Prayers of the People | October 17

Icall the community into a time of prayer.  We gather here this evening to breath in the wonder of who you are God.  As your people, created in your image, it is within our capacity to live and faith in ways that defy the conventional.  May everything we do be done with hearts laden with conviction.  May we love, trust and be known to all as your children and may we generously share all that we are with those around us.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for st. benedict’s table.  Lord in your goodness you have granted us a place of community whereby we can pause from the bustle of the week and focus intently on you.  Thank-you for each one gathered here.  Guide those who lead, may they seek you first in all they do.  Be with those who follow, may their focus remain on you herein and without.  May we indeed make a joyful noise to your ears as we worship in your presence.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for our city.  Amidst the throes of municipal elections, we are eager to see effective leadership that will benefit all those who live here.  Thank-you God for the opportunity to live in a place where we can exercise democratic freedom. May we seek to be informed voters, knowledgeable of the wants and needs of our city and equally knowledgeable of the platforms of those who wish to lead.  And may those who seek leadership remain ever mindful of those they represent, leading with honesty and humility.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for the greater world beyond our horizon.  Thank-you for the life giving stories of survival and peace that came out of Chile and Afghanistan this week.  Amidst the turmoil and despair, there is joy and hope and may we be reminded of these always.  For creative minds, strong backs, patient and willing listeners and healing hands, may your people continue to rise up and have an impact.

Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We take this time now to pray for the needs of those known to us; for those who are sick or suffering, alone or isolated, or who have other needs and challenges.  I invite you now to pray aloud the names of those known to you.  For those named aloud, those spoken in the silence of our hearts, and for the ones we have forgotten,

Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Written by Brett Schmall, to be offered in worship on the 21st Sunday after Pentecost, October 17, 2010.

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