Prayer of the people | January 4

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s a community of believers gathered from many areas of the city, here to join in worship together, we bring our grief and our hopes confident that God will hear us. Images of the continued violence in Gaza fill our screens and our newspapers.  The idea of peace in that place seems so remote and improbable; our prayers feel so futile, but it is all we have.  So as we begin this new year we hold many hopes for the future and we lift those frightened families to you.  Those convinced that fighting is the only way to solve this, we pray for them to find another way.

Lord in your mercy…

We pray tonight for our fellow believers, all who are the various parts of the body. For those who call you Allah, for those who call you God, for those who know you as Spirit, for those who cannot speak your name and for those who do not know what to call you. We are all members of the body, each valuable, each necessary, all are yours.  We ask you to heal our church, help us to know how to work and live together as we follow you.

Lord in your mercy…

Tonight we pray for each of our families, the brokenness within, the fragility of its bonds.  We are often woven together with those whom we would not chose, and are affected by choices we would not have made.  This year help us to forgive others and ourselves, holding lightly to expectations.  Bring healing to the disturbances we leave at home.

Lord in your mercy…

We pray tonight for this community gathered and those connected here.  We remember the Sisters of the Church who have prayed for us today.  Bless them in their ministry.  We pray for the finances of the HOME project, for Lola and Roger and the baby she carries; we pray for the two new boys who join the family this month.  We pray for Jamie, John, Larry, Lorne and Sharon as they offer leadership, direction and discernment to this ministry.  Teach us how to support and pray for them.

Lord in your mercy…

Many of us know of others who are sick with illness and disease.  In their discomfort and pain, we ask that you be comfort and relief.  Many of us know of others who are lonely and tired, we ask that you be peace for them, and yet others whose lives seem hopeless and empty.  We ask that you shine hope and warmth into each one.  Please name aloud those known to us…
… For those mentioned aloud, in the quiet of our minds and for those for whom we have forgotten.

Lord in your mercy…

Amen.

Written by Helen Manfield for worship at
saint benedict’s table on January 4, 2009.

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