our eyes away from the distractions of glitter and glamour, from the big and powerful. Show us where you come in our lives. Christ who serves us,
Make us more faithful servants.

God of the weak, Jesus put on a towel and became the lowest kind of servant. Help us follow where he leads. Christ who serves us,
Make us more faithful servants.

God of the voiceless, there are many in life whose cries are ignored – the poor, the homeless, the foreigners, the different, all victims of our pride, prejudice and fear. Help us pay attention. Christ who serves us,
Make us more faithful servants.

God of the powerless, you gave up what you had, in order to welcome us. Inspire us to do the same for those around us. Christ who serves us,
Make us more faithful servants.

God of the ill, you continue to come to those who are dying, who are incapable of healing themselves, who have lost hope. Show us how to share their space, not to provide easy answers, but to be companions on the journey. Christ who serves us,
Make us more faithful servants.

God of the church, God of this parish, strengthen our faith to embrace the small, admit our weakness, listen to the silent, join the powerless, hold the sick, and proclaim your presence through everything we do, through everything we are. Christ who serves us,
Make us more faithful servants.

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

Prayers for the Fifth Sunday After the Epiphany, 2015

Having been called into the light of Christ, and trusting the Spirit’s guidance in our journey, we offer our prayers for the world God loves, the church God calls, and all people in any need.

[Short pause]

Loving God, you set us free from what holds us back, and you call us toward what will set us free. Open our eyes to your presence on our journey. God of light,
Shine on us and through us.

Loving God, you set us free so that we can care. Strengthen us to take the next step on our journey. God of light,
Shine on us and through us.

Loving God, you free those who are oppressed, and call all who are oppressors to grow into a new way of being. Help us embrace justice as part of our journey. God of light,
Shine on us and through us.

Loving God, the healing you provide is more than freedom from pain; it declares your desire that all may participate in life. Enable us to share what you have given us with those with whom we journey. God of light,
Shine on us and through us.

Loving God, we pray for those who are on our minds and hearts – those close to us and those far away; those whom we love and those from whom we are estranged; those who share our perspective and those from whom we differ; those whom we name aloud, [INCLUDING NAMES], and those whom we name in our hearts.
[Long pause]
God of light,
Shine on us and through us.

Loving God, you call us to service, freedom and proclamation. Fire us to respond on every step of our journey. God of light,
Shine on us and through us.

We pray all this in the name of our light and our life, Jesus the Christ.
Amen.