Prayer of the people | February 22

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ather, we come to you in prayer this evening cognizant of all the elements that make community work.  We have vision, we have capacity, we have energy and we have hope.  As we heard in tonight’s lesson – “you will not leave us”  so our contractual commitment to you continues.  We ask your discernment and direction to those assuming leadership roles.  For the people choosing baptism or renewal of their baptismal vows, we ask that they find answers to their queries, trust in their decisions and confidence in their life with Christ.
Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

O God, we thank you for this community that moves to a rhythm of prayer, work, hospitality, learning, feasting and fasting. For the balance, boundaries and accountability that govern our dance, we invite you to continually be our guide, our compass, our anchor, our refuge.  Globally, we pray for countries steered by repression and repulsion; leaders who compete rather than compel; and citizens fatigued by the endless dread of the darkness of war.  Nationally, we remain optimistic for the working friendship forged between President Obama and Prime Minister Harper.  We ask for economic compatibility and leadership; commitment to resolving North American involvement in Iraq, and a solid alliance during this time of uncertainty.  Locally, may we continue to take care of the green spaces entrusted to our care by consideration in our daily commute, product purchases and resource use.
Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

At this time, we are called to pray for those in need.  We remember Gerald Folkerts, David Northcott, Lola and Roger and the Home Uganda Project and the Sisters of the Church in Burlington.  For the recipients of Agape Table and other soup kitchens and food banks, we ask for ongoing ability to meet this social need and better yet, the vision, energy and hope to see balance and ‘self-sufficiency’ in all society.  Please take a moment to mention any names of people needing prayers at this time.
Lord, what we have not, give us; what we know not, teach us; what we see not, show us and what we are not, make us.
Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We are approaching the time in our service where we will surround your table.  This feast shows us how to re-member what has been dis-membered by human attempts to separate and divide, judge and cast out, select and punish.  May our table continue to be one of sharing food where we are brought into the ongoing work of making creation whole.  We are reminded that you cast no one out, you turn no one away, you welcome us with your holy embrace.
Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

As our liturgical calendar moves closer to the 40-day journey of Lent, may we each take time in the days and weeks ahead to quiet ourselves; to be open to that time apart, the wilderness; to invite literature, music, nature, or conversations as mediums to you. Be still and know that I am God; be still and know that I am; be still and know; be still.

Amen.

Written by Nancy Constantine for worship at
saint benedict’s table on February 22, 2009.

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