Prayers of the people | November 15

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call the community into a time of prayer.

God we gather as your servants this evening, offering up our prayers and petitions to you.  In our desire to know you better, may we be patient and willing listeners of your voice.  May our lives be replete with love, assuring that we never mistake our living as being prompted by anything but, and may those around us who witness our living recognize well the source.
In your mercy, Lord hear our prayer.


We pray for the greater church.  Thank you for the continued work of your people across the world.  Amidst times of hardship and uncertainty, may your light continue be a source of direction to all who seek it.  We pray in particular for those communities with which we are connected; for the Sisters of the Church in Burlington, for Home Uganda and for Agape Table.  We also pray for St. John’s Missionary Baptist Church and for the Rutba House Community.   May blessings abound in the lives of those who seek to be a blessing to others.
In your mercy, Lord hear our prayer.

We pray for the greater world.  God we hear of so much unrest throughout the globe.  May we seek to be ever conscious in our living, realizing well that life is experienced in so many different ways by so many different people.  May perspective abound as acts of service replace acts of aggression and may the peace sought by so many, one day be known to all.
In your mercy, Lord 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, thought of and forgotten,
In your mercy, Lord hear our prayer.

Amen.

Written by Brett Schmall, to be offered in worship on Sunday November 15, 2009.

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