Prayers of the people | May 17

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et us call the community into a time of prayer. God we pray for the gift of friendship among us all and especially pray for those who are lonely who may be wounded and fear being hurt by a friend or they feel they will not be accepted and loved as who they are. We ask God that the lonely and the isolated people find healing through their friendship with Christ so they can be friends to others. We also think of those friends who may be home-bound due to chronic illnesses, or hospitalization and ask that we remember to visit, write to, or call so they know the bonds of friendship are rooted in Christ’s love.
Let us pray to the Lord. Hear us Lord of glory.

God we pray for all those who are missing and their fate is unknown. We pray for their families as they struggle daily between hope and sorrow. We especially think of the missing 500 women remembered by the Sisters in Spirit Walk last week and pray for their safe return. Also, we keep in mind the family and friends of Claudette Osborne who has been missing for over nine months and ask that her whereabouts be known soon. God we ask that those who have held people against their will find courage and take responsibility for their actions so they may experience healing of their own wounded hearts and let the families know what has happened to their missing loved ones.
Let us pray to the Lord. Hear us Lord of glory.

God we pray for your many works of love undertaken by your people. We ask for your blessing among those serving at Home Omuka in Uganda under Lola’s and Rogers support, bless those delivering health care in Haiti, bless the sisters in Burlington, bless the many volunteers and supporters of Agape Table, and bless all of those volunteering at various agencies across Winnipeg. God we ask you to anoint all your people who put your love into action.
Let us pray to the Lord. Hear us Lord of glory.

God we pray for peace throughout the world especially in those areas where so many of your sons and daughters have died. May there be peace soon, and supports to heal these lands and the generations to come. God may all governments act wisely in how to best aid nations struggling to find peace and stability. Send your hope and your love upon the war torn nations of the world.
Let us pray to the Lord. Hear us Lord of glory.

God we pray for all those experiencing various financial pressures that are dramatically putting their livelihood at risk. At this time we pray for the economic hardships caused by the flood and the current weather, we pray for retirees with investment funds seriously depleted by the instability of the stock exchange, and we pray for those laid-off due to cut backs and we pray for those heavily in debt. God may they find your strength, your peace, have financial supports, find jobs if needed, and we ask for the return of a healthy economy all over the world.
Let us pray to the Lord. Hear us Lord of glory.

God you are with all those involved in your Church and we especially ask for your blessing on our Bishops, Priests, Deacons and facilitators of various ministries. May all who are viewed as church leaders be blessed with wisdom and an openness to hear those they serve. More importantly fill their hearts with joy in the knowing and living out of Christ’s love here on earth.
Let us pray to the Lord. Hear us Lord of glory.

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,  ask you God to take our prayers and may it be your will that is to be done.
Let us pray to the Lord. Hear us Lord of glory.

God we now remember those who have died and those who mourn the absence the deceased in their lives. We ask that they find comfort from friends and family. Also, we pray that all of us who are friends or family of the bereaved serve as companions on their mourning journey
Let us pray to the Lord. Hear us Lord of glory.

Amen.

Written by Helen Mikolajewski for offering in worship, the sixth Sunday of Easter, May 17, 2009.

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