Prayers of the people | January 8

God, at the outset of this new year, we come before you with hearts filled with anticipation.  May we arise and shine as people of faith, living daily in an effort to let your love be known.  Despite our various situations that hinder and weigh us down, lift our eyes up to look and see all that you have in store that we may rejoice in your steadfastness and know and feel your love.

 

Singing we cry out to you; …blessed be God forever.

 

God, we thank you for the various faith communities both near and far who desire to have an impact in your name.  From around the world to around the block, may your blessing pour out upon your people as they seek to be a blessing to others.

 

Singing we cry out to you; …blessed be God forever.

 

We pray for this community of st. benedict’s table.  Thank-you for the opportunity to gather and worship together.  Despite the busyness of our lives, may we remain committed to you and in-turn each other, striving to be obedient to your call and loving each other as we have been loved by You.

 

Singing we cry out to you; …blessed be God forever.

 

We pray for the needs of the world, and particularly those places that continue to be torn by war and violence.  May we be constantly mindful of the world beyond our horizon, cautious to never grow stale in our own comforts.  For losses had, sacrifices made, and those who mourn, may the peace longed for by so many, one day be known to all.

 

Singing we cry out to you; …blessed be God forever.

We pray for this city and all those who live here. During the winter season, we are made readily aware of the wants and needs of many within our greater community.  May we strive to be generous in our living, so that no one would go without.

 

Singing we cry out to you; …blessed be God forever.

 

We pray for the needs of those known to us; for those who are sick or suffering, alone or isolated, or who have other needs and challenges.  (I invite you now to pray aloud the names of those known to you.)  For those named aloud, those spoken in the silence of our hearts, and for the ones we have forgotten,

 

Singing we cry out to you; …blessed be God forever.

Written by Brett Schmall and offered in worship on January 8, 2012

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