Prayers of the People | November 21

Almighty God, we give you thanks for the church, in its many and diverse forms throughout the world.  We pray that your spirit would be present everywhere that your children gather, to guide and instruct and bestow blessing.  On our own we are only human, O God, so we ask for the gift of love to unite us.

Singing, we cry out to you…

God of justice, in homes on my street and in places all over the world, there is violence, oppression, and injustice.  We invite you, O God, into every place where human beings are hurting one another.  We implore you to soften calloused hearts, and to instill courage in those who struggle daily in the work of making your kingdom come.  Teach us again that rich relationships and vibrant communities are the truest form of wealth.

Singing, we cry out to you…

Protecting God, we offer into your care those whom we hold dear.  Safely deliver those who are travelling.  Comfort those who are unwell in body or in mind.  Reassure those who are anxious about the unexpected twists their lives are taking.  In all these things, O God, as you care for your children, make us the hands and feet and voices of your love.

Singing, we cry out to you…

Eternal God, even as you bless us with life, we are conscious of our frailty as your creatures.  We have lost loved ones already, and some of us live in the reality of more loss soon to come.  Hold us close in these times, and don’t let our spirits be broken.  Fill us with joy for the time we have been given.

Singing, we cry out to you…

Hear the cry of our hearts, O God.  Amen.

Written by Dorothea Toews, to be offered in worship on the Last Sunday before Advent: the reign of Christ, November 21, 2010.

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