Prayers of the People | All Saints

Prayers of the People | All Saints

I call the community into a time of prayer.

We take a moment to be mindful of the needs of Christ’s church, in all its forms throughout the world.

Pause for silent reflection.

We pray in particular for the needs of this community and from the churches from which we are drawn.

Pause for silent reflection.

We take a moment to be mindful of the needs of this world, and particularly the places that are afflicted by war and violence.

Pause for silent reflection.

We take a moment to be 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.

Pause for silent reflection.

We remember with thanksgiving and praise, O Lord, all of your faithful servants who throughout the long centuries have witnessed to your Name: the mighty and the lowly, great leaders and humble men and women, those who have served you amid prosperity and those who in the day of trouble have not failed, those in foreign places and those in this land.

As we remember the saints before God we will respond to the call “For these and all the saints,” with “We remember and give thanks.”

This year we remember in particular those connected to our own community who have died in this past year:

A list of names provided by the community was read.

 For these and all the saints. We remember and give thanks.

We also remember the following saints:

A list of names provided by the community was read aloud.

For these and all the saints. We remember and give thanks.

As we remember these saints before God, other names may have come to mind. I invite you to say those names aloud now.

Pause for silent reflection.

For these and all the saints. We remember and give thanks.

God who created each one of us, make us ever aware of the presence of this great company. Grant that we may find, in the reality of your nearness, the nearness of those countless other servants who are separated from us by years and distance. As we join our worship and labour to theirs, may we know ourselves to be part of this great cloud of witnesses. And so may all your people be united in faith, that your Church may live to serve and praise you in the one unbroken fellowship of your love, through Jesus Christ, our Lord, Amen.[1]

 

[1] Adapted from prayers by Jeffery Rowthorn in “The Wideness of God’s Mercy.”

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