Prayers of the People: March 4

Published on Mar 3rd, 2018 by Member of Congregation | 0
Prayers of the People: March 4

Oh, to wash the world! So much needs to be righted and healed. As small city folk, we have not the reach to fix it all! But we can do it in small voices, and the small voices can become a big chorus. We can start with the strength of communal prayer. Join me today in a prayer for “healing and thoughtfulness,” responding with “Help Us all, O God.”

As the spring thaw and rains wash over us this morning, we think of our lovely world and how we treat it, sometimes respectfully and sometimes not. In our small ways and influences, we can respect it in our corner as the biggest gift from our creator. To this ideal, we ask for healing and thoughtfulness…    “Help us all, O God”.

In the wider world we can pray, in the world council of churches cycle, for guidance to the masters of Ireland, United Kingdom, England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, and may they and all world leaders remember they are servants to their people as Jesus was. Let the folk of the Nyanyadzi Methodist Church, the peacekeepers, peacemakers and the people who serve abroad feel us praying for their communities and endeavours. Let our prayers for justice begin to reach indifferent ears in the wars of the world. Give us all healing and thoughtfulness…    “Help us all, O God”.

In our communities, we pray for strong interconnectedness for all who serve in Kootenay Presbytery to determine its people’s future path.   Give us all healing and thoughtfulness…    “Help us all, O God”.

And here at home, we think of our own people who suffer, wait, endure pain, loss, isolation and uncertainty. May they feel you near, may they feel us near them in this prayer, even if we don’t know them all personally. We name all those named in our Prayer List, and others we love and pray for silently or aloud…     …We pray for healing and thoughtfulness…    “Help us all, O God”.

We can’t know where our prayers and small actions go, but we believe at this church that communal thought can influence change as we strive for healing and justice. We dare to follow the way of Jesus, embodying the love of God.

We pray for healing and thoughtfulness…    “Help us all, O God”.

And the people say, “Amen!

 

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