Prayer of the people | November 9

We pray for the needs of the world, for the political struggles of Zimbabwe.  We pray for the children killed and those still trapped in the school which collapsed in Haiti.  We give thanks for the Canadian reporter freed after being held hostage in Afghanistan. We pray for the President Elect as he prepares to govern the United States.  Lord keep us mindful that we are not alone in this world.
Lord in your mercy…

Tonight we remember the families affected by the war in the Middle East, we remember those families left here in Canada left here to worry about their children, their spouses, their parents.  We remember those families in Afghanistan who also worry about what is happening to their country and their way of life.  Freedom is a powerful word that often has a huge cost attached to it.  Help us seek ways to nurture peace and minimize the devastation.
Lord in your mercy…

We pray this night for our church, for our national church, for the Diocese of Rupertʼs Land, and itʼs leadership.  We pray for saint benedict’s table and its leadership.  We give thanks for Jamie, Larry, Sharon and Lorne, give them wisdom to shape this ministry.  We pray for the Sisters of the Church who this day have prayed for us.  For Lola and Roger at the HOME project.  For Jenny and Conrad in England, and for all those who have been touched by this community and have moved on taking it with them.
Lord in your mercy…

Now that the winter has arrived with such force, we pray tonight for those who find themselves without a warm place to stay.  Their needs are so much more apparent in this cold, teach us to serve them, teach us to reach for them, teach us to love them.
Lord in your mercy…

When illness touches it can make one feel alone and afraid, when relationships are damaged one can feel alone and afraid, when death is close one can feel alone and afraid.  I invite the community to name those aloud who they know of who need comfort and courage… for those named aloud for those spoken in the silence of our heart and for those we have forgotten we ask…
Lord in your mercy…

Written by Helen Manfield for worship at
saint benedict’s table on November 9, 2008

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