Prayer of the people | March 22

“Those that do what is true come to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that their deeds have been done in God”.

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ather, we have heard the words of the lessons this evening and just as we are all unique and individual, we all receive unique and individual direction from you. We are invited to be born again; to follow Jesus; to sin no more; to ultimately surrender into the presence of the transforming God. O Father, we are up to the task – however and how profoundly you intersect our lives.
May we observe silence in these thoughts…

God, our pilgrimage through darkness and discernment continues as we take our steps towards that pole, the cross. May we leave outside this place our plans for tomorrow and our memories of yesterday as we live fully and completely in the wonder of your present moment.
May we observe silence in these thoughts…

As the earth warms with longer days and stronger sunlight, we ask for safety from flood waters both here and with our U.S. neighbours. In unsettled political regions, we ask that your holy peace transform egos and personalities in positions of power that would invite dialogue, mediation and understanding. May arms be outstretched to embrace rather than lifted up in war. We ask for the commitment to become partners in the global community in the advancement of peace as well as sustaining and preserving the earth. As we anticipate life without war, we remember four soldiers killed in Afghanistan on Friday: Trooper Corey Hayes, Master Cpl Scott Vernilli, Cpl Tyler Crooks and Trooper Jack Bouthillier. Short days ago we lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, loved and were loved and now we lie. We will remember.
May we observe silence in these thoughts…

We acknowledge you for being present, participating in and being attentive to the darkness and displacement in our lives. We remember Canadian bus crash victims in Mexico and Argentina as well as victims of the helicopter tragedy in Newfoundland. We pray for needs of our country and city and for those among us and beyond our circle needing prayers; we ask that their names be voiced at this time…
We remember the lives and memories of Terry Berg and Adam Penner…
Lord, what we know not, teach us; what we have not, give us; what we see not, show us; and what we are not, make us.
May we observe silence in these thoughts…

Father, we thank you for our opportunities at saint benedict’s table to observe a Holy Lent – for the Wednesday evening meetings, for yesterday’s quiet day, for fasting, prayer and repentance. As we move from table to table, may we learn balance and boundaries while remaining anchored and accountable. Enable us to contemplate the mystery of our redemption heightened by new awareness of the gift of our baptism.
May we observe silence in these thoughts…

Our service continues as we surround the Eucharistic table. Thank you for that open, inclusive invitation to eat and drink at no cost. As our wilderness walk continues, make us open to the unexpected, move us out of our comfort zones to restlessness and vision, and remind us we are called to live out the life of a transformed and alternative people.

Amen.

Written by Nancy Constantine for offering in worship, the fourth Sunday in Lent, March 22, 2009.

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