Prayers of the People | January 30

O n this cold January evening, we come to you in prayer, O God.  Thank you that we are surrounded in the safe cocoon of this community with warm bodies, full stomachs and the keen awareness of our privileged lives.  Beyond these walls, people are cold and hungry, and beyond our borders, people live with war, violence, famine and fear.  Tonight’s lessons remind us of the challenges we face as Christians – the dichotomy of the empty and full, the righteous and humble, the persecuted and free and we have opportunities as recipients and facilitators of your grace.  Blessed are the persecuted. May your mercy come quickly to meet us.

Lord In Your Mercy, Hear Our Prayer.

We pray for the church, for this liturgy and the monastic tradition of our faith and observances.  Thank you for Jamie, Helen, John, Larry, Gord and Audrey and for all the gifts they bring to various tables.  We also offer to you those whom we support as far away as Haiti and as close as Agape Table.  Thank you for the staff and volunteers who create urban oases for our city’s impoverished and homeless at shelters and soup kitchens.  Blessed are the hungry.  Give us all a keen sense of how we can do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with our God.  We pray for renewed funding for the Circle of Courage gang prevention program and celebrate Hannah Taylor’s ‘Walk a Mile in Their Shoes’ event on Monday.  Blessed are the merciful. May your mercy come quickly to meet us.

Lord In Your Mercy, Hear Our Prayer.

We are reminded daily of unrest in the Middle East, our troops in war-ravaged Afghanistan, and random acts of violence throughout the U.S. and Canada.  We pray for leaders, to believe in and emulate peace; we pray for soldiers whose sacrifice is for peace; and that people who thrive on the alternative will be shaken, stopped and held accountable.  Blessed are the peacemakers.  The media also brings us stories of countries and regions plagued by irregular weather patterns – floods, mudslides, blizzards, and temperature anomolies.  As the winter snow continues to accumulate, we pray that ample preparation will thwart spring flooding.  May we consciously do what we can to reduce our carbon footprint in preservation of the earth in product selection, transportation options, and daily resource use.  Blessed are they that hunger and thirst for righteousness. May your mercy come quickly to meet us.

Lord In Your Mercy, Hear Our Prayer.

At this time, we remember those known to us needing prayer.  For those facing economic challenges, clinical issues of the body, mind or spirit, whatever the need, please take a moment to mention aloud or in your hearts folks who desire a shift in their experience. Blessed are the poor in spirit………….For those who have died, grant them peace; to those who mourn, comfort.  Blessed are those who mourn.  As we approach the time in our service where we form the open, inclusive circle of the sacrament, thank you that you invite us to eat and drink at no cost.  The bread will fill us; the wine will calm us, and we will be reminded that we are not alone.  As we offer and accept the peace with our peers this evening, forgive us when we have failed you in any way, O God.  May our avarice, our neglect, our desire to covet – be transformed to make us charitable, open and giving.  Blessed are the meek. May your mercy come quickly to meet us.

Lord In Your Mercy, Hear Our Prayer


Written by Nancy Constantine, to be offered in worship on the Fourth Sunday in Epiphany, January 30, 2011.

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