Prayers of the People | July 22

Holy God, in your infinite mercy we have been accepted as fellow citizens with your people & members of your household. With Christ as our chief cornerstone, let your church on earth rise to become your holy temple, a place for your spirit to dwell within our hearts & minds forever.

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

Gracious Father, we thank you that we who were once foreigners, living far away from your presence, have been brought near through the blood of Jesus. Christ has reconciled us in peace with our brothers to God through the cross. Help us to live in peace with all people.

Lord, in your mercy…  Hear our prayer

We hold before you those corners of the world wrought with violence, oppression, fear & abuses – especially Syria, Sudan & Somalia. We also pray for the Palestinians. Restore these nations  to peace, prosperity,  freedom, & equality,  for the sake of your kingdom.

Lord, in your mercy… Hear our prayer

Even as we enjoy summer sunshine, our gardens & outdoor activities, we pray for needed rain for our land & relief from the heat especially in those regions where temperatures soar & vulnerable people suffer or perish.

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 for those for whom we have forgotten to pray, bring comfort, healing & wholeness to each according to their need.

Lord, in your mercy…  Hear our prayer

We remember loved ones who have departed, and we pray for all those who mourn their passing. We also pray for those who grieve 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 July 22, 2012

 

 

 

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