Prayers of the people | August 9

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et us call the community into a time of prayer.

God we pray for the gift of obedience and responsibility, for we do choose, at times in our lives our own law over your law by rationalizing our actions as something we are owed, or that our actions will not affect others.  Help us to see how sometimes our actions can multiply their ill affects.  Help us to see how we can take responsibility and reconcile with those negatively affected and forgive ourselves.  Also remind us how when we focus on you, our actions can multiply your love and benefit so many.
Lord in your mercy… hear our prayer.

God we pray that we look to your son Jesus Christ as the bread of life, when we doubt his presence, let us be reminded through the love of others that he is near, when we suffer let us know that he suffers with us and we are not alone, when we are frustrated with injustice in the world, let us be reminded of where the justice of his love has reconciled, and where there is woundedness there is healing of the spirit.
Lord in your mercy… hear our prayer.

God we are called to use our gifts so we can reach our potential; this potential speaks loudly of your love and acknowledges the value of all people throughout the world.  Thus as we, your people, take part in your works of love and we ask you to continue to bless them with the Holy Spirit: works such as Home Omuka in Uganda, bless the work of the Sisters in Burlington, bless the work of Agape Table, and bless all of those volunteering at various agencies across Winnipeg.  God we ask you to anoint all your people who serve to put your love into action.
Lord in your mercy… hear our prayer.

God we continue to pray for your gift of discernment as we struggle to seek how we can meet the needs of those involved in gangs.  We earnestly pray that your spirit of love, peace, compassion and healing may cover all gang members, cover all law enforcement officers and cover all of us in Winnipeg so the focus is on prevention of violence.
Lord in your mercy… hear our prayer.

God we continue to pray for areas adversely affected by weather.  We keep in mind the Canadian heat wave that has led to so many fires. We ask you to protect the citizens of those areas and the fire fighters.  We keep in mind the victims of the Manitoba flood, that their homes can be restored and that they have financial supports.  We keep in mind those threatened by violent storms and tornadoes, may they find protection. We keep in mind those affected financially by the cool summer, may they have the funds they need to survive.  Finally always remind us to keep all those affected by adverse weather throughout the world so their citizens are protected.
Lord in your mercy… hear our prayer.

God we ask you to protect all those and ourselves who are traveling this summer.  We ask you to enter into the hearts of all those traveling on our roads to be mindful of speed limits, physical health affected by hours of sleep, drugs or alcohol, and distractions such as cell phones that may put themselves and others in danger. May we all know that how we drive affects everyone.
Lord in your mercy… hear our prayer.

God we are the church that serves you, that believes your son is the bread of life, that seeks to be obedient to your law of loving all people and seeking to build them up in faith.  In your church we organize ourselves so we can best serve all people and we ask your blessing upon on our Bishops, priests, deacons and facilitators of various ministries. We ask God that church leaders be blessed with wisdom and an openness to hear those they serve, be agents of healing, reconciliation and conflict resolution.  More importantly fill their hearts with joy in the knowing and living-out of Christ’s love here on earth.
Lord in your mercy… hear our prayer.

Let us now take a moment to speak the names of those we hold in our hearts at this time…
… for all those names spoken, unspoken and for those we may have forgotten we ask you God to take our prayers and may it be your will that is to be done.
Lord in your mercy… hear our prayer.

God we remember those who have died recently, we remember past deaths of our loved ones, we remember those who have died in wars and civil wars and we ask they all know you are near, and that all mourners have someone to walk with them.

Amen.

Written by Helen Mikolajewski for offering in worship, August 9, 2009.

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