Prayers of the People: March 18

Published on Mar 17th, 2018 by Member of Congregation | 0

Let us join our hearts and minds as one in prayer. When you hear the words “Jesus, grant us the strength to carry our cross” please respond with “Hear our Prayers.

Loving God, we praise you and give you thanks for all the ways we have felt your love and protection this week. We turn to you, O God, in contrition, for all the times we have not followed Your loving example; for all the times we have looked for easy answers and quick fixes. Keep us ever mindful of the abundant life we have been granted, of the peaceful country we live in, of our affirming church family. When worries and concerns choke our peacefulness and leave us with anxiety and fear; when we struggle with decision-making and the time comes to make good choices about our lives, Jesus, grant us the strength to carry our cross…     “Hear our Prayers.”

On those days when life may seem too demanding with all its cares, burdens, and busyness, we remember those who are in much more dangerous and demanding situations than any of us are. We offer prayers of support for health care workers, teachers, engineers and the many who serve throughout the world in various organizations. We unite in solidarity, love and peace with all those living with fear, oppression, violence, racism or homelessness. We remember our brothers and sisters at Nyanyadzi Methodist Church in Zimbabwe. In our Kootenay Presbytery prayer cycle this week, we pray for all the Secretaries of churches in our Kootenay Presbytery. In the World Council of Churches Prayer Cycle, we present our prayers for the people of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.Jesus, grant us the strength to carry our cross…     “Hear our Prayers.

When we feel discouraged and alone, desolate or depressed; when we struggle with pain and the challenge of serious illness, we must summon deep and faith-filled strength.  We especially remember those on our Prayer List who are suffering. We pause at this time to name, either silently or aloud, all those for whom we feel concern…   …Jesus, grant us the strength to carry our cross…     “Hear our Prayers.

When we feel weary and worn out, when it seems like all of our energy has been drained away; when we are challenged to risk our security and to accept new growth in our relationship with you; when we harbour old wounds and are called to offer or to receive forgiveness, grant us peace. Jesus, grant us the strength to carry our cross…     “Hear our Prayers.

I have borrowed heavily from Joyce Rupp’s “Carrying the Cross” this morning. I end with a prayer from the same written work.

Crucified Jesus, help us to take up our cross day by day. Through these crosses, we can grow closer to you. Help us to lean on you and to learn from you. May we not give in to self-pity or self-doubt. Rather let us trust in your presence which strengthens us. Encourage us on our tomb-like days. Remind us of your resurrection. Help us to keep our vision focused on life and growth.

And the people say…     “AMEN!”

 

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