Prayers of the people | August 30

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call the community into a time of prayer.

God we come before you a people well-versed in your commandments, yet at times overly caught-up in the decrees of the world.  Often we are consumed by the bustle of the day-to-day, forgetting who we are.  May we make it a point to live through our hearts in a daily capacity, being sure that what we speak is inline with who we are and what we feel.  And may what we feel be life-giving; an exhibition of love and servitude that captures the imagination of all, a new perspective on an old way.
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 to share, learn and celebrate.  May we continue to grow in our relationship with you and with each other, striving daily to be people who reflect well your love.  As we transition back into a time of routines, may we actively seek-out time just to be, remembering well the value of such moments and their necessary inclusion in our lives.
Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for the greater church throughout the world.  Thank you Lord for the continued work of your people, as they seek to pour out your love.  Divided by distance, yet united in purpose, may your blessings abound in the lives of all.  For the Sisters of the Church in Burlington, for the Home ministry in Uganda and for Agape Table, may hearts be renewed as lives are changed.
Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for this city.  Thank you for this place we call home.  Diverse and filled with people from all walks, we realize well that life is experienced on many levels here.  May we be gracious in our living then, ever aware of the lives around us and the impact that we can and do have.
Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for the world and those places that continue to be torn by war and violence. May we be constantly mindful of the world 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, August 30, 2009.

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