Prayers of the People | July 4

W e call the community into a time of prayer. Hope of the nations, we pray for the world. On this day when the United States of America celebrates their freedom and strength, we pray that the American people would be mindful of their responsibility to the rest of the world, that American leaders would make wise decisions working toward global peace and equality. Similarly, the Queen’s visit yesterday and the dedication of the Museum of Human Rights reminds us that we Canadians also have global responsibilities. May Canada truly be a free country, advocating not only for our own rights but also for the rights of all earth’s citizens.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for your church in all its forms. May your people represent you well. May we have the grace to see past the things that divide us to the Love that is the salvation of all. May your people be lambs among wolves, bringing peace to all we encounter.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

As part of your church, we pray for this community of st. benedict’s table, that we would represent you well in our city. We pray for our leaders. We pray for Agape Table and HOME/Omuka in Uganda. We pray for the Falk family, who have been displaced from their home after a house fire. We pray for the parents of new children, thanking you for the blessing of new life.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pause now to remember those known to us who are in need. We call their names aloud, asking that you would be gracious to them…

For those named, unnamed, and for those we have forgotten, we pray.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We remember those who have died, especially those whose anniversaries of death occur at this time. Walk with us in our grief, as we walk with each other.

Amen.

Written by Mari Raynard, to be offered in worship on the 6th Sunday after Pentecost, July 4, 2010.

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