Prayers of the People | April 4

Icall the community into a time of prayer. As this morning announces the most unimaginable gift of grace and love through the resurrection of your son, the first fruit of all of humanity. We can do nothing but thank and praise you. We cannot earn, we cannot buy, we cannot persuade, all we are capable of, is accepting. Our gratitude and songs of adoration are brought to you in broken vessels, we ask you to receive all that we bring.

Let us pray to the Lord…Lord hear our prayer.

The resurrection of Jesus reconciled the world back to you. Our planet, our water, our air, all of creation is reconciled through this act. Teach us how to be that reconciliation. Through his life Jesus taught us how to live with respect for each other and the world around us. Help us to listen, hear, and understand those words. We pray tonight for the continuing efforts in Haiti, for the miners in China, the victims in Moscow and Baghdad. We ask that there be calm in South Africa. Around the world tonight there are far too many places that cannot see past their own struggles to the joy this day contains. We ask that for a moment the weight of such struggles can be lifted.

Let us pray to the Lord…Lord hear our prayer.

Our Church exists because of today, yet again we have taken this gift and abused it, broken it, disrupted it. Within your church there is a profound crisis. An impossible situation where many people have been hurt. We remember the victims, we remember the perpetrators, and we remember that all of us are broken. We pray for our leaders in the church, for the lay ministers who give so much, for our clergy, our bishop, and our primate. May you lead the way, and show us how to follow.

Let us pray to the Lord…Lord hear our prayer.

We pray this day for Winnipeg. We look forward to the spring and the new life that it contains. Yet, we cannot forget those who have been without, help us to continue to see them, open our eyes to ways in which we can follow your example and serve, especially in our own neighbourhoods and in our own city. We pray for the ministry of Agape Table and the guests they faithfully serve.

Let us pray to the Lord…Lord hear our prayer.

There are many know to us who are in need of our prayers for healing. We come before you knowing that in you, even death is able to be overcome. We remember those for whom this will be a first Easter without a loved one. In their grief, comfort them. We remember those who spend this Easter in a hospital bed, strengthen them in their weakness. We take a moment to name those known to us whose lives are fraught with pain or sickness…..for those named aloud, for those spoken in the quiet of our hearts and for those whom we have forgotten we offer them to you.

Let us pray to the Lord…Lord hear our prayer.

Written by Helen Manfield, to be offered in worship on Easter Day, April 4, 2010.

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