Prayers of the people | September 20


n peace let us pray to the Lord, saying, “Lord, have mercy.”

We give you thanks, gracious and almighty God, for this opportunity to gather together to hear your Word proclaimed and to celebrate the Holy Supper of your Son our Lord Jesus Christ. Help us this night and this week to be people who desire wisdom, your wisdom, wisdom from above. May we, as the ode to a capable wife in Proverbs 31 reminds us, be wise men and women, men and women who open our hands to the poor and reach out our hands to the needy. Moreover, may we learn the fear you, to reverence your holy name in all that we say and do. Indeed, it would be all to easy for us to not do that, and to quarrel like the disciples about who is the greatest. Temper, oh Lord, our desire to be first, to have more, to rule over others. May we rather learn holy innocence and believe that in welcoming children we welcome you and your beloved Son.
Lord, have mercy.

We pray this evening for the church. In particular, we remember persecuted Christians in Pakistan. Draw near to them and bring about justice and peace. We pray for them knowing that there are Anglican Christians in Winnipeg whose relatives have been victims of violence in recent months. Comfort and sustain them by the light of faith. We also bring before you, heavenly Father, our bishop, and all the clergy and people of the Diocese of Rupert’s Land. We pray that this Diocese and the Anglican Church of Canada would become a royal priesthood, a holy nation, to the praise of your name. We pray also for the community of saint benedict’s table, and for all the church communities from which we are drawn. We thank you for the many gifts of the community, especially Lola and Roger who are currently with us from Uganda on a break.
Lord, have mercy.

We thank you God that you have loved the world in Jesus Christ. This is a strange and wonderful thing. May we have compassion for our neighbour near and far in a way that points to your compassion toward us in Christ. In particular, we pray for a concern for so many in the world today, namely an equitable solution to the rise of H1N1. We ask, further, for the peace of Jerusalem, that the seemingly intractable conflicts in the Middle East might truly cease.
Lord, have mercy.

For the sick and whose who have other needs. Let us take a moment to name them silently or out loud before God…
We pray at the this time for the needs of all those who have started back to school, as either students or educations. Given the presence of students and faculty from Providence College and Seminary, Booth College and CMU in our community, we pray that you might give to them a renewed focus and vision for their work. May their work benefit humanity, edify your church, and nurture a spirit of service and sacrifice.
Lord, have mercy.

Last, we pray for those whose lives are caught up in grief and mourning. We think, for example, of the many new Canadians in our city who have fled horrible circumstances in their homelands. May they find the support, resources, and people they need who will help them to flourish. We also remember before God those who have died. Remembering all the saints, we commit ourselves, one another, and our whole life to Christ our God.
Lord, have mercy.


Written by Christopher Holmes for offering in worship, September 20, 2009

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