Prayers of the People | June 20

I invite the community into a time of prayer. Let us pray with confidence to the Lord, responding to the invitation “Lord in your mercy,” by saying, “Hear our prayer.”Creator God, we pray for all who call themselves Christians: that we may become a royal priesthood, a holy people, to the praise of Christ Jesus our Saviour.

Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Mindful of the recent completion at the Forks of the first national event of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, we pray for Donald our bishop, and for all bishops and others who minister in Christ’s name: that they may remain faithful to their calling and rightly proclaim the word of truth.

Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Give to all nations an awareness of the unity of the human family: to the East, the Red nation; to the South, the Yellow nation; to the West, the Black nation; to the North, the White nation. Cleanse our hearts of prejudice and selfishness, and inspire us to hunger and thirst for what is right.

Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We pray for this city and all who live here, the poor and the rich, the elderly and the young, men and women; that your abundant goodness will be visible to all

Lord in your mercy,  Hear our prayer.

We pray for the victims of our society and those who minister to them, and especially for the health workers who are serving and supporting survivors of Canadian Residential Schools, and their families.

Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Strengthen all who give their energy or skill for the healing of those who are sick in body or in mind. With our voices and in our hearts, we commend to your goodness all who are anxious or distressed in mind or body, remembering tonight especially Helen Lyons who is in hospital, …. Comfort and relieve them in their need; give them patience in their struggles, and the grace born of knowing one’s deepest needs.

Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Grant a peaceful end and eternal rest to all who are dying, and your comfort to those who mourn.

Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer

Creator God, support us all the day long of this troublous life, until the shadows lengthen and the evening comes, the busy world is hushed, the fever of life is over, and our work is done. Then, Lord, in your mercy, grant us safe lodging, a holy rest, and peace at the last; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

Written by Jon Sears, to be offered in worship on the 4th Sunday after Pentecost, June 20th, 2010.

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