Prayers of the people | May 24

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onight as a community of few, we are small as we bring to you the needs of such a vast world. We bring basic survival needs such as clean water, food, shelter and safety for millions of people. We bring the need for basic necessities such as clothing, shoes and utensils. We bring basic justice needs, such as issues around food distribution, child and slave labour and massive debts to developing countries. We know that these are too big for us to deal with, help us to trust you, in helping us to do our part.
Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Tonight as a community of believers, we acknowledge our doubts and fears. As your church we doubt because we do not understand, and fear the unknown. Give us a spirit of yearning to see your truth, a desire to pursue you in knowledge. Give wisdom to the leaders of the church, we pray for Fred our Primate, Don our Bishop, Jamie our Priest, Sharon and Ken and all in leadership here. Grant wisdom to all as they seek your direction.
Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We remember the Sisters of the Church who have on this day prayed for us. We remember the HOME project, the churches in the Arctic North, for the health care work being done in Haiti, for the mission of Agape Table right here in our church feeding those whose life situations makes that difficult. There are many who have been connected here and now have moved on, many who have visited and been inspired, we give thanks for the gifts they bring and for the blessings they take.
Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Tonight as we gather in community we remember those for whom community is scarce. For those who find themselves alone; for those who stare at the walls in their hospital bed. We pray for those who have no walls to stare at. We pray especially this night for Gerald and his family as they walk with him through the dark place. We lift to you those known to us whose body is failing, whose mind is not their own and whose spirit is restless, we name them aloud…
… for those named aloud, for those mentioned in the quiet of our heart and especially for those for whom we have forgotten, we ask…
Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Amen.

Written by Helen Manfield for offering in worship, the seventh Sunday of Easter, May 24, 2009.

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