Prayer of the people | November 23

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emake us, O Lord, with your deep and abiding love; when we stray, call us home; when we are filled with resentment, unsettle us by your mercy; as we experience forgiveness, convict us also of our own need to forgive.  Lord in your mercy,

Hear our prayer.

For the church in all of its forms throughout the world; for this community of saint benedict’s table, and for all the church communities from which we are drawn; for the community of the Sisters of the Church in Burlington, who this day have prayed for us; for the community of St John’s Abbey, and especially for Father Kilian.  Lord in your mercy,

Hear our prayer.

For a world, so torn by violence and crisis, yet still filled with beauty and wonder; for Palestine and Israel, Iran and Afghanistan, Uganda and Zimbabwe, and for all whose lives have been devastated by the fires in California; for those who continue to dream and work for peace.  Lord in your mercy,

Hear our prayer.

For those known to us who have needs; the sick and suffering, those who are alone or isolated; for Gerald in his continuing struggle with cancer, and for Inga in her recovery from a broken leg; for others known to this gathering (silence is kept).  For those named aloud; those recalled in the silence of our own thoughts; and especially for those who this night we have forgotten, Lord in your mercy,

Hear our prayer.

As the father did for the prodigal, grant us freedom from a shame that binds us in our lostness;

As the father did for his other son, challenge us with the truth of being lost and found, of being dead and raised to life;

Like the father, form us in your image as a people willing to run with laughter toward those who look to be reconciled with us; Lord in your mercy,

Hear our prayer.

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