Prayer of the People March 8

Almight God you have called us to focus on opening ourselves to those around us and meet their needs the best we can.  This week a stranger walked in the doors of Shalom mission and gave a gift of $40, 000 to meet the needs of people he does not know. God may we listen to your call and seek how we can give of time, love, compassion, support, resources in whatever measure you decide.  Also, in this spirit we pray for the sick, the unemployed, those challenged by physical disabilities and emotional trauma. We pray for those in hospital, especially for Steve Campbell’s friend who was in a serious accident, may he have a speedy recovery and be surround and supported by family and friends.

Lord in your Mercy,

Hear our Prayer

God we are now in the midst of our Lenten journey and for many, our brokenness has become apparent.  Mar we remember our brokenness is an opportunity to recognize choices that led us away from you but those choices that led to our sins do not mark us, we are forgiven and not matter what you arms are open, and our brokenness connects us to all of humanity including your son who walked among us and understands our struggles.  May we know we do not stand alone in our painful journeys but stand together as community under Jesus Christ your only and true son.Lord in your Mercy,

Hear our Prayer

God we as church gather together seeking opportunities to serve not matter what the risks are.  We take now the time to remember a few of the many church ministries that St. Ben’s is connected with.  For Lola and Roger in Uganda may they continue to be blessed with Christ’s love which they share the orphans in their care.  We remember the sisters in Burlington may they continue to be showered with the gift of hospitality and wisdom for those seeking their intercession, and a place to retreat to.  Let us remember Agape table that it continues to feed the many who come to their door for food, and community.  Finally we pray for all those here who are volunteering their time and resources to the numerous agencies throughout Manitoba.

Lord in your Mercy,

Hear our Prayer

God today we celebrate International Woman’s Day, we ask you to continue to bless all those with courage and wisdom who continue to work towards making the world safe for women to live  healthy and productive lives.

Lord in your Mercy,

Hear our Prayer

God instances of violence occur across our World, we ask for your gift of peace within nations in cases of civil war, terrorist attacks, boarder disputes, and attempts at genocide.  May all those involved find healing and some way find hope despite the destruction.  Also we find our own city in the midst of gang violence and increasing assaults, lead us in how we can work together towards healing the brokenness of so many of our population.  May we seek your wisdom in applying preventative programming and multi supports to heal our land.

Lord in your Mercy,

Hear our Prayer

God you are with all those involved in your Church and we especially ask for your blessing on the leadership.  We know the Bishops, Priests, and Deacons, are called to make decisions daily and we ask they are humble of heart, wise when resolving conflict, and know when they need support themselves and seek self care, and time to connect to your love and beauty.

Lord in your Mercy,

Hear our Prayer

We also pray for the many activities taking place in this church.  May the Wednesday evening talks inspire, may the retreat at Camp Cedarwood bring us together at community, may hear the silence continue to heal our brokenness and celebrate your love, and may all those who coordinate the numerous activities be blessed with energy and volunteers.

Lord in your Mercy,

Hear our Prayer

Let us now take a moment to speak the names of those we hold in our hearts at this time.__________________

For all those spoken, unspoken, and those we may have forgotten, we ask you God to take our prayers and may it be your will that is to be done.

Lord in your Mercy,

Hear our Prayer

God we now remember those who have died and those who mourn the absence the deceased in their lives.  May they find comfort in support from friends and family.  May all of us who are friends or family of the bereaved seek your compassion and your gift of listening so we can companion them on their journey.

Lord in your Mercy,

Hear our Prayer

Amen.

Written by Helen Mikolajewski for offering in worship, the Second Sunday in Lent, March 8, 2009.

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