Prayers of the People | August 4

I invite the community into a time of prayer. We give you thanks for the world, O God, in all of its beauty and variety.  We ask your blessing on the land through which you sustain our bodies, and on the people who through their labours and love feed us.  We pray also that you would be present in the hearts of leaders everywhere, urging them always toward justice for the least among us.

Lord, in your mercy… hear our prayer.

We give you thanks for the church universal, O God, and for our gathered community.  Thank you that within the communion of saints, we are part of a family and part of the body of Christ.  We pray that you would work in us and through us, that we may reflect to all humanity the acceptance and the love that you extend to us.

Lord, in your mercy… hear our prayer.

We thank you for meeting our needs, O God, whatever they may be.  Trusting in your goodness, we ask you for the desires of our hearts……We pray especially for those we know to be suffering, whether in body or in spirit, and we lift them to you now by speaking their names…..For these we name before you, O God, and for those we hold in our hearts…

Lord, in your mercy… hear our prayer.

We thank you, O God, for the gift that Pax Carlo is to his family and to the world.  In our prayers for him now, hear the hunger of our own hearts reflected.

Lord in your mercy… hear our prayer.

As we celebrate the baptism of Pax, we pray you deliver him, O Lord, from the way of sin and death.     Open his heart to your grace and truth.  Fill him with your holy and life-giving Spirit, and teach him to love others in the power of that Spirit.

Lord in your mercy… hear our prayer.

Send him into the world in witness to your love and, when the time is right, bring him to the fullness of your peace and glory.

Lord in your mercy… hear our prayer.

Amen.

Written by Dorothea Toews, to be offered in worship on the 10th Sunday after Pentecost, August 4, 2010.

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