Prayers of the People | March 28

Let us call the community into a time of prayer. God we pray for the strength to imitate your son Jesus by trusting you in our most difficult times.  May we know when we suffer due to unemployment, loss of a loved one, broken relationships, bullying at the workplace, financial problems, poor health, physical pain, addictions, depression, sorrow, worry about family and friends, you are there.  Remind us that we can seek you out as Christ did cry out for your love. 

Lord in Your Mercy, Hear our Prayer

God we pray for the strength to imitate your son Jesus.  May we forgive those who have hurt us with word or action and may we invite the Holy Spirit to heal any pain caused by another.  May we forgive ourselves for hurting others, and find strength to reconcile with others by inviting Christ into our hearts to do what we cannot do alone.  Finally may we not judge others harshly without reflecting on how Christ has forgiven us for “we did not know what we have done.”

Lord in Your Mercy, Hear our Prayer

God we pray for the strength to imitate your son Jesus who was moved by compassion to meet the needs of your children.  May Home Omuka in Uganda meet the needs of the young people living there, May the various clinics in Haiti meet medical needs of the population.  May the Sisters of the Church in Burlington Ontario meet the spiritual needs of those in their care, May Agape Table at All Saints Church meet the needs of the hungry and the lonely people who walk in their door, and May all those ministries throughout Winnipeg  find support to meet the needs of all in their care.

Lord in Your Mercy, Hear our Prayer

God we pray for all those present here the strength to imitate your son Jesus and seek out compassion in our lives.  May we show compassion to the growing numbers of inmates in our prisons by supporting programs that help the inmates reconcile, promote healing, educate, provide them with skills, and after release may there be more supportive programs. In the name of Jesus may there be a day when prisons decrease, and expanded prisons close down their additions.

Lord in Your Mercy, Hear our Prayer

God we pray for all those present here the strength to imitate your son Jesus and seek out joy in our lives.  May we always sing praises of Hosanna in the Highest. For you have given us life, and continuously show us signs of the resurrection alive in our daily lives in the joy we bring others, in the love given to us, in the gathering of community at St. Benedict’s Table, in the ordinary things such as laughter, a smile, a sunset, the coming of spring.

Lord in Your Mercy, Hear our Prayer

Let us now take this moment to speak the names of those we hold in our hearts at this time. …For all those names spoken and unspoken, and for those we may have forgotten, we ask you God to take our prayers and may it be your will that is to be done.

Lord in Your Mercy, Hear our Prayer

Loving God we now remember all those who have died, may we experience healing in our mourning, may we reach out to those seeking comfort in their loss of a loved one.

Lord in Your Mercy, Hear our Prayer

Written by Helen Mikolajewski, to be offered in worship on the 6th Sunday of Lent,  March 28, 2010.

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