Prayers of the People | October 26

Prayers of the People | October 26

Father, we come to you this beautiful Autumn evening in the season of Thanksgiving, Remembrance and for this community, our ongoing 10th anniversary celebration. We have seen many people come and go and leave their footprint with us; we have empowered, enriched many people and projects; and we have grown in love, support, and trust of one another in our growing pains of crawling, walking, and now running with our established mission community. As we recently were given a detailed interpretation of the eucharist, may we continue to grow and flourish in our creative responses to worship. May our hearts and souls be fed by that divine liturgy so our actions can mirror Jesus’ inclusive kingdom. In all our dialogue and dining; our engagement and education; and our conversation and communion, be present, O Lord. We pray for Jamie, Larry, Jaylene and Carolyn and others that facilitate and mentor our journey and ask your blessing on Gord and his return to us.

In thanksgiving, in remembrance, and in celebration,
Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer
.

Our prayers are asked for the National and Diocesan church and its leaders, for our commitment to El Shadai in Haiti, and next door at Agape Table. This evening, the lessons remind us that you not only eat with the outcast, reach out to the untouchables, and embrace the powerless, you also challenge those motivated by evil. O Father, gently walk with us outside our comfort zones, to risk more, to work alongside people new to us, and to be faithful witnesses no matter what the context or encounter. Keep our Nation safe in light of this weeks’ assault in Ottawa and may our collective consciousness not be dispelled by darkness and evil. We remember the life and sacrifice of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, the heroics of Sargeant at Arms, Kevin Vickers, and the troubled life of the perpetrator. We also remember Patrice Vincent, a soldier killed in a hit and run in Quebec, also this week. Locally, we continue to pray for attention to the missing and murdered Aboriginal Women and remain hopeful and optimistic with the election of Brian Bowman as our Mayor.

In thanksgiving, in remembrance, and in celebration,
Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer
.

For regimes disabled by war, for regions stricken with Ebola and other diseases and for radical thinking resulting in random acts of violence all over the world, we ask your grace and care. Thank you for the insular, prairie cocoon that enfolds us, the beautiful fall weather, and the endless options for healthy exercise and activities. Make us mindful of our senses in the change of our landscape – the sounds of bird migration, leaves crushing our paths beneath our feet, the musty smell of mulched leaves and the remnants in our gardens and the feel of soft, gentle breezes.

In thanksgiving, in remembrance, and in celebration,
Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer
.

Our focus now moves to those around us, among us, or known to us needing prayers at this time. For any suffering from shattered dreams, broken relationships, loss of employment, separation from loved ones, or experiencing any dis-ease of body, mind or spirit, we commit their needs to you. Please take this moment to name those in need. For those who have died, we affirm their worth, their lives, and their stories. As our schedules are now fully engaged after summer reprieve, help us to stay connected with this community of saint benedict’s table – sharing bread, faith, and our narratives. We are all at different stages of our lives – with our families, vocations, and priorities – all with respective challenges. We all have hopes and dreams, fears and grief, joy and expectations that are better shared in community than bound in isolation. For all the tables where we meet, in learning, in coping and sharing, in art and creativity, and in this venue where we are fed the body and blood of Christ, we are so blessed with your endless capacity to fill and fulfill us.

As we are nearing November 11th season of armistice and in light of the death of two soldiers this week killed outside the context of war, we close with the words of Laurence Binyon:

They shall grow not old as 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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