Prayer of the people | December 28

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e call the community into a time of prayer.

Lord you are with us, You knit us together in mutual love and caring.  You pour out abundant gifts that enrich our existence and challenge us to give our best.  Let the words of our mouth proclaim the dawn of redemption that Christ inaugurates.  Let the actions that arise from our hearts and minds spread abroad the good news of his reconciling love.   Plant in every heart the love of Him who is the Saviour of the world, our Lord Jesus Christ; and with that love burning, make this world of ours a world of hope and promise – for all peoples, and for all times.

Lord in your mercy…

O God our Saviour grant that the light of Christ’s forgiveness shine forth to all those whose eyes are still shut and whose hearts are still unrepentant, turn them away from all false gods. By your word of law lead people to a place of openness so that by your word of gospel they may reach out to the God who came to break sin’s dreadful curse and restore relationship with you.

Lord in your mercy…

We ask your gentle care in those war-torn areas of our world. We pray for the uprooted, the refugees, the hungry, the children and all those innocents who have found themselves in the wrong place at a very wrong time. Be with our armed forces as they daily are in danger. Be with our world leaders and cause them to become true men of state. Bend low your presence to all of the suffering and provide them with courage and a renewed hope for a better life.

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 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…

Lord, we celebrate the coming of the light of the world; we have prayed for that light to enter our lives and our world. Yet, there have been times when we have obscured the light for others through insensitivity and prejudice, through the use of careless and hurtful words or selfish and destructive actions.  Lord Jesus, come and be light for our darkness and empower us with your Spirit to be faithful bearers of your light into all the shadowy and clouded areas of people’s lives.

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 for.

Lord in your mercy…

For we did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but rather we have received the spirit of sonship.  So when we cry Abba ! Father! It is the spirit of God himself bearing witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ…

Amen.

Written by Lorne Penner for worship at
saint benedict’s table on December 28, 2008.

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