Prayers of the People | April 25

The Resurrection gives life meaning and direction and the opportunity to start over no matter what the circumstances. Father, we come to you in prayer this beautiful April evening.  As your sweet and generous earth continues to transform into a mute gospel of beauty and sustenance, remind us of the great gift of hope that Easter brings.  As we are rooted by the strong arm of tradition while blessed with creative freedom, may the church continue to be recalled to its’ intended unity and integrity.

Keep us safe in Jesus and His Resurrection.

In Your Mercy, Lord, Hear Our Prayer.

In the world, we offer our lament for regions characterized by war and intolerance, countries being reshaped by the economy, and the earths’ shift caused by unseasonable weather patterns, disasters, and climate change.  May we be intentional as stewards of the earth in product selection, transportation options, and preserving our greenspace.  Locally, we celebrate the Homeless Haven initiative announced for the Bell Hotel.  Likewise, we ask for protection from city drug wars, domestic and random violence and opportunities to participate in capacity building for social needs.

Keep us safe in Jesus and His Resurrection.

In Your Mercy, Lord, Hear Our Prayer.

At this time, we are called to remember those among us and around us needing prayer; Please take these moments to mention aloud or in your hearts those in need. We pray for Irene and Ginette – who are battling cancer.  O Father, grant your peace to those who have died; comfort to those who mourn.

We uphold our deacon and friend, Chris Holmes this day and in the days ahead as he is ordained and his family embarks on a new life, career, and vocation in New Zealand.   Loving and generous God, it is you who call us by name and ask us to follow you.  In this world of endless possibilities, wherever we live, wherever we go, wherever we are from or wherever we call home, thank you for the words of comfort in this evening’s lesson…. ‘My sheep hear my voice – I know them and they follow me’.

May we take a few moments silence to consider the giving and taking; life’s beginnings and endings; and our comings and goings.

Keep us safe in Jesus and His Resurrection.

In Your Mercy, Lord, Hear Our Prayer.

As we come to the time in our service where the banquet is set, thank you for feeding us, whether we are hungry or full.  May the gifts of this table extend beyond these walls – so as we are given, so we can give.  As a new week unfolds and awaits us, we invite your presence in our everyday living – may we see you more clearly, love you more dearly and follow you more nearly, Day By Day.

AMEN

Written by Nancy Constantine, to be offered in worship on the 4th Sunday in Eastertide, April 25, 2010.

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