Prayers of the People | September 5

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, and of the diversity of your people, that is manifest in countless ways.  Replace our fear, prejudice, and selfishness, with the desire to seek you, Lord, in each and every person.   Inspire us to hunger and thirst for what is right, and teach us the courage to love in the ways shown to us by your son Jesus Christ.

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.  Deliver us from our greed, and fill us with awe in the face of all you have made.  Grant us the wisdom to protect your gifts to us, from which there is enough for every creature.

Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Among us there are those who suffer tangibly in body, in spirit, or in mind.  Trusting in your grace, Lord, we lift to you the names of those whose needs are known to us, speaking their names aloud or in our hearts. ……. Among us also are those blind to our own need.  Teach us to see, to name, and to confess our weakness, trusting in the reality of forgiveness and your healing power. For those 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 in your mercy hear our lamentations, lead those grieving to your comfort and give hope those who mourn.  Even amidst our sorrow, reveal to us the richness of your promises to your people.

Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Amen.

Written by Jon Sears, to be offered in worship on the 15th Sunday after Pentecost, September 5, 2010.

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