Prayers of the People | November 10th

O God, at this annual time of remembrance, our thoughts turn to the violence, fear and pain of war.  Come gently into our worship this evening that we may know your peace – not the peace of violence ignored and fear repressed, but the true peace of evil confronted, injustice exposed, and reconciliation achieved.  We come in sincerity and hope.  For all the connections to war, we pray for parents and grandparents who served in WWI, WWII, the Vietnam and Korean Wars, soldiers who fought or are in peacekeeping capacities in Afghanistan, and refugees who now call Canada their home, after fleeing their unspeakable realities of war.  In this traditional setting where we worship, may we be mindful of the ever-present symbols of loss and grief  – that hang above us – the flags that serve as profound and lasting reminders of sacrifice.  

Lord, In Your Mercy, Hear Our Prayer.

 

The lessons we heard offer reminders of how to live our lives today.  It is not that having gold and chariots is wrong – only if we are defined by them.  And why should we love not only our friends and neighbours but those we really don’t like and are not nice to us?  Well, our expression of acceptance and love could be the very catalyst that affects change in their lives.  That very moment where we offer embrace is the greatest example of grace and holiness.  In the words of John Longhurst ‘extending love and kindness can change the world’.  We pray for those marginalized as they struggle with addictions, suffer mental health issues and are often homeless.  We remember older veterans living in personal care homes and younger veterans who may struggle with amputations, PTSD, re-adapting to family life and finding purpose after honorably serving our country.  As the season of consumerism begins immediately following Nov. 11th   – with flickering lights, holiday music and the mad dash to Christmas, may we find creative approaches to channel our energy, resources and good will.  

Lord, In Your Mercy, Hear Our Prayer.

 

We are reminded to pray for the National, Diocesan and local churches of Rupertsland.  In our small corner of Saintbenedictstable, we thank you for the creative options and approaches to worship we enjoy as well the opportunity and privilege to support El Shaddai in Haiti and Agape Table here.  As we tire from the media’s obsession with people in public life, once again we pray that those appointed and elected into positions of power and influence reflect values of integrity, honesty, and respect.  Our prayers go out to people in the Phillipines hit by Typhoon Haiyan as well as those affected by flooding and fires in the U.S. and the earthquake in Pakistan.   Praying seems so futile to those who have lost their homes, loved ones and whose landscape has forever changed.  Please instill in victims the power of the human spirit as the world responds to recovery, restoration and rebuilding.  Thank you for the insular, prairie cocoon where we have enjoyed a beautiful fall season – as we anticipate the challenges of winter’s cold.

Lord, In Your Mercy, Hear Our Prayer.

 

As we come to the time in our service where we form the endless circle of the sacrament, we thank you that you invite us to eat and drink at no cost.  Forgive us our sins, when we have failed you, our brothers and sisters and not loved our neighbours as ourselves.  For those among us or known to us struggling on this night with dis-ease of body, mind, or spirit, we extend their care to you.  Please take this moment to name aloud or in your heart those in need.  For those who have died, we ask your peace, those who mourn; your comfort.  To everything there is a season and a time for every matter under heaven.  Tonight, we are mindful of a time for war and a time for peace.

They shall grow not old,

And we that are left grow old.

Age shall not weary them.

Nor the years condemn.

At the going down of the sun

And in the morning.

We will remember them

AMEN

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