Prayers of the people | January 17

Blessed is the bride whose groom keeps his promises. More blessed are the people who know you and the covenant God. For in knowing you we are assured that your promises are ever true and that your “I will”s and “I do”s are solid and binding.

Lord our Almighty God we praise you and thank you that you took the initiative to bring about a new relationship with us fallen creatures through the work of your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ.

Lord imprint the truth of your promises in the minds of us your people, your bride, your church. Give us not only insight into what you are saying and requiring, but also willingness to respond in trusting obedience.

Lord in your mercy….hear our prayer.

Lord Jesus, as the World Week of Prayer for Christian Unity commences, we pray for your Holy catholic church in its various forms.

May your intended unity and integrity come to this fragmented body. Lord heal your church so that we may be unhindered to witness of your love to the world.

Restore us to that innocent age of long ago when we were the joyful bride of Jesus the Christ.

Our Lord, Our Groom, enable us to look ahead with your eyes and to feel the longing of your heart for that day in your kingdom when you and us, the beloved of your Father, will drink afresh and eternally of the harvest from the vineyard in the great wedding feast of the lamb.

Lord in your mercy…hear our prayer.

Lord, as we pray for healing and unity in the church, so we also pray for the world.

For peace –for the turmoil in Afghanistan, Iraq and in other countries torn apart by war.

For Haiti—Father our words and our prayers fail us as we see the images of pain and suffering coming from this country.

We pray for those who have died and we pray for the many whose lives are characterized by grief and loss.

Lord in your mercy….hear our prayer.

Lord we give you thanks for the Anglican Church in Rupert’s Land. We pray for our Bishop Don, our priest Jamie and all other Bishops, Priests, Deacons and Sisters of the church. May they remain faithful to their calling and rightly proclaim the world of truth.

We pray for all who minister in this congregation. For Agape Table.

Lord in your mercy…hear our prayer.

We pray that your abundant  goodness be visible to all.

For the sick, for those who live in poverty, for the elderly, for those in addictions, for those who grieve, for victims, and for those who minister to them. Here we pray for those known to us who are sick or struggling in some way, and particularly for those for whom our prayers are asked.

AMEN

Written by Vincent Solomon, to be offered in worship on the 3rd Sunday in Epiphanytide, 2010.

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