Prayer of the people | March 15

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onight we live in a relatively peaceful city, we will sleep relatively soundly in our beds, tomorrow will bring a relatively mundane and ordinary day.  We know that this is not the reality for millions around the world.  Their reality is war, violence, anxiety and struggle.  Some have never experienced life without these things.  Some will close their eyes tonight filled with fear.  Fear of death, fear of rape, fear of what tomorrow might bring.  Re-sensitise us to this injustice, cause in us the desire to demand its change and use us to speak truth and hope.
In song we cry out to you…

As ridiculous as it sounds we pray for peace.  Peace in the countries of Pakistan, Iraq, Israel, Afghanistan, India, Thailand and America, and in the many many places that have not reached media attention this week.  We pray for peace in the hearts of families whose lives have been devastated by the actions of another.  For the families of the shooting victims in Germany.  For families in Northern Ireland where terror is raising is ugly head again.  In defiance we pray for peace, we pray for peace, we pray for peace and we pray for peace.
We cry out to you…

We pray for our church.  We pray for your church.  We delight in the many expressions you have given it.  As Anglicans we stand in a long tradition that has centuries of faithful followers as examples for us.  Its richness and depth afford us resources that speak truth.  As this congregation seeks after you in new and old ways, allow these saints to guide us, feed us and lead us.
We cry out to you…

We pray this night for those who have been touched by this community and who take a piece of it with them.  We remember the work being done in Uganda, Haiti, the Arctic North and right here at Agape Table.  We give thanks for the prayer support for the Sisters of the Church, and offer a prayer for the faithfulness and support of their call.
We cry out to you…

Every day brings trouble enough, every week, every year.  Tonight we mark and remember the anniversary of the death of Terry Berg, a treasured member of this community.  We remember the death of Adam Penner, also connected to this community.  Both of their families have struggled to make sense of their lives this year without that piece in it.  There are many who have had to figure out how to live under the dark shadow of death.  Grief shapes us; teach us not to dismiss it too lightly.  We take a moment to name aloud those known to us who are being shaped right now, we mention those whose body is failing, whose mind is not their own, and whose spirit is restless; we name them aloud….
For those uttered aloud, those maintained in the secret of our hearts and for those who have slipped our minds…
We cry out to you…

Amen.

Written by Helen Manfield for offering in worship, the third Sunday in Lent, March 15, 2009.

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