Prayers of the People | December 23

I

want to call the community of Saint Benedict’s Table into a time of prayer…

 

Be silent.
Be still.
Alone.
Empty
Before your God.
Say nothing.
Ask nothing.
Be silent.
Be still.
Let your God look upon you.
That is all.
God knows.
God understands.
God loves you
With an enormous love,
And only wants
To look upon you
With that love.
Quiet.
Still.
Be.

Let your God—
Love you.

 

 

Let us pray for the Community of saints. I invite you to respond to the invitation “Lord in your mercy,” by saying, “Hear our prayer.”

 

Heavenly Father, we pray for all who call on the name of the Lord: that we may be saved, becoming a royal priesthood, a holy people, to the praise of Christ Jesus our Lord.  We pray for your Church throughout the world: guide and govern us by your Holy Spirit, that all who profess and call themselves Christians may be led according to the life and teaching of Jesus-sacrificially giving of themselves and loving others, thereby restoring your Kingdom here on earth.

 

Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.  

 

We are mindful of those around the world who are experiencing injustice, war, and famine. We lament that things are not the way they should be, and cry out for your speedy intercession. We pray for all who provide leadership amongst the nations, that all people may live lives of shalom, having right relationship with one another. That you would restore righteousness and justice to the nations, and give your healing and comfort to all in need.

 

Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.  

 

We pray for the city of Winnipeg, rural Manitoba, and all who live in Canada, the poor and the rich, the elderly and the young, men and women; that your abundant goodness will be visible to all.

 

Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.  

 

We pray for the victims of our society and those who minister to them. We are mindful of the staff and volunteers of Agape Table, our faith community’s support groups, and the many peoples whose work goes unnoticed. Support and strengthen them, encourage and enrich, empower them by your love and fill them with your Holy Spirit.

 

We are cognizant of the stress and burdens that may become heightened during this Christmas time. Loved ones lost. Those who are anxious, depressed, and in despair. We entrust to your goodness all who are distressed in mind or body. At this time you may say aloud or in the quiet of your hearts those who God brings into frame.

 

(allow silence for people to pray aloud)

 

Comfort and relieve them in their need; restore their image, remind them that you care for them deeply, give them patience in their struggles, and above all surround them in your loving arms.

 

Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

 

Merciful God,

accept these our prayers

for the sake of your Son,

And to the glory of God the Father.

 

Amen.

 

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