Prayers of the People

October 6, 2013

Please join together in the prayers of the people. When you hear the words, "We pray to our God," please respond with "Hear our Prayers."

Creator God: As we near the end of the church year, Like the oracle seen by Habakkuk we keep watch for the progression of time. As the days shorten and the nights lengthen, we long to experience the beauty of winter. We pray for our planet and ask for your help in working to stop the degradation and destruction of the environment that has resulted from what Archbishop Rowan Williams describes as "...our failure to think of the world as existing in relation to the mystery of God, not just as a huge warehouse of stuff to be used for our convenience." Be with us as we explore and discover your purpose for us. We pray to our God...    "Hear our Prayers."

Omnipotent God: We pray for our sisters and brothers of Nyanyadzi Methodist Church in Zimbabwe. In the World Council of Churches' prayer cycle we pray for the people of Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyszstan, Mongolia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. In our Presbytery prayer cycle we pray for the leaders and congregation of St. Andrews United Church at Burton. We pray for Peacekeepers and Peace-makers throughout the world and their families who await their return We pray for our United Church of Canada and our Moderator, the Right Reverend Gary Paterson and ask for your support for his work on our behalf. We ask your guidance for the governments of Canada and Egypt to ensure that John Leeson and Doctor Tarek Zouban are released from detention. We ask for your blessing on all who provide services for the elderly, children and families in need of protection. We pray to our God...    "Hear our Prayers."

Compassionate God: We ask your sustaining presence for all those named in our Prayer List as well as those we name aloud or in the silence of our hearts...    ...We pray to our God...    "Hear our Prayers."

Henri J. M. Nouwen reminds us, "Our faithfulness will depend on our willingness to go where there is brokenness, loneliness, and human need. If the church has a future it is a future with the poor in whatever form." Daring to live the Way of Jesus, embodying the love of God, we know you are with us. Secure in the knowledge that we are your resurrection people, we offer these prayers to you and the people say...    Amen