Prayers of the people | November 1

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urrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us make our prayer in the power of the Spirit.

Living God, you are the God of changing seasons. You are the God of winter as well as the God of summer. As the natural world around us prepares for the cold sleep ahead, we know it is also anticipating renewal. As we ourselves experience the dark dormancy of this time of year, may we remember with hope that the birth of the child is near at hand. Out of death comes life, out of the darkness comes the light.
God, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray tonight for the company of saints worldwide, and especially for the saints in this community of saint benedict’s table. We pray for the saints in the pews beside us, around us. You have named us as your people. You have set us apart. Even though we may not always feel like it, we are the saints. Help us to bear well that awesome responsibility. We pray for the saints who serve at Agape Table and for the saints being served. We pray for the saints in Burlington, Ontario, who also pray for us. We pray for the saints who have formed and who sustain HOME Uganda. Bless the work of your people, wherever it is being done.
God, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for the needs of the world. We think of the Philippines, where another tropical storm has brought more death and destruction to people not yet recovered from three previous storms. We pray for the people of Afghanistan. Whatever the results of the current election, may their government truly work to give them a better future. We pray for those in our city who are without homes and are most affected by the change in seasons. Be merciful, God. According to your unfailing love, see the needs of our world and intervene. In the situations that we have influence, give us the courage to act in your name.
God, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

You are the God who weeps when we weep. Confident in your care for us, we take time now to remember those whose needs we know, lifting our confusion, grief and pain before you. We speak the names of those we hold in our hearts…
For all those names spoken, unspoken and for those we may have forgotten,
God, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Today this community will witness the baptism of Oren Subee, son of Roger and Lola. Thank you for this family. Thank you that they are part of us and that we are part of them. We see in Oren’s young life a myriad of fresh possibilities. It is our desire that his life be blessed, that you would grant him your gifts of faith, hope and love, that he will grow into the fullness of his potential. We pray for his parents, that they will be loving guides, teaching him your ways. Grant them much wisdom, patience, and grace, both for Oren and for themselves.
God, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We come together on this first day of November remembering those who have gone before us and looking with expectation to the road ahead. We honour those saints who have taught us the way, whose examples of faith continue to inspire us. Many of these saints remain with us, and we thank you for the continued gift of their presence. With a moment of silence, we honour the memories of our saints who have passed through death to eternal life. May our lives leave such a legacy.

Amen.

Written by Mari Raynard for offering in worship on November 1, 2009

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