Prayers of the People | August 15

L et us pray with confidence to the Lord, responding to the invitation “Lord in your mercy,” by saying, “Hear our prayer.”  Creator God, you have called your Church to be the body of Christ on earth.  Weave together the many parts of this universal body, each with its gifts, into a unified whole that is pleasing to you.  Keep us mindful always of the task you have set before us, which is to love you above ourselves, and to love our neighbours as though their every need were our own.

Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Give to all people an awareness of the unity of the human family.  Replace our fear, prejudice, and selfishness, with a generosity of spirit.  Inspire in every heart an unquenchable hunger and thirst for what is right, and plant a seed of courage that will take root and grow into positive change.

Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Teach us to honour and love the earth which shelters and nurtures us.  Even as you sustain us by its bounty, remind us that creation’s richness is not ours alone.  Protect us from our greed, and fill our hearts with wonder at the beauty and the intricacy of all you have made.  Grant us the wisdom to protect the vast diversity in which there is enough for everyone.

Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Some among us suffer tangibly in body, in spirit, or in mind.  Trusting in your grace, we lift to you the names of those whose needs are known to us, speaking their names aloud or in our hearts. …….. Many more among us are blind to our own need.  Give us the clarity, honesty, and humility we need in order to name and confess our own weakness.  For all of us gathered here and for those we love, we ask freedom from sickness, fear, and despair.

Lord in your mercy,Hear our prayer.

Grant a peaceful end and eternal rest to all who are dying, O God, and your comfort and hope to those who mourn.  Even amidst our tears of sorrow, we offer you thanks for the richness of life.

Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Amen.

Written by Dorothea Toews, to be offered in worship on the 12th Sunday after Pentecost, August 15, 2010.

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