Prayers of the People | August 22

Living God, you formed us in the womb and appointed us to speak truth in the world. Dispel our fear that we are too young or too old or too unqualified for the task. Remind us that we, too, bear your image. As we pause now to consider the needs of the church and of the world, open our hearts in compassion, and in your mercy receive our petitions.

We pray for the universal church. May God’s people around the world be empowered to love their neighbours as themselves, to care for all creation, and to speak truth to the nations. We remember your people who are oppressed because of the faith they will not deny. We remember those in leadership, praying that they would serve their people well, that they would represent their God well, that they would speak the truth well.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer. We pray for the world. This planet is full of good things, overflowing in beauty and health and pleasure. The gifts we enjoy on a daily basis are many. We are grateful for the life we enjoy, the friends and family who bless us, the created world in all its splendor.   This planet is also full of painful things, groaning in brokenness, sickness, and despair. We pray for those whose daily work is survival. We pray for the nations at war. We pray for the earth itself, whose wounds are often suffered at our hands. We pray for the 6 million people of Pakistan who are homeless after the floods. We pray for the continued relief work in Haiti. We pray for those we do not know, suffering pain we cannot know.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for our country, our province, and our city. As this past Friday marked the one-year anniversary of Hillary Wilson’s murder, we remember the women who have been killed or who have disappeared from our city. Too many are gone, most from our aboriginal communities. We pray for an end to human trafficking, racisim, and violence.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for our community of st. benedict’s table. We remember our primate Fred, our bishop Don, our priest Jamie, the Kitchen Table and all who serve in leadership positions. We pray for Agape Table, and ask that our hearts would be opened to see and respond to the needs of the hungry and homeless in this city. We pray for Lola and Roger in Uganda and for the teenage boys under their care. We also pray for each other, that we will love, support, and encourage one another as a community of faith.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We take this time to offer aloud the names of those known to us who are in need… God of mercy and healing, you who hear the cries of those in need, receive these petitions of your people that all who are troubled may know peace, comfort, and courage. We remember those who have died and those whose anniversaries of death occur at this time. We remember those from Providence College and Seminary who are grieving the loss of Thomas Kinyanjui, a student and friend taken so quickly by cancer. May all who mourn be comforted.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Merciful God, as we speak the truth you have entrusted to us, the parched places are watered, the rising light of peace dawns in the darkness. So lead us into truth that your promises may unfold in us as a woman’s back, long bent, unfolds at Christ’s command.

Written by Mari Raynard to be offered in worship on the 13th Sunday after Pentecost, August 22, 2010.

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