Prayers of the people | March 18

Heavenly Father, we thank you for sending your only Son, Jesus, not to condemn the world but to save it.  Let your holy catholic church stand firmly in the light of Christ, living by the truth & celebrating what you have done for us in fervent love & mercy.

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

Even as we were dead in our transgressions & slaves to our sinful natures & desires, we have been made alive in Christ & saved by grace alone. We stand before you God, with all of our flaws & shortcomings, acquitted by your mercy through faith in Christ. In sheer wonder let us boast only of the magnificence of your gift of salvation, the boundlessness of your love, the depth of your grace, and the height of your kindness.

Lord, in your mercy… Hear our prayer

Almighty God, we pray for troubled parts of the world: Syria – where rioting & human rights abuses continue to swell; Iran – where a perilous dictatorship flexes its nuclear muscles against Israel & the West; Afghanistan – as it grieves the loss of innocents shot by a U.S. soldier. Bring calm, peace & justice. We also pray for those nations continuing to rebuild after natural disasters – Haiti & Japan. Grant them strength, faith & steady progress in their efforts.

Lord, in your mercy… Hear our prayer

Gracious Lord, you have blessed Manitoba with a mild winter, early spring days & favourable flood conditions this year. We give thanks & ask your continued blessing on our farms, businesses & communities. Let us serve you & honourably support each other.

Lord, in your mercy… Hear our prayer

We pray for this community of St. Benedict’s Table and our priest, Jamie Howison. Bless the missions we’re connected with –  El Shaddai in Haiti, Agape Table & other core ministries in Winnipeg. 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 presented in worship on March 18

 

 

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