Prayers of the People | May 13

Mothering Spirit, You seek to gather together your children from every nation, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings. We thank you for uniting people from all nations under you. We ask that you would teach us to work together as one body, valuing all the different parts of this body for the gifts they bring. Thank you for planting within your church a spirit of humility and confession. Guide us into reconciliation, changed relationships, and healing, as we seek to live faithfully.

 

Singing, we pray to you, O Lord… To all the ends of the earth, Reveal Your saving power O God

 

Creator God,

We offer thanks on this day for our Earth Mother. Teach us to honour her as we should. We also think with grateful hearts of our own mothers, grandmothers, aunts, and sisters, and the many others who mother us and give us life. We honour these people and we give you thanks for them. We ask you, Creator, to bless all who work for peace and justice. Expand for each of us the sacred circle of compassion, that we might bear witness to your love, and humbly serve our neighbours, who are your children.

 

Singing, we pray to you, O Lord… To all the ends of the earth, Reveal Your saving power O God

 

Creator of every element – of flesh and bone and spirit; of kinship, friendship, and community – we are mindful today of our sisters in spirit. Many women from our province have been murdered or are missing, and we hold in our hearts their families and friends, who today are reminded of their loss. Hear our lamentations, and theirs. Many among us have other needs or cares. Show yourself to those among us in distress. Bear our sorrows and cares, we ask, and supply our many needs.  We name aloud the needs known to us: _________.

 

Singing, we pray to you, O Lord… To all the ends of the earth, Reveal Your saving power O God

 

Almighty and eternal God, grant a peaceful end and eternal rest to all who are dying. Today we ask especially that you hold our sisters in spirit in the palm of your hand. In your mercy, lead all who grieve to your comfort and give hope to those who mourn.  Even in our sorrow, reveal to us the infinite richness of your promises to all your people.

 

Singing, we pray to you, O Lord… To all the ends of the earth, Reveal Your saving power O God

 

Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever. Let those he gathered from all the directions – from east and south, from west and north – tell their story and give praise.

 

Amen.

Written by Dorothea Toews and offered in Worship on May 13

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