Prayer of the people | February 1

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e gather tonight knowing that there are many places around the world where silence, stillness and peace are not to be found.  We pray for the Gaza Strip and against the odds, hope that the truce will hold after todayʼs skirmish.  We pray for grace as Israeli, Palestinian and Egyptian leaders work towards a swift resolution.  We pray for the 60,000 people who have been infected with cholera in Zimbabwe because of unsafe water; remind us of our blessings next time we turn on the tap.
We cry out to you…

Our earth groans under the harsh handling of humanity, this is evident in Australia where record temperatures have ignited fires that destroyed homes and land, killing many.  This is evident in marine life where acidity and rising sea temperatures are affecting fragile ecosystems.  Pollution is said to be the cause of so many birth defects in China.  The earth is one of your greatest gifts to us, teach us how to look after it, care for it better and repair the damage we have done.
We cry out to you…

Tonight we pray for our church, we give thanks for Partiarch Kirill the newly appointed leader of the Russian Orthodox Church, guide him in his leadership there.  We pray for Rowan Williams as the leader of the Anglican Church in England and through out the world.  We pray for Pope Benedict 16th as he leads the Roman Catholic church.  For Fred Hiltz as he leads the Anglican Church of Canada, and for Don Phillips in his leadership of this Diocese.  We pray that it is your word which inspires them, feeds them and guides them.
We cry out to you…

We bring before you tonight our city of Winnipeg, for the many areas of this city we call home, we pray for those who cannot call anywhere home and so wander.  We pray for those who give their time to agencies who serve these people. We pray for the guests at Agape Table, and offer our gift of fresh fruit to remind us that many are hungry.
We cry out to you…

Tonight we pray for those who are connected to this community, we remember Lola and Roger and the boys who live with them.  We remember the Sisters of the Church in Burlington who have prayed for us.  We pray for Pierre and Daniel working to provide healthcare in Haiti.  We pray for Gerald Folkerts, and give thanks for the time given to him as he was able to be part of the art show this past weekend.  This community has been blessed with people who are so alive to your leading.  Their passion for following is an inspiration to many.
We cry out to you…

Our body, our mind and our spirit are what connects us to you in this life. Keeping these balanced and healthy is often not in our control.  Many are known to us who need healing.  We name them aloud…  bring balance to those named aloud, bring balance to those we could not bring ourselves to speak, and bring balance to those we have forgotten.
We cry out to you…

Amen.

Written by Helen Manfield for worship at
saint benedict’s table on February 1, 2009.

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