Prayers of the people | October 25

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et us pray to the Lord saying, Lord in your mercy… hear our prayer.

“Lord our God, you find us gathered here to speak and hear your Word, call on you, praise you, and ask you for what alone would make us and the entire world good and wholesome. But how should this rightly happen? You know just what sort of people we are, and we know it too. Before you, we cannot deny it anyway: our hard hearts, impure thoughts, disordered desires, and everything that has come of this and still comes of it — our errors and transgressions, and so many words and deeds that do not please you and by which we can only disturb and destroy peace on earth. Who are we, that in this hour we may be able to serve you and really help one another? Things do not work out without your speaking and working among us. We hold solely to the promise of your grace and mercy, that Jesus Christ, you dear Son, has come to bring good news to us poor, to proclaim release to us captives, and recovery of sight to us blind—to rescue us sinners. But we hold to this promise in this very hour. You can do what we cannot. You will that it be done. We believe and trust that you will do it—not because we are good and strong, but because you are.”
Lord in your mercy… hear our prayer.


We are grateful for your written word, for our gospel reading for today. Following blind Bartimaeus we ask that you to continue to have mercy on us and our world. We pray in particular this evening for the Congo, for peace to prevail there; for Pakistan; and for the Philippines, as it tries to recover from the devastating floods of  a few weeks past. And we pray for mercy and protection in the face of the rise of H1N1. As with Job we know, gracious Lord, that “you can do all things and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted.” So we ask that your merciful purposes for our world would be fulfilled, and that your rule which destroys everything that shatters human life would come and soon.
Lord in your mercy… hear our prayer.

We pray for this community of saint benedict’s table, and for all the church communities from which we are drawn. May saint benedict’s be a place where we hear well your word, gracious God, and respond in faith and in obedience. We pray in particular for the HOME/OMUKA Uganda benefit set for Saturday November 7th at the church. Moreover, we give you thanks for the several student members of Canadian Mennonite University involved in the production of an alternative cookbook and for their challenge to us all to be good stewards of your creation. And we pray for the children, men and women who eat the fruit that we bring forward every Sunday evening. May the ministry of Agape Table and the special nutrition program it offers be a blessing to many in the inner-city.
Lord in your mercy… hear our prayer.

We pray for those who are sick or who have other needs. Let us take a moment to bring them before almighty God in silence or out loud…
Grant us, as a community, to have the courage day in and day out to bring our needs and the needs of others before you, heavenly Father. Like Bartimaeus, may we too be given sight and go forth into this week knowing that faith makes well.
Lord in your mercy… hear our prayer.

Lastly, we pray for those whose lives are caught up in grief and mourning, and also those who have died. May we truly believe that your compassion oh God, most humbly demonstrated in the passion and death of our Lord, encompasses all people, indeed the world. Whether we are suffering or whether we are close to those who suffer, let us not loose hope. And don’t let us live as if our prayers are not heard. Form us, oh Lord, into people who do believe that your power at work in us can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine, especially for all those who lives are entangled in grief and mourning.
Lord in your mercy… hear our prayer.

Amen.

Written by Christopher Holmes for offering in worship on October 25, 2009
The first paragraph is an excerpt from Karl Barth, Prayers.

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