Prayer of the people | December 7

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reator our God we ask that our church be a place led by leaders who set the tone and challenge of the season.  We ask that the spirit of peace, hope, love and joy fill the lives of our Bishops, Priests, Deacons and the heads of ministries throughout their communities.  May the whole church work in cooperation with all its members to meet the needs of their surrounding communities, the larger church and all peoples of our world. Lord in your mercy.

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Creator Our God we ask that during this period of Advent, as we wait for Christmas, that it be a time of listening to the stirring of your love in our hearts, that it be a time of movement so we can reconcile with people and ourselves by forgiving.  Also we call to mind the marginalized in our city as well as all over this earth,  so we may live out your Advent spirit by preparing for Christ’s arrival by acting as vessels of his love in a hurting world. Lord in your mercy.

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Creator Our God we pray for all those who experience a greater sense of loss of their deceased loved ones this season.  Often they are flooded with memories that bring joy and great sorrow.  We call on your healing love through this community to minister to the bereaved so they can find comfort in God’s promise so they know they are not alone.  May they be led through their mourning by Christ our loving shepherd. Lord in your mercy.

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Creator Our God this week we remember the 14 violent shooting deaths of the women at École Polytechnique in Montreal on December 6th, 1989.  In this remembrance we ask you to guide us to continue to work, as a society, towards the eradication of violence against women, through education and an increase of programs and support groups for women and men.  Also we pray for the courage to support women in countries where they are legally denied protection from their abusers. Lord in your mercy.

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Creator Our God, we pray for the whole world throughout this economic crisis.  Especially we keep in mind the thousands laid off in the manufacturing sector in Ontario, and those individuals and companies affected by the mortgage crisis.  May the leaders around the world keep in mind the poorest of their populations when discerning what programs they need to cut, keep and create for a healthy economy. Lord in your mercy.

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Creator Our God Advent reminds us that we, like St. Nicholas, should seek out those challenged economically who are one step away from hopelessness;  as a church today are called to do the same.  We share our gifts motivated by Christ’s love and we ask for God’s blessing and support for the ministry for youth in Uganda, the work and prayers of the Sisters in Burlington, the sharing of food and friendship at Agape Table at All Saints and all the volunteer work that the members of saint benedict’s table do in the city of Winnipeg. Lord in your mercy.

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Let us now take a moment to speak the names of those we hold in our hearts at this time…
For all those named and spoken, unspoken and those we may have forgotten, we ask you God to take our prayers in your loving arms for we trust in you that it is your will that is to be done. Lord in your mercy.

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Amen.

Written by Helen Mikolajewski for worship at saint benedict’s table on December 7, 2008

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