Prayers of the People | July 25

F ather, we come to you in prayer this mid-summer Sunday filled with the joy of your presence, the faith as confessed Christians, and the hope of your ongoing intersection of our personal and vocational lives.  Just as we witness rich growth in vegetation of both food and flowers in our gardens, tonight’s lesson speaks to the church family being rooted,  built up and established – with the tender balance of rain and  resistance;  sunshine and service.  We are also reminded that consistent, persistent daily prayer can be motivated by the assurance that even if inconvenienced, God will surely answer our petitions.  We pray to God, who when we ask, opens the door.

Lord in Your Mercy, Hear Our Prayer.

We thank you for the many summer diversions ranging from the Queen’s visit and World Cup Soccer to Jazz, Folk and Fringe Festivals that allow us to enjoy the accessibility and affirm the work of athletes, musicians and actors.  As we attend the many tables of this community – may we find insight and understanding in Theology by the Glass and Rachel’s conversations around depression, breakfast bookclubs; may we experience reciprocity in giving towards Agape Table and Missions in Uganda and Haiti; and may we find forgiveness and sustenance as we approach the communion table during this service.  Lord, what we know not; teach us, what we have not; give us, and what we are not; make us.  We pray to God, who when we ask, opens the door.

Lord in Your Mercy, Hear Our Prayer.

We continue to ask for the silence of arms in war, relief of captives and effective dialogue and destinies for unstable nations.  May radical regimes and ineffective personalities in power be countered by visionaries with foresight, empathy and integrity.  For our troops, we thank you for their commitment towards capacity building in Afghanistan and this week  we are grieved at the loss of Sapper Brian Collier, the 151st Canadian Soldier to die in this war  – ‘short days ago he lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, loved, and was loved and now he lives.  We remember’.  We pray for effective stewardship of resources in our daily commute, produce purchases and preservation of the land entrusted in our care.  Thank you for the containment of the BP oil spill and for the collective consciousness this disaster and the blatant disregard for our planet have triggered.  Locally, as we have witnessed too much crime this summer related to gangs, may there be alternative lifestyle options, support for targeted communities and strong role models for vulnerable youth.  May the doors of darkness, failure and regret be closed while the doors of opportunity, accomplishments, and possibilities open wide.  We pray to God, who when we ask, opens the door.

Lord in Your Mercy, Hear Our Prayer.

We remember those known to us needing prayers at this time.  For those facing economic challenges, clinical issues of body, mind or spirit, whatever the need, please take a moment to mention aloud or in your hearts folks to remember.  God will never let us be shaken or removed from our place near His Heart.  Jesus, thank you for those words we heard tonight promising us that we need only ask – and receive; we need only seek – but find; and when we knock on your door – you, the ultimate caretaker, the most gracious host, the best role model – invite us in.  As we meet you at the circle of sacrament, thank you for being more than we can ask or imagine, as we meet you tonight, as we enter a new week, wherever our summer journeys take us.    We pray to God, who when we ask, opens the door.

Lord in Your Mercy, Hear Our Prayer.

AMEN

Written by Nancy Constantine, to be offered in worship on the 9th Sunday after Pentecost, July 25, 2010.

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