Prayers of the People: August 28

Published on Aug 28th, 2016 by Member of Congregation | 0

This morning we remember that all our thoughts are prayers. When you hear “O God, hear our prayers,” please respond with, “And in your love answer.”

Creator God, all we have – most of all, our lives — are because of you. You are our only and our Everything. As Psalm 96 says, “You hold in your hands the depths of the Earth and the mightiest mountains. The sea is yours, for you made it, and you formed the dry land, too”.

When at any time we stop and remember all the abundance and goodness that we know and have experienced here, and in the world — despite the bad — our hearts and minds spring up with gladness. Oh loving God, may we not forget this abundance, even in the midst of stress or worry, busyness or despondency; may acknowledging all we have lift our spirits and create the good feelings inside that help us persevere and keep on.

Help us to balance our free will and autonomy with the need for dependence on you and your creation. May we be enveloped, held, and encouraged by your love and peace, in all their manifestations around us.

O God, hear our prayers…   “And in your love answer.”

We pray for the victims and survivors of the earthquake in Italy, as well as refugees and residents in Syria, Eritrea and over the world, whose millions of lives have been changed for the worse by the actions of a few. Caring God, hear their cries and bring relief.

In our Kootenay Presbytery Prayer Roster we pray for our own Reverend David Boyd and the congregation at Nelson United Church.   Spirit God, be close to us here, help and guide us in every good will and work in embodying your love. Protect and bless David, Lois, Robin, John and their families.

In the World Council of Churches Prayer Cycle, we pray for the Baltic countries of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

We remember our brothers & sisters at Nyanyadzi Methodist Church in Zimbabwe, that they will be safe from harm and that they may gleam as the “shining lights” in Zimbabwe.

God of Peace, protect and keep all peacemakers and peacekeepers, health care workers, teachers, engineers and others serving and helping in organizations throughout the world.

O God, hear our prayers…   “And in your love answer.”

And now we remember those around us — and their families. Dear Spirit of God, wrap these in your mercies and healing all those named in our Prayer List. O God, hear our prayers…   “And in your love answer.”

As we have read that 25% of Nelson’s residents live below the poverty level, we ask you, God of the poor, that Nelson not become indifferent to their plight; grateful we are for all who help and give to them in ways great and small – prayer, support, action and more. May this be our fervent wish — that soon — adequacy and abundance will be reality for those in such a need.

O God, hear our prayers…   “And in your love answer.”

Blessed Creator, God hear these words of a fellow searcher, Roque Dalton:

Like you, I love LOVE, and life, and the sweet smell of things,
The sky-blue landscape of August days.
And my blood boils up, and I laugh through eyes
That have known the buds of tears.
I believe the world is beautiful,
And that poetry – like bread – is for everyone,
And that my veins do not end in me,
But in the unanimous blood of those who struggle for life,
And Love—little things—landscape and bread—
The poetry of everyone.

AMEN.

 

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