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Prayer of the People for the Fourth Sunday after Pentecost, July 2, 2017

Filled with promise, empowered by love, and inspired by hope, we offer our prayers for the world, the church, and all in any need.

[Short pause]

God of creation, for our planet home, and for the resources it provides, we offer our thanks.  For the abuse of this good gift which we perpetuate, we ask forgiveness.  For the wisdom and courage to change direction, we ask your guidance and strength.  God of justice,
Hear our prayer.

God of the nations, for the
Aboriginal people of this LAND/AREA/REGION,
OR
NAME OF THE LOCAL ABORIGINAL PEOPLE of this LAND/AREA/REGION,
(e.g. Mi’kmaq people, first to inhabit this unceded and unsurrendered territory);
for their continuing presence among us, and for their witness to another way of being in the world, we give thanks.  For the oppression and continuing neglect of them to which your church has been party, we ask forgiveness.  For an increased desire and ability to work for right relationships between all people, we ask your inspiration.  God of justice,
Hear our prayer.

God of this nation, for 150 years of struggle, for immigrants from everywhere who have enriched this mosaic country, for the Parliamentary system of government which gives us a voice, we give thanks.  For the abuse of power which comes so easily to all of us, for self-serving priorities which demand that others make the sacrifices, and for turning a blind eye to thousands of years of history which came before Canada, we ask forgiveness.  For the willingness to examine ourselves, and for the openness to welcome other voices, we ask for your grace.  God of justice,
Hear our prayer.

God of the poor, for the resilience you give to single parents who continue to get up in the morning, for the hope that miraculously springs from the dry ground of chronic unemployment, and for the determination to make a difference that you inspire in the most unlikely corners, we give thanks.  For our acceptance of the status quo, and our avoidance of hard questions and difficult answers, we ask forgiveness.  That we may embrace the discomfort of giving up our privilege for the sake of each other, we ask for increased faith.  God of justice,
Hear our prayer.

God of the church, for the promise of your good intentions for this good creation, for the story of your oppressed people freed by your outstretched hand, for the coming of Jesus who lived your presence in the midst of an occupied and exploited nation, we give you thanks.  Acknowledging that we have too often sided with the rich and powerful for our own benefit, regardless of the cost to those we are sent to serve, we ask forgiveness.  That we may cling to your promise that repentance is possible, we ask your help.  God of justice,
Hear our prayer.

God of our days, we give thanks for your presence among us.  Open our ears to hear your call, open our hearts to love more fully, and open our hands to share the abundance of your gifts.  Keep us on the path toward the world you envision.  We pray all this in the name of Jesus, the Christ.
Amen.

Prayers for All Saints Sunday, November 2, 2014

The Holy Spirit has made us God’s people through our baptism into Christ. Therefore we offer our concerns for the world God loves, the church God calls, and all people according to their needs.

[Short pause]

God of love, we give you thanks for the people who have touched us with your love. Use us to do the same for the people around us. With all God’s people, we pray,
Hear us, loving God.

God of love, we give thanks for your Good News, which breaks barriers, restores relationships, and offers hope in the dark places of life. Inspire us to do the same for the people around us. With all God’s people, we pray,
Hear us, loving God.

God of love, we give thanks for all people of good will, who surprise us with their compassion and care. Open our eyes to see you working through the people around us. With all God’s people, we pray,
Hear us, loving God.

God of love, we give thanks for your promise to be with us always. Enable us to trust you so much that we share your promise with the people around us. With all God’s people, we pray,
Hear us, loving God.

God of love, we give thanks for those who have loved us, those whom we have loved, those who have died in you. Today we especially remember
[NAMES].
Comfort us in our sorrow, so that we may offer comfort to the hurting people around us. With all God’s people, we pray,
Hear us, loving God.

God of love, we give thanks that you walk with us through all of our valleys. Fill us with the assurance of your presence, that we may be your healing hands for the sick and hurting people around us, especially those whom we name before you now.
[Long pause]
With all God’s people, we pray,
Hear us, loving God.

We offer all these prayers, as well as the silent yearnings of our hearts, to you loving God, in the name of Jesus the Christ.
Amen.

Prayers of the People for All Saints Sunday

We pray with all the people of God throughout the ages, saying, “We pray in hope,” and responding, “Make all things new.”

[Pause]

In thanks for all who have walked the earth before us, who received God’s blessings with thanks, and who guided us along the way, we pray in hope,
Make all things new.

In thanks for all who walk through life with us today, who share their gratitude and remind us of the source of all good, we pray in hope,
Make all things new.

In thanks for those who have died in faith, who pointed us to the grace which surrounds us, and whom we remember today, especially [names of those who have died in the faith in the last year, and other individuals may be named as well], we pray in hope,
Make all things new.

In thanks for the promise that all the earth will be renewed, and for those who remind us of our responsibility toward those who will come after us, we pray in hope,
Make all things new.

In thanks for your promise that you abandon no one: not the orphan, not the abused, not the addict, not the sick, nor those we name before you.  [Long pause]  We pray in hope,
Make all things new.

In thanks for those who spend their lives making peace, bringing reconciliation, and providing hope, and praying that we would be numbered among them, we pray in hope,
Make all things new.

We offer these spoken prayers, our silent prayers, and the prayers for which we have no words, to you, loving God, in the name of our brother Jesus.
Amen.