Prayers of the People: April 1– Easter

Published on Apr 2nd, 2018 by Member of Congregation | 0

This morning we have gathered around the Communion Table. As Jesus taught and lived, it is an all-inclusive table. As Nelson United we are an Affirming Congregation, we are intentionally lovingly inclusive. So at this time of prayer, I’d like you to picture in your minds others taking their place at this Table – those we know as LGBTQ. We greet them with hugs. We praise them for their journeys into authentic living. We invite their families and their friends to come to this Table. And now – as difficult as it may be for some of us – we invite those whose minds and hearts are not yet open to humanity’s diversity. We include these persons because it is the Way of Jesus. And furthermore, really and truly, this is not our Table.

Let us pray…
Like the women in Mark’s gospel, there have been times when we have been afraid, O God, to trust the good news of Easter, the good news of your Powerful Inclusive Love – a Love greater than every loss and every ending, a Love stronger than every kind of darkness and mightier than the confines of every tomb.
As this Easter season begins again, help us: to see the world with eyes of wonder, to speak with a tongue fluent in praise, and to live out of a heart overflowing with unwavering goodwill.
Within Your Easter good news, we pray from the Kootenay Presbytery Prayer Roster for Robin Murray, Chair of the Outdoor Ministry and Youth Team of Kootenay Presbytery, Camp Koolaree representative to Kootenay Presbytery, VST student, and our Youth Minister. We give thanks for her faithful ministry among us and beyond. We pray for her well-being in the coming months.
This morning from the World Council of Churches Prayer Cycle we pray for the people of The Balkans – Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, FYR of Macedonia, Kosovo, Montenegro, Serbia, and Slovenia. As is our custom we pray for the people of Nyanyadzi Methodist Church in Zimbabwe and for peacemakers and peacekeepers and their families. In this time of prayer we include the many who throughout the world often struggle against great odds to bring about Your justice for all people: we name all those on our Prayer List…   Into your Easter Power and Your Easter Love, we commit these persons and those we now name aloud or silently …
In the words of the psalmist, we say: Thank you God for hearing us. Thank you, God, for your goodness!

And the people say: “Amen!”

 

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