Prayers of the people | October 11

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call the community into a time of prayer.

God, we come before you having lived a great deal over this past week.  We have seen much, experienced much and reflected much on our world around us. At times we sang with joy, while other times we felt heavy with despair.  May our hearts be renewed this day, filled with a peace and thanksgiving firmly rooted in a love that this world cannot make sense of, yet desires nonetheless.
Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.


We pray for our community of saint benedict’s table.  Thank you for the opportunity to gather together to praise, learn and reflect.  We pray for those who lead us; guide them as they seek to do your will.  We pray for those beside and around us; may their hearts be refreshed.  God may each of our lives, and the choices we make, reflect who you have called us to be, and may we seek daily to be impacted by, and have an impact on, those around us.
Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for the church.  Thank-you God for the committed effort and outpouring of hope you offer through your people.  We lift up church leaders the world over, and ask for your hand to be upon them.  May they lead in humility, recognizing well who they serve.  We pray for the Sisters of the church in Burlington; for Lola and Roger and the Home Uganda ministry and for Agape Table.  Bless them God as they continue to be a blessing to others.
Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for this city and all those who live here.  Thank you for the diverse people who call this place home.  Sometimes we forget that our neighbours are flesh and blood people with wants and needs, just like us.  As we interact with each other, may we be gracious in our living.  May we recognize those around us for who they are, and may we be ready and willing to help when the need arises.
Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for the needs of the world, and particularly those places torn by war and violence.  May we be constantly mindful of life beyond our immediate 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 on October 11, 2009

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