Prayer of the people | September 21

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et us call the community to a time of prayer:

Creator Our God it is you we turn to as we ask for the spirit of love, wisdom and compassion for it is what defines us as church.  May all those at every level of the organized church bishops, priests, deacons, heads of ministries and the people seek to work together in peace, and be providers of care, compassion and action that meets the needs of their communities and the larger church.
Lord in your mercy…

Creator Our God we are all called to serve you with open hearts and use all of our gifts so many can experience Christ’s love.  May all those involved with Lola’s Ugandan ministry be blessed with hope, love and courage;  may the sisters in Burlington be blessed with an ongoing spirit of hospitality, prayer and compassion;  may all of those involved with Agape Table at All Saints be blessed with the spirit of acceptance, encouragement and resources to feed the many hungry; finally may all of us here wherever we serve you throughout the city of Winnipeg, do it in the name of God’s glory and Christ’s peace.
Lord in your mercy…

Creator Our God throughout our lives many things happen which are hard to accept. We wonder if you are present, we do not think we will find what we need to get us through.  For some it is money for their basic needs, others difficult relationships where they find it hard forgive.   Many of us have experienced unhealthy workplaces, painful memories, addictions, losses of loved ones, overall at times difficulties that seem never to end.  We wonder if the manna will ever come from the sky.  Help us to seek you out, trust the pain is not forever and that you are God and nothing separates us from you.
Lord in your mercy…

Creator Our God, the world is going through economic instability, many may lose their homes, savings for their education or retirement funds.  We worry due to increased costs to heat our homes, buy groceries, purchase gas and the list goes on.
We remember farmers that due to weather have lost their crops and their income for the year.
Grant us the courage to trust in you in these unstable times and seek out those we can help whose resources are limited.
Lord in your mercy…

Creator Our God today we remember sorrow felt by women, their partners and families when they have experienced a miscarriage.  May they find support among their friends and family, and a way to grieve and mourn the lost dreams, expectation, love that they have for their unborn child.  May they know and sense their child is held by God.
Lord in your mercy…

Let us now take a moment to speak the names of those we hold in our hearts at this time.

For all those named and spoken, unspoken, and those we may have forgotten we ask you God to take our prayers and may it be your will that is to be done.
Lord in your mercy…

Creator God we lift up to you those who have died, those who mourn the dead, and we ask that we are given the strength and compassion to walk with those on their journey through grief and mourning.
Lord in your mercy…

Written by Helen Mikolajewski for worship at saint benedict’s table on September 21, 2008

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