Prayer of the people | April 12

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call the community into a time of prayer.

As this morning announces the most unimaginable gift of grace and love through the resurrection of your son, the first fruit of all of humanity, we can do nothing but thank and praise you. We cannot earn, we cannot buy, we cannot persuade, all we are capable of is accepting. Our gratitude and songs of adoration are brought to you in broken vessels, we ask you to receive all that we bring.
Lord in your mercy…

The resurrection of Jesus was needed to bring the world back into right relationship with you. Our planet needs you, our water needs you, our air needs you, your children need you. Through his life Jesus taught us how to live with respect for each other and the world around us. Help us to listen, hear, understand and act on those words. Around the world tonight there are far too many people who do not know the joy of your gift. They are distracted with the business of survival: war, famine, disease, steals joy. We pray that just for a moment, your joy can be felt in their lives.
Lord in your mercy…

Our Church exists because of today, yet again we have taken this gift and abused it, broken it, disrupted it. We believe we are so certain in our brand, that we are threatened by others. Teach us not to cling to what we think we know, but be available to be taught something fresh. We pray for our leaders in the church, for the lay ministers who give so much, for our clergy, our bishop and our primate. May you lead the way, and show us how to follow.
Lord in your mercy…

We pray this day for Winnipeg, as we have longed for warmer weather, we remember those affected by flooding. We look forward to the spring and the new life that it contains. Yet, we cannot forget those who have been without, help us to continue to see them, open our eyes to ways in which we can follow your example and serve, especially in our own neighbourhoods.
Lord in your mercy…

There are many known to us who are in need of our prayers for healing. We come before you knowing that in you even death is able to be overcome. We remember those for whom this will be a first Easter without a loved one. In their grief, comfort
them. We remember those who spend this Easter in a hospital bed, strengthen them in their weakness. We take a moment to name those known to us whose lives are fraught with pain or sickness…
… for those named aloud, for those spoken in the quiet of our hearts and for those whom we have forgotten, we ask…
Lord in your mercy…

Amen.

Written by Helen Manfield for offering in worship, Easter Sunday, April 12, 2009.

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