Prayers of the People | April 22

God, we, the church, continue to celebrate Easter. Thank you for sending Jesus to dwell among us and show us that love wins. Thank you for this feast season that defines who we are as a people of faith. Teach us through the familiar stories, told again and again, the importance of humility and of loving our enemies. Open our minds so that we may understand, and our hearts so that we may be shaped.

 

Lord, in your mercy…… hear our prayer.

 

God,

 

Thank you for this worshipping community. For some of us, this is the place we come to meet you, and for others of us, it has become one of many places you are found. We ask you to bless richly the relationships that form as we gather. Teach us to love and support each other, in faith and doubt and joy and sorrow. Thinking of those whose needs we know, and thinking of those who serve us by leading, we name our prayers aloud. ______________________________.

 

Lord, in your mercy…… hear our prayer.

 

God,

 

We pray for this beautiful world you have created. As we observe earth day, we are mindful of this planet’s remarkable beauty and its ability to sustain life through countless interdependencies. We confess that we often fail to respect the earth as our mother. We get carried away, as children sometimes do, with all that we want and think we should have. Teach us to honour the earth that gives us life. Teach us to ask each day for our daily bread, and no more, so that all may live.

 

Lord, in your mercy…… hear our prayer.

 

God,

 

In our circles of life, we must sometimes come to places of death and dying. Give us courage to look death in the face, respecting it as part of our journey and yet ascribing to it no lasting power. Walk with us as we watch for the new life that comes out of death. Guide us into new relationships and communities when we must let go of other ones. Keep all of your faithful, living and dead, safe in your loving care.

 

Lord, in your mercy…… hear our prayer.

 

Amen.

Written by Dorothea Toews and offered in worship on April 22

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