Prayers of the People: July 20

Published on Jul 22nd, 2014 by Member of Congregation | 0
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Upon hearing the words “O God I feel your Presence,” please respond with “Hear Our Prayers.”

Psalm 139: 7 says: “Where can I go from your spirit? Or where can I flee from your presence?!” In such a glorious summer season, there is no part of Creation untouched by the loving Creator’s artistic hand. It is easy to feel God’s presence in the majesty of the mountains; new growth in gardens, and of beautiful flowers and trees; the cool refreshing touch of Kootenay Lakes; God’s breath in the breeze; God’s spirit in the joyous squeal of children revelling at the beach or playground. We know God is like the oxygen we need to survive, unseen, yet solely responsible for our survival, permeating every living thing on Planet Earth. Yet sometimes, we hardly even acknowledge God’sunseen presence… O God I feel your Presence,”… “Hear Our Prayers.

O God we appreciate those who have taken on leadership positions in the United Church, and especially, we want to recall the contributions of people  in the Kootenay Presbytery prayer roster: Carol Patton, Secretary of Kootenay Presbytery. The World Council of Churches prayer cycle recognizes the countries of: Belize, Honduras, Mexico, and Guatemala. We’d like to offer special prayers for Guatemala, with condolences and special efforts to assist the people after a 7 on the Richter Scale earthquake, which has destroyed many homes and infrastructure , as well as causing some loss of life.  O God I feel your Presence,”… “Hear Our Prayers.”

Loving God, we recognize and pray for those people connected to us who are included on the NUC prayer list. We especially remember the congregation at Nyanyadzi Methodist Church in Zimbabwe; Peacemakers and peacekeepers throughout the world. In Our Prayers we remember all those named in our Prayer List. We pause for a moment to name, either aloud or silently, others for whom we are concerned…     …God I feel your Presence,”…. “Hear Our Prayers.

O God, we’d like to pray for your assistance in guiding world leaders in choosing peace, rather than war as an economic stimulus venture. We especially pray that U.S. President Barrack Obama, will live up to the “change” he promised, and that the U.S. will decide not to use Iraq as a battlefield for the third time in 20 years!! We pray for stability in South Sudan, and in thanksgiving for Randy Janzen’s safe return from that area, with anticipation of learning more from him about the situation there. We pray for a cessation of the violence in Gaza, and that Israel and Palestine can amicably share that land, as both peoples originate from the same Semitic tribe. We ‘d like to pray for the people of Guatemala, in areas where Mary Ann and Marion just visited, that they will receive our assistance in rebuilding homes and infrastructure damaged in the recent earthquake, and that the people of San Marcos region, will remain in our thoughts and prayers daily. O God I feel your Presence,”…    “Hear Our Prayers.”

Help us to use our God-given gifts, talents, skills and financial resources to fulfill God’s purpose for us in the world. Each of us has something to give, and all of us have been blessed by God. Let us share and care from out of our abundance.

One of the fathers of the United Church, John Wesley (1703-1791), had his own version of the “Golden Rule:

“Do all the good you can,
By all the means you can,
In all the ways you can,
In all the places you can,
At all the times you can,
To all the people you can,
As long as ever you can.”

And the people say…   “AMEN”

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