Prayers of the People: June 25

Published on Jun 27th, 2017 by Member of Congregation | 0

To the bidding, “O Holy One Who Sees,” please respond: “Hear our prayers.

O Holy One Who Sees…     Hear our prayers.

We always have so much for which to be thankful, and this day is no exception. Summer has begun with warmer, brighter, longer days. Around us the hills are green, the air is fresh, summer blossoms are coming into flower, gardens and orchards are beginning to fruit out and we are glad.
We are looking forward to summer times with families and friends, to times of laughter and memories.
We have heard the words of Your ancient peoples and have the time to pray and reflect on their meanings for us.
Especially today, Multicultural Day, we celebrate the many diverse cultures in our country and that much work has been done and continues to be done so we can celebrate with, and learn from, one another.

O Holy One Who Sees…     Hear our prayers.

Loving God of Small Details:
We know you are aware of the smallest details of Your glorious creation that surrounds and enfolds us: the little robin nesting on the supports of the deck; the small deer dashing across the highway to the lake for water; the wild mother turkey sauntering across the lane; the turtles, snakes and marmots finding a spot along our way in which to warm themselves in the sun; the wee skunk rambling through the orchard. We pray for their protection, the details we can see, and we pray for protection for those details we cannot see. We know they are all blessed to you.

O Holy One Who Sees…     Hear our prayers.

Loving God Beyond Ourselves:
We know too that each and every one of us matters all the time; each and every person matters all the time, regardless of any “isms” that may have been applied to them by us and others. May we always be aware of You dwelling in each person we meet, each person we see, each person we hear about. We ask for your insights and wisdom as we move through our days to look beyond the surface stories to really see your people.

O Holy One Who Sees…     Hear our prayers.

Loving God of Reconciliation:
All of your people sometimes move too quickly to judgement of others based on old patterns of knowing. We ask that You give us the wisdom to stop, think, reflect, before we speak or act. For us in Canada, as we recently celebrated the National Day of Indigenous People, and celebrate Multicultural Day today, may we always move to deeply learn about the history and culture of all of our fellow Canadians, and to always act out of love and respect.

O Holy One Who Sees…     Hear our prayers.

Loving God of healing and support:
Today in our prayers of particular support we ask for your compassionate love and comfort for:

  • The peoples of Brazil, this week’s country in the World Council of Churches prayer cycle
  • Our brothers and sisters at Nyanyadzi Methodist Church in Zimbabwe
  • The people along the coast of South Africa and interior of Portugal who are suffering from firestorms
  • The hundreds of people in Britain left fearful and possibility homeless due to faulty building materials
  • The scores of people in Pakistan suffering through the oil tanker accident, massive explosion and fire where so many were killed and gravely burned
  • The long-suffering people of Yemen, now having a severe outbreak of cholera added to the horrors of the long-standing war and internal strife.
  • People walking today in Pride Parades around the world, and those unable to celebrate their complete personhood because of homophobia and fear.
  • Peacemakers and peacekeepers, health care workers, teachers, engineers and the many who serve throughout the world through many organizations

And among our own friends and families we name all those on our Prayer List…    We now take a moment to add silently or aloud those close to our individual hearts…

O Holy One Who Sees…     Hear our prayers.

O Holy You,
When we are despairing, fearful or feeling hopeless, may we always be so connected to You that we feel comfortable to simply call you as the psalmist did, You.

And the people say:    “AMEN!”

 

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