Prayer of the people | October 5

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e call the community into a time of prayer.

Almighty and everlasting God, you are always more ready to hear than we are to pray, and to give more than we either desire or deserve: Pour upon us the abundance of your mercy, forgiving us those things of which our conscience is afraid, and giving us those good things for which we are not worthy to ask, except through the merits and mediation of Jesus Christ our Saviour;
Lord in your mercy…

Lord also, grant us the ability to trust you with all our heart, for, as you always resist the proud who confide in their own strength, so you never forsake those who make their boast in you and your mercy.
Lord in your mercy…

Because we are confident in the gracious and ever widening mercy of God, let us pray for the world, the body of Christ and all who yearn to walk in the path of righteousness.
Lord in your mercy…

God of seed time and harvest, all the fruit of your creation sings praise to you. Fulfill in us the desire to care for the environment, and preserve the land and all that you have made.
Lord in your mercy…

God of sky and soil, the fields of harvest ripen by your nurturing hand. Guide those whose hands labour in bringing the fruit of the earth to the tables of all who hunger.
Lord in your mercy…

God of fruit and vine, the nations of the world are broken by terror and hostility within and without. Graciously tend to them and their leaders, and guide the feet of all into the ways of peace.  Do not remove the hedge and wall of protection from around your people; tend and protect all who live in places of injustice and violence.
Lord in your mercy…

God of bread and wine, the body of Christ your Son still suffers in the world. Where we are unfaithful, restore us. Where we are broken, repair us. Where we are divided, unify us.

We also 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…

God of flesh and bone, your children are burdened by sorrow and disease. Please heal our pain and suffering, assure us of your presence, and equip us to embrace all whose bodies ache for wholeness.

Lord, 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…

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…

God of resurrection and life, your people of every time and place bless and magnify your holy name. With all the hosts of heaven strengthen us to lift our hands and voices in praise of you, pressing on in faith, hope, and love. Listen to us when we call upon you, Lord, and grant us grace to entrust our lives and our world to your unfailing love. Watch over your people with providence and grace, O God, and be a strong watchtower to keep us safe, that we may join in the work of your Son to restore that which the locusts have stolen and to bring peace to a violent and divided world, through the power of your Holy Spirit.
Amen

Written by Lorne Penner for worship at
saint benedict’s table on October 5, 2008

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