Prayers of the people | May 3

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call the community in to a time of prayer.

God, the selfless love modeled in the work of your Son is a constant reminder to us.  Too often we allow ourselves to get caught up in the ‘me first’ doctrine of the world.  As your children, may we be ready and willing to take up action at all times, living in a way that reflects your love.  In our surplus may we readily seek to share, pouring out what we have been gifted with those in need.
Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for this community of saint benedict’s table.  Thank you for the opportunity to come together as your people to be with You.  Regardless of where we have been just before or will go just after, may we seek in our hearts to be in the now, that our experience might be a time of dedicated refreshment as we lend our eyes, ears and voices to this work of your people.
Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for the needs of your church throughout the world.  May we remember well that a body is the sum of its parts.  Inclusively, may our efforts compliment well each others’ and may our living collectively reflect who we are and who we belong to.  We pray also for those churches from which we are drawn; for the Sisters of the church in Burlington; for Lola and Roger; for Agape Table; and for Jamie during his sojourn in Collegeville.  Continue to bless these as they seek to bless others.
Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for this city and all those who call it home.  In the bustle of our day-to-day affairs may we be reminded of those around us.  The simplest word or jest can have the most lasting effect.  May we seek to be simple in our efforts, and as a result, building up rather than tearing down.
Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We live in a world that continues to be laden with hardship and oppression.  Both near and far the daily act of living is, for some, an effort that requires extreme exertion.  May we be constantly mindful of those beyond our horizon, cautious to never grow stale in our own comforts.  For losses had, sacrifices made, and those who mourn, may the peace longed for by so many, one day be known to all.
Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for the needs of those known to us; for those who are sick or suffering, alone or isolated, or who have other needs and challenges.  I invite you now to pray aloud the names of those known to you….  For those named aloud, those spoken in the silence of our hearts, and for the ones we have forgotten,
Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Amen.

Written by Brett Schmall for offering in worship, the fourth Sunday of Easter, May 3, 2009.

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