Prayers of the People | June 15

Let us pray.

Our Father, we come to You with hearts of thanksgiving this Trinity Sunday and this Father’s Day, grateful for the truth that You are our spiritual Father. You are the creator of the Earth and of all of its intricate and infinite beauties, and in the midst of this wonderful creation. You have chosen us, and have called us into Your spiritual family as Your very own spiritual children, and You desire us to live in communion with You and with each other, as one family in the House of God. We are in awe of the depth of Your love to have been chosen as precious members of Your heavenly and transcendent family and we are overwhelmed and humbled at the wonder of all of this

Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

Merciful God, we are mindful that we are dust and we are achingly aware of our own mortality and of our personal and collective limitations, of our tendency to make mistakes and to falter as we look to walk hand in hand with You. We ask that You grant us forgiveness in those areas of our lives that are held down by the weight of our sin and rebellion and we pray that the Holy Spirit might enlighten our consciences and make way a path to freedom and deliverance in the many areas of our lives in which we struggle. In faith, we are delighted that You, our tri-une God, look beyond the exterior of our limitations and shortcomings and that You see our hearts and that You cherish our desire to draw closer to You and to be in communion with You.

Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

Loving Trinity, hear us at this time as we join our hearts in prayer. I invite each daughter or son in this place to join me as we take a moment to call to mind our own earthly fathers, and to release into God’s care the reality of all the joys and sorrows as well as the immense gratitude and the need for forgiveness which often encompasses this complex and primary relationship and to surrender this relationship into the care of the Almighty. For You, Lord, are the sweet, merciful One, who, day upon day, carefully stitches the seams of Your love into the tattered fabric of our torn and broken lives and with the thread of forgiveness and the cloak of renewal You are able to somehow weave within us the courage to accept acceptance and by Your grace to be healed in spite of the wounds we may suffer along the way in our relationships.

Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

Merciful God, together we pray for the unity of Your church across the globe, that, by Your grace working in each one of us, we might surrender to one another in openness, tolerance and love, and that individually and collectively, we might consciously work to exercise the courage to strengthen and bring healing and unity to any separation which may exist within the body of Christ. And like Abraham and Sarah, that we might be open to You who alone can birth within each one of us newness and possibility if we surrender our hearts to You.

We pray particularly for a holy conscience to fill the minds and hearts of political leaders across the world, whose countries are at war and who citizens are the helpless victims of unjust and self-serving conflicts. We pray specifically for the leadership and people of Russia, of Ukraine, of Syria, of Nigeria, of India, of Pakistan and of Iraq. We continue to pray especially for the safe return of the abducted school girls in Nigeria and for the women in countries like India and Pakistan who have continue to endure and suffer sexual abuse and degradation within the walls of their culture; protect and deliver them.

Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

We pray also, that You continue to guide, shepherd and keep close to You those who make up the staff here at st. benedict’s table and for all who sit as members of the kitchen table and for all the volunteers and members who attend worship each week and in doing so, contribute to the life and vibrancy of this community of faith.

Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

Loving God, we pray for them needs in the neighbourhoods across the city of Winnipeg from which we have come. We pray especially for the individuals of the ministry of Agape Table and for the West Broadway neighbourhood in which we have our church home. Work in each one of us wherever we find ourselves to be hospitable and to extend a hand of warm welcome to all in our path.

Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

In faith and assurance, Lord, we offer up to you those individuals in our families and our lives who find themselves in a time of need and would welcome the support and relief of our prayers on their behalf. We name aloud or remember in our hearts each loved one who is hurting or in need. We pray not only for those with whom we are in unity, but we call to mind especially those with whom we suffer separation. By Your grace and mercy let our humble prayer be a path of transformation and renewed unity toward those with whom we are in broken relationships. We take this minute of silence and offer our prayer to You, loving Father.

Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

Amen.

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