Prayer of the people | November 16

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ather, we come to worship on this Remembrance Week in quietness and stillness.  We remember the soldiers from WW1, WW2, the Korean and Vietnam Wars and for present-day combatants.  May our minds not so much focus on the utility or futility of war, rather on those who lost their lives – in whatever capacity – to ensure our peace.  Help us to keep the memory of their achievements and sacrifices alive.
Lord in your mercy…

This evening, the New Testament lesson challenges our use of the resources entrusted in our care.  We hope some relief and resolve is channeled following the G20 Summit but regardless, may we explore how the change in economy can reshape our worldview… to use less, give more; drive less, walk more.  May we join the dance of reciprocity that is fair, equitable and sustainable.  Create in us a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within us.
Lord in your mercy…

Globally we pray that fires be extinguished in southern California, for unsettling weather patterns and the constant enemy of war.  We celebrate the safe release of Melissa Fung and applaud her tenacity and indelible spirit to live.  We pray for the release of other captives, namely freelancer Khadya Abdul Quhaar formerly known as Brenda Giesbrecht, we pray for orphan babies in refugee camps, and for regimes lacking basic food and healthcare.  We bring before you these and other situations where hatred and greed seem rampant – illuminate the darkness where peace and hope seem futile, penetrate the powers of captors and leaders and bring us to a climate of rest and peace.
Lord in your mercy…

We remember the Sisters of the Church in Burlington, Lola and Roger’s Home Uganda Project, and for homeless people that face a harsh reality as the season changes.  Thank you for the passion and compassion of Christ that shines through the people that run Agape Table, Siloam Mission and other shelters and tables throughout Winnipeg.  At this time, we pray for those among us and around us needing prayer – those with any dis-ease of body, mind or spirit, those experiencing the heartbreak of loss whatever that loss looks like, for those facing serious financial and lifestyle changes.  We ask your perpetual light to shine on those who have died and your tender hand of mercy upon those who grieve.  We remember a light gone out in my community in Jacquie Black and we remember the service and eclectic life of Anne Peeling.  Please take this moment to mention out loud or in silence those needing prayers…
Lord, what we have not, give us; what we know not, teach us; and what we are not; make us.
Lord in your mercy…

As we approach the time in our service where we share a meal, thank you that you invite us to eat and drink at no cost.  For the inclusive circle of the sacrament and for all the tables we surround, full us and fulfill us, O God.  As we move into another week, make us open to the unexpected and move us out of our comfort zones to restlessness and vision.
Lord in your mercy…

They shall grow not old as we that are left grow old
Age shall not weary them nor the years condemn
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them

Amen

Written by Nancy Constantine for worship at
saint benedict’s table on November 16, 2008

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