Prayer of the people | January 25

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et us call the community to a time of prayer: God our creator, you have called all of us to form your church.  This call is a great responsibility for everyone involved.  Among us some are called to leadership in various roles may we remember them in our daily prayers and may all Bishops, Priests, Deacons, heads of ministries and all people seek to hear and act upon what you have called them to do, focusing on Christ’s example of service, and compassion for all.
Lord in your mercy…

God our creator we are all called by you serve you and share the gifts you have given us with the world.  Throughout this world there are those connected to this community who have answered your call.  We now pray for Lola in Uganda, may she and all those in her community continue to follow Christ’s call to meet the needs of the young people with compassionate hearts.  We pray for the sisters in Burlington, may they continue to pray with hope and support all those who seek their guidance and support.   We pray for Agape Table that for the time they run their program that people are nourished and know they are welcomed with open hearts.  Finally we now pray for all those here involved in any activity that ministers to those in need throughout this city.
Lord in your mercy…

God our creator we pray for the friends and families of those attacked in Belgium. When we hear of such violence without reason we seek your face, help us to understand ourselves and our own city as it seeks to understand the roots of violence in all its forms which include neglect, passive aggressive behavior, gossip, slander, bullying, mental abuse and all forms of physical attack meant do harm to our neighbour out of our own fears.  For it is out of our desire to protect our own egos that we choose to react to our anger in a destructive instead of a constructive way.  With your strength Lord was can heal, and choose to build up this world with your love.
Lord in your mercy…

God our creator, when we hear of dismal economic predictions, people we know losing their jobs, houses or investments, help us to focus on you and share our uncertainty with our communities.  May we continue to pray for those who suffer the most at these times, those without a political voice and pray that those in despair are supported and find hope from programs and people in their lives.
Lord in your mercy…

God our creator there is always someone we know who has hurt us or others and we may feel they do not deserve your grace.  Let us remember at any point anyone can accept your love and choose life no matter what their past. Let us remember each of us here has turned away from you and you have graciously greeted us with open arms.  May we never feel so bad that we do not think we or anyone else are not worthy of your love and acceptance.
Lord in your mercy…

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

Creator God we lift up to you all those here and those friends and family members we hold close to our heart and ask that you may use us to walk with them and be vessel of your love.   For we offer to you now those in mourning, those who are sick, those who have lost their jobs, those spiritually wounded, those suffering emotionally, those who are dying, those who are alone, those who are hungry and those without shelter. Use us God for we are lonely without serving you.
Lord in your mercy…

Amen.

Written by Helen Mikolajewski for worship at
saint benedict’s table on January 25, 2009.

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