Prayers of the people | December 11

We delight in your presence, Sovereign Lord, and rejoice at the promise of salvation that is about to unfold. As your church on earth, we eagerly await your arrival, as an adorned bride longs to receive her bridegroom. In this state of anticipation, may the path to you be made clear and straight. Prepare our hearts & minds as fertile ground for your praise & righteousness.

Lord, in your mercy…Hear our prayer.

We pray for your Chosen People of Israel and for the peace of Jerusalem. By your grace we have been grafted onto this holy tree of life. Honour your eternal covenants with your Chosen Ones so that your glory will be revealed in Zion & all nations will know that YOU are God.

Lord, in your mercy… Hear our prayer.

Merciful God, we pray for all souls that struggle at this particular time of year – those who feel sad, lonely, lost, or out of place; those who face the season for the first time after divorce or death of a loved one; those who have lost jobs or suffer a health crisis; those gripped by addictions or poverty. Anoint them with the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and wrap them in a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair.

Lord, in your mercy… Hear our prayer.

Father Almighty, we hold up to you the nations of the Arab Spring. At this critical time, may emerging leadership respect the social, religious & political rights of all its citizenry. Protect & strengthen the Christian minorities of these countries as they enter a very anxious and uncertain future at this time.

Lord, in your mercy… Hear our prayer.

As the European debt crisis continues to send shock waves into world financial & labour markets, we pray that world leaders act with wisdom & prudence, setting policies that will bring long term economic & social stability. Help us all to live within our means & be good stewards of the gift bestowed on us, to the benefit of those most vulnerable in our world.

Lord, in your mercy… Hear our prayer.

Faithful One, we give thanks to you for the lovely December weather & social gatherings we’ve been enjoying, the colourful lights that surround us in the darkness – a sign of the nearness of your love in this bleak world. Come, Lord Jesus – we watch, we wait, we long for your presence in our lives and the glory of your second coming.

Lord, in your mercy… Hear our prayer.

We pray for this community of St. Benedict’s Table and our priest, Jamie Howison. Bless the mission we’re connected with – Home Uganda, Agape Table & other core ministries in Winnipeg. We pray for the community of El Shaddai Baptist Church in Haiti – for their medical, educational & pastoral ministries. We entrust in your loving care all who are anxious or distressed in mind or body, especially those we name before you..

For those named aloud, and those held in the quiet of our hearts, and especially for those for whom we have forgotten to pray, comfort & relieve them in their needs and strengthen them in their struggles.

Lord, in your mercy… Hear our prayer.

We remember those near to us who have departed, & we pray for all those who mourn loved ones or experience other losses in life. Ease their pain, & bring them your enduring peace.

Lord, in your mercy… Hear our prayer.

Into your hands, oh Lord, we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in your mercy through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN

Written by Rhonda Roman and offered in Worship on December 11, 2011

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