Prayer of the people | September 7

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e call the community into a time of prayer.

God, another Sunday has come, and once again we meet with you and each other; as people who bear your image and your name. We seek to be renewed and fed in heart and soul. Here, in this place, we remember the old stories of the faith. Here, in this place, we hear again how you have been present and active in the world. During this time together, open our eyes, hearts and minds to your presence and your possibilities, and send us out as people of hope, ready to face the future. Remind us that amongst the busy-ness of the present we need to be mindful of the past and the future as well. Help us to be people of memory and of hope.
Lord in your mercy…

Deliver us from hardship and violence Lord, and from hardness of heart and from contempt of your love and your promises. When we have turned away from your love, o God forgive and heal us. When we stumble in the darkness, o light of the world transfigure us. When we forget that we are your home, o Spirit of God dwell in us.
Lord in your mercy…

For this community saint benedict’s table, may we be an encouragement and a support to one another as together we are all at this moment being shaped by You to be better children of your kingdom. Remind us who we are and who we belong to and that we are in your hands. Remind us that we bear the label “child of God” and may this label be that which shapes our life. Remind us that today, yesterday and tomorrow and whatever age the future brings in this world or the next, there is nothing that can sever that relationship you have established with us through your son.
Lord in your mercy…

We pray for the needs of Christ’s church in all of its forms throughout the world. We pray for this community saint benedict’s table and for the churches from which we are drawn and for the many ways it finds expression; through art and music, community service and dialogue and the ongoing study of your word. At this time we also pray for the the community of the Sisters of the Church in Burlington who this day have prayed for us. And for Lola and Roger in Uganda, bless their new marriage and as they further their “home” ministry there. We also pray especially for Agape Table, please bless their efforts as they serve the many who are hungry, every day.
Lord in your mercy…

We pray for the many needs of the world; for those places torn by war and violence, for the vulnerable, for refugees and the homeless, the unemployed and the hungry, and all those who are desolate and oppressed.
Lord in your mercy…

We pray for the needs of those known to us; for those who are sick or suffering, alone or isolated, or who have other needs and challenges. We offer those names aloud to you now Lord…

For these named aloud, and those spoken in the silence of our hearts, and even for those for whom we have forgotten to pray.

Lord in your mercy…

O God of unchangeable power and eternal light: look favourably on your whole Church, that wonderful and sacred mystery; by the effectual working of your providence, carry out in tranquility the plan of salvation; let the whole world see and know that things which were cast down are being raised up, and things which had grown old are being made new, and that all things are being brought to their perfection by him through whom all things were made, your Son Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen

Written by Lorne Penner for worship at
saint benedict’s table on September 7, 2008

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