Prayers of the people | July 5

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s your people our treatment of the planet is causing irreparable damage; you gifted us this place that we call home to live on, and have charged us to care for it.  We are not doing a very good job. Our greed has created weather systems that ravage areas of the world.  Tonight we lift to you the 300,000 people who have been displaced by the flooding in China and Vietnam.  Over-farming is creating a threat to wetlands in Brazil, over-fertilization is killing our own Lake Winnipeg.  Help us to pay attention to the delicate balances that hold the ecosystems in place, convict us of our greed and correct our entitlement attitude.
Lord, in your mercy…


As your people, our treatment of each other is not what you have taught us.  We do not love as you have shown, we fight, bicker and allow resentment to grow.  This grows so fast and so fierce that we war against each other.  Tonight we pray for Somali and the fighting that continues, we cry out for peace; for Burma and the continued conflict there, bring peace; for Iran and the relentless unrest there, bring peace; for Afghanistan, bring peace.
Lord, in your mercy…

As your church we pray for its health, its life, its dedication to its commission – and we give thanks.  That in spite of all its wrong turns, all of its mistaken interpretations, the many ways in which it has failed, your church continues to exist, seeking to be authentic, seeking to be faithful, seeking to be truthful.  Strengthen us in this place as we strive, strengthen us in this country to be united, strengthen us to reach out around the world. From within this community we pray for the many places where people carry a piece of us with them.  For those overseas, for Lola and Roger in Uganda with the boys in the HOME project.  For the sisters of the church who this day have held us in prayer.  For the leadership of saint benedict’s table  For the ministries we touch.
Lord, in your mercy…

As your people our lives are filled with brokenness.  Pain, suffering and grief are often constant companions.  Help us to feel and know you as a closer companion, help us to sense your presence in difficult times.  Give us courage to be involved in the lives of others.  So that we can do our part in bringing your comfort to those who grieve, your strength to the weak and your relief to the hurting.  We take a moment to name aloud those known to us who need your touch…
For those named aloud, for those held deeply in our hearts and for those whom we have forgotten.
Lord, in your mercy…

Amen.

Written by Helen Manfield for offering in worship, Sunday, July 5, 2009.

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