Prayers of the People | July 14th

I call the community into a time of prayer.

 

God we pray for the gift of silence so we can hear you in the depth of our souls.  In silence we ask that we may discern how to care for one another, how to find healing in our wounds, and how to be aware we are never alone.

 

We pray without ceasing …..            Response: Creator in silence answer our prayer

 

We pray for the gift of obedience for ourselves and our leaders.  May each of us surrender our will to your service, along with the leaders of the church: Bishop Don Phillips; all priests and deacons—in particular Jamie Howison, Helen Kennedy, Vincent Solomon, and Allison Chubb; all deacons, and all lay ministers who serve the community of saint benedict’s table and beyond. May we all be examples, for we pray to give up our own will to serve your people and to follow you and accept our roles and ministries in your church.

 

We pray without ceasing ……           Response: Creator in silence answer our prayer

 

We pray for the gift of humility so it is not our will that is to be done, not our fears that we act upon, not our ego that is to be satisfied, not our desire for control that needs to be forced upon others.  Instead through a love of God, may we imitate Christ and seek patience, courage, wisdom, love and service.

 

We pray without ceasing ……           Response: Creator in silence answer our prayer

 

We pray for the gift of gratitude for our lives, homes, food, families, friends, churches, workplaces, leisure activities, interests, musical abilities, health, supports, and all that makes us who we are. We pray gratitude be with us every moment in every day in our waking, in our rising, in our sleeping and in every other day.

 

We pray without ceasing ……           Response: Creator in silence answer our prayer

 

We pray on behalf of the whole world for the gifts of compassion, forgiveness, acceptance, and hospitality in light of events this week.  We pray these gifs are present in all those affected by the events this week and remember mourning community of Lac-Mégantic, the victims of floods throughout Alberta, Saskatchewan and Toronto, and those seeking peace in Egypt and Syria.

 

We pray without ceasing ……           Response: Creator in silence answer our prayer

 

We pray for the gift of hospitality, that all those here at St. Benedict’s may show kindness to the stranger who enters this place. In particular we pray for Agape Table, House Blend Ministry, El Shaddai in Haiti, and Manitoba Pioneer Camp.

 

We pray without ceasing ……           Response: Creator in silence answer our prayer

 

We are called at this moment to speak the names of those we hold in our hearts at this time.

 

For all those names spoken and unspoken and for those we may have forgotten. God may it be  according to your will that our prayers are answered.

 

We pray without ceasing ……           Response: Creator in silence answer our prayer

 

God we are called to remember our friends, family members and co-workers who have died; this night holding before you the life and death of Brenda, and praying for Margaret and Jessica as they grieve the loss of their mom. May we always reach out to those seeking comfort in their loss of a loved one.

 

We pray without ceasing ……           Response: Creator in silence answer our prayer

 

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