Prayers of the People | November 27

Prayers of the People offered this week at saint benedict’s table

Watch, then, because you do not know when the master of the house is coming – it might be in the evening or at midnight or before dawn or at sunrise.  If he comes suddenly, he must not find you asleep.  What I say to you, then, I say to all.  Watch! O God, we are watching – as our liturgical calendar suggests, we await with anticipation.

We watch and wait for you, O Lord.  In your mercy, Hear Our Prayer.

In late November, our landscape has a new backdrop of snow transformed with tinsel, lights and animation.  We are moving from the bleak month of Remembrance of our war heroes to the season of Advent initiated many centuries ago by the coming of a Baby Boy.  Our senses will be distracted by secular consumerism and religious traditions but we call on our informed spirituality, capacity for discernment and your guidance to filter and shape this journey.  May we choose a path that feels less stress, invite creative ways of giving, and be open to the unexpected, O God, as we look amongst the crowd, around the corner, and amidst the mayheim for this Christ Child.

We watch and wait for you, O Lord.  In your mercy, Hear Our Prayer.

During this season, we are fiercely aware of the imbalance of resources and the Occupy Movement challenges us to rethink how Capitalism works in this country.  Could there be a day when equity is achieved, when we actually do not rest if we know of someone in need?  Could we consider giving to a charity rather than that gift exchange at work – for the sake of giving?  Father – as we are the Clay and you are the Potter, make us malleable enough to reshape our worldview, to invite change to long-held tradition, to join the dance of reciprocity.  Thank you for the efforts of Marc and Craig Kielberger – founders of the WE Movement.  In our Mission Outreach, we continue to pray, support and visualize whole the recipients of Agape Table, Home Uganda, and the work in Haiti.

We watch and wait for you, O Lord.  In your mercy, Hear Our Prayer.

Globally, we pray for strategies for calm in Cairo and for protection from seasonable weather patterns.  Locally, as we continue to enjoy beautiful weather, we ask for safety in travel, protection from flues and viruses, and opportunities to welcome healthy minds, active bodies and open spirits in the days ahead and even as colder temperatures ascend.  We pray for an end to ongoing turmoil in parts of our city where gangs, drugs, and violence prevail.  We remember the Sisters of the Church in Burlington and  St. John’s Baptist Church and Rout Bah in Durham.  We pray for our national and diocesan leaders as well as Jamie, Helen, Larry, and Jaylene.  At this time, we are called to offer up our brothers and sisters in need – for those experiencing ill health, economic or employment changes or loss of loved ones.  Please take these moments to mention aloud or in your heart those for whom we pray.  For every breath we take, every move we make, every step we take, thank you that you watch and care for us.

We watch and wait for you, O Lord.  In your mercy, Hear Our Prayer.

For all the tables this community surrounds, thank you for the table we will approach in our endless, inclusive, circle of the sacrament.  The bread will fill us, the wine will calm us, and we will be reminded that we are not alone.  We remain open to that awesome power that can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine.

As we move into busy weeks, May the light of God surround us; The love of God enfold us; the power of God protect us; the presence of God watch over us; For wherever we are, God Is……as We Watch, We Wait, and We Long for You.


Written by Nancy Constantine and offered in worship on November 27, 2011

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