Prayers of the People

July 21, 2013

Sisters and Brothers, today we greet you in Christ and invite you to pray and rejoice together. It defies our understanding that you should have concern for us, yet you do, and so we thank you.
For the blessing of family and friends, for the clothes on our back and the food on our table.
For the understanding of those who love us, For happy things to remember, and good things to look forward to. Let us never take such things for granted, but always recall whom we have to thank.

When you hear the words, "God of Mercy," please respond with "Hear our prayers."

Loving God, as we bring before you the sick and those who minister to them, the bereaved and those who comfort them, the lonely and those who befriend them, we remember those who are ill in body or mind. We pray for them, we pray for those close to them. We especially voice our heartfelt concerns for all those named in our Prayer List. Hear us then, we pray, as we think of others, who we mention now or hold silently in our hearts...    ...God of Mercy...    "Hear our prayers."

Gracious God, we join with others as we pray for all people who minister within our Presbytery and in particular on this day we pray for Carol Patton, Secretary of Kootenay Presbytery. May God bless her time, devotion and commitment. We pray for our brothers and sisters at Nyanyadzi Methodist Church in Zimbabwe, peacemakers and peacekeepers serving throughout the world, and the peoples of Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, and Mexico, named in our World Council of Churches Prayer Cycle. We continue to pray for the community of Lac-Mégantic, Quebec and all those affected by the train derailment and explosion on July 6, 2013. God of Mercy...    "Hear our prayers."

In a church searching for meaning and revival, where the passion is great for the future, and the hope for the future passionate, We join together to say the prayer Jesus taught us:

Our Father, who is in heaven,
Hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come. Your will be done,
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
As we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.
For Yours is the kingdom,
and the power, and the glory,
for ever and ever.
Amen