Prayers of the People | July 24

Prayers of the People | July 24

I call the community to a time of prayer.

We gather under your name, God, and in our identity as your beloved. Help us to live into the reality of the world as you mean it to be done, to see the world as you see it.

You tell us repeatedly not to be afraid. But we look at the political situation unfolding in the States, at the myriad ways that human rights are being violated across the globe, and the sense of dislocation, change and uncertainty in our own lives, and we confess: we are afraid.

We take a moment in silence to confess our fears to you.

Give us courage to face the unknown. Help us work for justice. Teach us to be merciful.

Keep us rooted in hope, knowing that you are with us.

Lord in your mercy,

Hear our prayer.

As the Fringe Festival comes to an end, we thank you for art and story and spectacle. We ask that you bless the people who were involved in creating, performing, volunteering and participating in the Fringe in our congregation and beyond.

Lord in your mercy,

Hear our prayer.

We pray for our church of saint Benedict’s table, our priest Jamie and our wardens, Rachel and Don. We especially pray for the Anglican Church of Canada and the prayerful work done at the General Synod. We welcome the decision to affirm same-sex marriage and pray for your peace and grace to pervade the transition in canon law, keeping us united in our faith in you. We also pray for those for whom church is not a safe place and ask that You would make Yourself known to all who seek You; that we would all be found in You.

Lord in your mercy,

Hear our prayer.

We are mindful of the needs of those known to us: for those who are sick or suffering, alone or isolated, or who have other needs and challenges. I invite you to name them aloud now. *Silence* For these named aloud, those spoken in the silence of our hearts, and especially for those for whom we have forgotten to pray

Lord in your mercy

Hear our prayer.

Grant a peaceful end and eternal rest to all who are dying, and your comfort to those who mourn.

Lord in your mercy,

Hear our prayer.

 

Composed and read by Kalyn Falk

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