Prayers of the People | February 14

We come to you in prayer this evening, O Father, fatigued by what seems to be an endless, unforgiving season of wind, cold, and snow.  As the days are beginning to lengthen, the sun is becoming stronger and the birds are making noise, we look ahead with optimism.  In the greater picture and with perspective, thank you that we experience peace and freedom, we enjoy our safe prairie cocoon and we have warm homes, full larders, and purpose.  For the homeless and impoverished, we appreciate the welcoming and hospitable work of soup kitchens and shelters.

When we love without limits, we are a reflection of God.  

Lord, In Your Mercy, Hear Our Prayer.

 

For the past two weeks, we have felt our national pride in watching the Winter Olympics in Sochi.  For all the athletes’ tenacity in training; their joy and humility in success; stoicism in defeat; and tolerance and celebration of all cultures, countries and abilities, we have seen great examples of the Olympic Spirit.  Likewise, may we walk, run, cycle, skate and ski our personal challenges – and may we be motivated in our vocations and causes for equity and peace; disciplined in our faith journey with contemplation, reflection and stewardship.

When we love without limits, we are a reflection of God.

Lord, In Your Mercy, Hear Our Prayer.

 

The lessons this evening invite us to live as authentic Christians by enjoying spirituality rooted in life together as community; to love our neighbours as ourselves to be holy.  And thankfully, we don’t take the ‘eye for an eye’ lesson literally – we strive to live generously and graciously towards others.  When we love without limits, we do mirror God.  For all the tables we surround at Saintbenedictstable, our spirits are fed, our intellects are challenged and our benevolent action is required.  We pray for Agape Table, El Shadia in Haiti and various agencies in the North End – all whom we pledge to support.  We thank you for the strong arm of tradition of the Anglican Church melded with the openness of creativity that defines who we are. 

When we love without limits, we are a reflection of God.

Lord, In Your Mercy, Hear Our Prayer.

 

Tonight, we pray for unrest in Venezuela and Kiev and ongoing recovery in the Phillipines.  We ask that the power of healthy, global communities in Sochi will be an example for a more inclusive, tolerant society.  Here and among us, we pray for those suffering from any dis-ease of body, mind or spirit.  We pray for those struggling in relationship, families with financial pressures, the devastation of terminal illness, mental illness and addictions. Please take this moment to name aloud or in your heart those in need.  We pray for those who mourn, especially Mary Rose and Bill as they mourn the loss of their son, Josh.  Lord, what we have not, give us; what we know not, teach us; what we see not, show us; and what we are not, make us.  

When we love without limits, we are a reflection of God.

Lord, In Your Mercy, Hear Our Prayer.

 

It is by your grace that we surround your endless, inclusive table of the sacraments.  Again and again, you invite us to give and receive the peace, to share in bread and wine at no cost, and to reflect on the privilege and possibilities we have in worship.  May we be empowered yet again, to do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with our God – as we love without limits.

AMEN

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