Prayers of the People | August 21

I call this community into a time of prayer.

Loving God, we are your beloved sons and daughters and so we pray to you with confidence, responding to the invitation “Lord in your mercy,” by saying “Hear our prayer.”

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.  


Serving God, we pray for all people who minister in Christ’s name that they may remain faithful to their calling and find joy in their work. Thank you for those who serve here at st benedict’s table in ways we see each week and in quiet ways we often fail to notice.  Today we pray especially for those who clean up after us each Sunday night – sorting the menus, cleaning the communion linens, and washing the coffee pot.

Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer.  

Wise God, we pray for all who provide leadership amongst the nations, inspire them to act in ways that allow all people to lead peaceable lives.

Grant success to all those who work for peace and justice, give them joy in their work, and help them to be patient, courageous, and to persevere.

Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer.  

Playful God, we pray for this city and all who live here, the poor and the rich, the elderly and the young, men and women; that your abundant goodness will be visible to all.  We thank you for all the festivals that fill the streets each summer with life and vitality. As festival season comes to an end and the weather slowly turns colder, keep our eyes open and continue to soften our hearts as we find ways to engage with others.

Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer.  

Compassionate God, we love you, we want to be more like you, and yet so often we stumble and fall.  Inspire us to get up and try again. Free us from fear and from shame.

Be also with those who have been wounded by our failings. Reconcile us to you and to each other.

Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer.  

Kind God, many of us are grieving – we feel pain because of broken relationships, unjust work situations, the weight of poverty, or the deep pain of loss we feel at the death of someone we love. Comfort us as we cry out to you. We ask this for ourselves and for those we are near to us speaking their names aloud or in the silence of our hearts…

Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer.  

Merciful God, we offer you these prayers, imperfect as they are, in the name of your Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ.

Composed and read by Rachel Twigg Boyce

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