Prayers of the People | August 8

Iwill lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.  O God, we thank you for this beautiful summer weather, for the colorful landscapes of our gardens, restful vistas where we retreat, and for the joy of reunions with family and friends.  As we heard in tonight’s lesson, we have the joy and privilege of being your sons and daughters as well as  the awesome responsibility this carries.  Make us effective stewards to this end as we remain watchful, faithful and ready.

I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.  Lord, In Your Mercy, Hear Our Prayer.

We pray for leaders of this community – for Jamie, Larry and John.  As we embrace the process of discernment, thank you for the dialogue and dissent that takes place at the various tables, both formal and informal.  May that same transparency and accountability be reflected in our elected officials at the National, Provincial, and Civic levels.  We ask for ongoing support to our troops and their families; victims of the tragic devastation in Pakistan, fires in Russia, B.C. Forest Fires and the endless needs of people all over the world whose stories come to us via the media.

I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety. Lord, In Your Mercy, Hear Our Prayer.

We bring before you the vulnerable, abused, neglected, addicted, hungry, frail and demented, the widows and orphans.  May we be God’s hands and heart here on earth – making good use of the gifts and grace he gives us.  For the ministries we support at Agape Table, Home Uganda, and in Haiti, we thank you for the gift of reciprocity – so as we give, so richly we are given.  Whatever an individuals’ failings or fears, we meet Jesus in the people he has touched, making us all equipped to understand and revere his tangible presence in the world.  At this time, we bring before you those known to us needing pray.  Please mention aloud or in silence those in need……May hearts be quieted by the gentle peace of God; bodies strengthened by the promise of His care; and minds restful in the comfort of His spirit.

I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.  Lord, In Your Mercy, Hear Our Prayer.

As we form our circle of Eucharist around your table, thank you for filling and fulfilling us with the power of your body and blood.  Forgive us any sins that stand between the intension of this meal.  May we examine ourselves as we look within for what we have failed to do; as we look outward in the exchange of the peace and our impact on relationships with others; and as we look upward to the challenge of your call.  May we, in response to that call, do justice, love mercy and walk humbly with our God.

I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.  Lord, In Your Mercy, Hear Our Prayer.

AMEN

Written by Nancy Constantine, to be offered in worship on the 11th Sunday after Pentecost, August 8, 2010.

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