Prayers of the people | May 30

Father, our liturgical calendar continues this Trinity Sunday and we are blessed by the guidance the spirit gives our community and challenged where our connections are beyond these walls.  We thank you for our commitment to Agape Table and for our arm of support to the Home Uganda Project and Pierre Plourde’s work in Haiti.  May our stories create a myriad of beauty like pieces of a quilt – designed from varying shapes, colors, textures, and strengths.  May we celebrate community, relationships, and neighbourhoods in the spirit and life of the church.

In Your Mercy, Lord.  Hear Our Prayer

We thank you for this season where our landscapes are transformed like an artists’ canvass – with lush green grass, colorful bulbs and perennials, and the earth that will host seeds for farmers’ fields and intimate gardens.  Make us effective stewards in the plots of land entrusted in our care and wise in the services and products we endorse.  Thank you for this week’s commuter challenge where we are invited to park our cars and find alternative modes of transportation to our work sites.  As we approach summer holidays, we ask for safe travel, restful vistas, and opportunities to nurture our body, minds and spirits.  May we celebrate community, relationships, and neighbourhoods in the spirit and life of the church.

In Your Mercy, Lord.  Hear Our Prayer

This week our city has been inundated with violence in a most impoverished community in the west end.  We pray for Melissa Omelan and Matt Kelly who work with Turning the Tide Gang Prevention Program that offers support and alternatives to teens lured to crime life.  We are reminded that you are a God who does not demand but gives, does not oppress but raises up, does not wound but heals.  Globally, we pray for troops in Afghanistan and for people living in unsettled regions.  We remember Larry Rudd, the 146th Canadian Soldier lost in this war.  We pray for train derailment victims in India,  for rain to extinguish fires in Quebec and for any measure that can stop the impact of the oil spill on the Gulf Coast and options of absorbing its’ impact.  As we are living through the ebb and flow of economic uncertainty, may our leaders steer us through with values of fairness, justice and equality.  Help us to find creative ways of reciprocity in our global village, whatever that village looks like – as vast as the continent or as intimate as the street we live on.  Make us keen to give and take, to hold close and set free, to see visions and dream dreams.  May we celebrate community, relationships, and neighbourhoods in the spirit and life of the church.

In Your Mercy, Lord.  Hear Our Prayer.

This evening we are reminded of people around us and among us experiencing loss, sickness, and roadblocks to change.  May your holy embrace ease the deepest, darkest wounds to transform hurt and heartache into healing.  Heal us so we can heal, save us so we can save.  Please take a moment to give voice to names of family and friends in need. We remember before God those who have died and pray for those whose lives are characterized by grief.  Lord, what we have not, give us; what we know not, teach us; what we see not, show us; and what we are not, make us.  May we celebrate community, relationships, and neighbourhoods in the spirit and life of the church.

In Your Mercy, Lord.  Hear Our Prayer.

As we move into the time of our service when the table is set, thank you for our circle of sacrament – for the endless, inclusive capacity of your body and blood to fill and fulfill us, to enable us to do more that we can ask or imagine, to be what you want us to be in the world.  God above us, God beside us, God beneath us, The Beginning, The End, The Everlasting One.

AMEN

Written by Nancy Constantine, to be offered in worship on Trinity Sunday, May 30, 2010.

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