Prayers of the people | November 13

God as we continue to enter into this season of darkness may we take time to reflect on where you have called us to.  Help us to recognize the gifts you have given us.  May fear of using our gifts be replaced by our trust in you! May we recognize opportunities to use our gifts, and may we also praise you for giving us so many gifts to love one another as you have loved us.

We Cry to you……

Teach us to number our days;
Grant us Your wisdom and peace.

God you have called the leaders of the church, all bishops especially Bishop Don Phillips, all priests especially Jamie Howison and Helen Mansfield, all deacons, and all lay ministers especially those who serve the community of St. Benedict’s table to follow you and accept their roles and ministries in your church.  Also we pray they continue to serve by being blessed with your wisdom, discernment, zeal, joy, imagination, compassion, and those spiritual gifts and earthly resources which meet their greatest needs.

We Cry to you……

Teach us to number our days;
Grant us Your wisdom and peace.

God remember all the needs of Home Omuka in Uganda, the clinics of Haiti, the sisters of Burlington Ontario, Agape Table, and the ministries represented here throughout the city of Winnipeg.

We Cry to you……

Teach us to number our days;
Grant us Your wisdom and peace.

God we remember Veterans week, we remember the stories of lives lost as well as those left to mourn, and generations left to heal where war has taken place.  God may we all remember these stories so we may strive for peace internally and externally.   For by remembering the sorrow of lives never lived but sacrifices that they will never be forgotten. Lest we not forget

We Cry to you……

Teach us to number our days;
Grant us Your wisdom and peace.

God we ask that all of us, citizens and government representatives, all over the world, be open to hearing to your wisdom on how to heal our unstable economies especially in Greece and Italy.  May we be able to provide for those most marginalized, may work be plentiful, and may we all reflect on what each of us can do in our own lives in support of a just and economically fair world.

We Cry to you……

Teach us to number our days;
Grant us Your wisdom and peace.

God we are called at this moment to speak the names of those we hold in our hearts at this time__________________________________.

For all those names spoken and unspoken, and for those we many have forgotten, we ask you God to take our prayers and may it be your will that is to be done.

We Cry to you……

Teach us to number our days;
Grant us Your wisdom and peace.

God we are called to remember all those who have die, especially the young people who tragically drowned near Garden Hill, may we keep the community in our prayers as they experience healing in their mourning.  We also remember our own friends and family who have died, and may we always reach out to those seeking comfort in their loss of a loved one.

We Cry to you……

Teach us to number our days;
Grant us Your wisdom and peace.

Written by Helen Mikolajewski and offered in Worship on             November 13, 2011


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