Prayers of the People | July 20

We come to you in prayer this evening mindful of the headlines that are plaguing television, the internet and social media. The political unrest in the Middle East and the downed Malaysian plane in Kyiv are felt worldwide and we ask that leaders and regimes consider the human cost and economic consequences of ongoing strife. These attacks are unexpected, unbelievable and unfair. We pray for the 298 victims, their legacies and their families. As we cannot comprehend this devastation, thank you for our safe prairie cocoon were we live and for reprieve from anticipated flood waters. We remember others in our country struggling with fires in northern B.C. and Alberta, flooding in Quebec and Ontario and the clean up after Hurricane Arthur in the Maritimes. We pray for the thousands displaced in the Philippines and Vietnam by the relentless typhoon and ask for recovery of bodies for closure to the Liknes and O’Brien families – conscious of the words on their green balloons – ‘God Hear Our Prayers’. For us to make sense out of the senselessness beyond these walls, tonight is our weekly returning from the journey of our daily lives (from the world) to this place where we encounter you in word, worship and sacrament.

In your mercy, Lord,
hear our prayer.

We acknowledge our prayers for ourselves and other and this communities’ commitment of intentional prayer. Teach us to listen in this process, to discern, to make ourselves open to the unexpected, and to be what you want us to be in the world. While we pray for Agape Table, El Shadai in Haiti and projects in the North End, make us stewards in our financial support as well as open to creative, tangible ways of being resourceful. Remind us to continue reciprocity of extending to others the goodness we receive and give us tolerance when we encounter weeds among the wheat. O God, besides this place, there are many spots we encounter you. Over the summer, may we slow the pace, shelf the ‘to do’ list, and find meaningful ways to connect with nature and others. Give us new eyes to see your beauty in urban and rural settings, give us new ears to filter sounds that influence a calmer state of being, give us voice for expression, comfort, and kindness, and give us arms that lovingly embrace those in our circles whose lives are marked with pain, loss and estrangement from you.

In your mercy, Lord,
hear our prayer.

This evening we remember the life of Corporal Ken Barker who could no longer live with the demons and trauma experienced in his life as an RCMP officer. May there be ongoing collective efforts to raise awareness and dismiss the stigma of mental illness for both victims and their families. May professionals in law enforcement, clinicians in mental health settings and workers in healthcare be offered and take advantage of assistance programs that allow them to achieve healthy work/life balance. We pray for others who are fighting battles of dis-ease of body, mind or spirit and name them aloud or in our hearts, at this time. We continue to hold Norm Dyck in your care. We pray for Dr. Barry Nolan who, on this evening, is on the threshold of another life. For those known to us who have died, we ask your comfort to family and friends who mourn.

In your mercy, Lord,
hear our prayer.

Extending from our outreach to local and broader communities and praying for others, we come to this place to be filled and fulfilled – to equip our lives as Christians and for our vocations. Thank you for the ongoing circle of the sacraments and for other ways we are fed – study and discussion groups, music and art appreciation and exposure, and random get-togethers for compline, communion, and conversation. Keep us safe on our summer journeys – whether far away or near to home – whether lake retreats, family reunions, local festivals, whether the backyard hammock or a bench in a city park. Keep us open to see you more clearly, follow you more nearly, and love you more dearly, day by day.

Amen.

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