Prayers of the People | August 24

Father, we come to you in prayer on this late summer evening where we see your mute gospel in our changing landscapes, where we anticipate harvest, and prepare to transition into Fall. Thank you for a summertime of beautiful weather and adventures—for safe travel and happy memories. As we prepare for fuller schedules and more community activity, may we offer our talents to the collective Body of the Church. Whatever our gifts or situations may be, may we commit to employ ourselves humbly, diligently, cheerfully and in simplicity not seeking for our own good or profit but for the good of many. When deeds speak, words are nothing.

In your mercy, Lord,
hear our prayer.

In the world beyond these walls, we continue to ask your divine calm in regions of war in Gaza, Israel, Ukraine, Syria, and Libya. Please remove personalities from politics, end the use of human pons, and bring these regimes to a place where arms are laid down or only used for embrace. May we never take for granted the benefits and blessings of living in a peaceful land with unfettered freedoms to worship, educate ourselves, and to contribute towards an equitable society.

In your mercy, Lord,
hear our prayer.

Tonight, we pray for Tina Fontaine whose life was taken so savagely. We pray for comfort to her family and for the ongoing struggle for an inquiry in the many missing and murdered Aboriginal women in Manitoba and Canada. We also remember the life of Loretta Saunders whose legacy continues in her quest for answers on this same subject through her crusades and her thesis.

We remember her family and others who mourn. For those in our circle and known to us, we remember those struggling with dis-ease of body, mind or spirit—for those living in isolation, estrangement or with varying disabilities. Lord, what we know not, teach us; what we have not, give us; what we see not, show us and what we are not, make us.

In your mercy, Lord,
hear our prayer.

Father, we pray for our National, Diocesan, and Parish Church. At saint benedict’s table, we remember Jamie, Larry, Jaylene, and Audrey and all the ‘behind the scenes’ people whose gifts—tangible or otherwise—define who we are. In reciprocity and in joy, we continue to support the work of Agape Table and El Shadai in Haiti as well as camperships and other city programs. We rejoice at the ongoing and steady recovery of Norm Dyck, pray for George undergoing treatment and Ian, as he waits for test results. We ask your blessing on Alana and Ian married yesterday and for Larry, as he celebrates the life of his mother. In all this, your grace is all we need.

In your mercy, Lord,
hear our prayer.

For the circle of the sacraments we will share, thank you that you fill and fulfill us for our personal journeys, refill and refuel us for our vocations and service to others and remind us that you do more than we can ask or imagine as our Merciful God and Father.

For the lush wooded forests, crystal clear island waters, the vastness of mountains, the salt of the sea, warmth of the sunshine, sand at our feet, twinkling stars, high tides and super moon, campfires and s’mores, hammocks and hats, bikes and hikes—for wherever our summer experiences and adventures took us—thank you for that refreshment and renewal that brings us back to this circle and community of faith.

Amen

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