Prayers of the people | January 24

Blessed are you, Sovereign God, our light and our salvation, to you be glory and praise for ever. Your light springs up for the righteous and all the peoples have seen your glory. You gave the Christ as a light to the nations, and through the anointing of the Spirit you established us as a royal priesthood. As you call us into your marvellous light, may our lives bear witness to your truth and our lips never cease to proclaim your praise.

Lord in your Mercy, Hear our Prayer.

O Lord, we remember tonight your world. We remember in particular the people of Haiti. We pray that a basic infrastructure would soon arise in order that there might be food and water for all. We pray for your church in Haiti, that it would be strong in its witness during this time of crisis to your justice and grace. And we pray for those in this congregation who have a special relationship to Haiti, Dr. Pierre Plourde, Krista Waring, Nadine and Daniel Plourde.

Lord in your Mercy, Hear our Prayer.

We pray for the Anglican Church this evening. It is a joy and privilege to be a part of a seventy million member global Christian family. May we not take this privilege lightly, and so may we pray daily for our sisters and brothers in other parts of the Communion. In our Diocese we pray for Bishop Donald and Nancy Phillips, and all those in authority who make decisions concerning our Diocesan life together. We pray that not only the Anglican Church of Canada but also the Anglican Church in Winnipeg would flourish. May it be a place where your Word is heard and obeyed, where women and men participate by faith in your making all things new in Jesus Christ.

Lord in your Mercy, Hear our Prayer.

We pray for those in need. We remember in particular the urban poor, those served by Agape Table. And we remember those in our congregation whose struggle with mental health. May your beautiful mercy surround and protect them, and may they have access to and get the help they need. Indeed, may we not grow callous towards the needs of those around us, and consider others interests ahead of our own. Help us as a congregation to believe deeply that Jesus Christ came to “bring good news to the poor, release to the captives, recovery of sight to the blind, freedom for the oppressed, and the year of Jubilee.” Make us a large-hearted people.

Lord in your mercy, Hear our Prayer.

Heavenly Father, grant us, as we move through the season of Epiphany, your salvation. Keep us strong in the life of grace, direct the ways of your people, and open the door of your kingdom to all who stand upon the threshold of faith; through Jesus our Messiah and Saviour.

Lord in your mercy, Hear our Prayer.

Amen.

Written by Chris Holmes, to be offered in worship on the 3rd Sunday of Epiphany, January 24, 2010.

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