Prayers of the People: November 19

Published on Nov 19th, 2017 by Member of Congregation | 0
Prayers of the People: November 19

Matthew’s gospel reading for today includes the following: “Come, share my joy.

“Joy” in the Greek language means cheer-full or calm delight. A simple way to think of “joy” is Jesus Others You. Joy can also be understood as feeling good about yourself, others and God all at the same time.

Let us be together in prayer:

We breathe deeply knowing ourselves to be one with You God and with all creation, seen and unseen. And in this believing – this trusting – we share your joy.

We breathe deeply knowing ourselves to be recipients – lifelong recipients – of your love.

And in this believing – we share your joy.

We breathe deeply knowing ourselves to be less than perfect and yet fully forgiven and transformed to share your joy.

Source of Wisdom and Truth, dispel our fears. Banish our distorted images of you so that we are freed to live more fully the Way of Jesus. Reignite our imaginations to risk investing what we have been given and in so doing share your joy.

Source of Comfort and Well-being, we pray for those on our Prayer List…  We commit to your redeeming care these we have named and now others we name aloud or silently … 

From the Kootenay Presbytery Prayer Roster, we pray for the Rev. Frank Lewis, Pensions liaison and the many who come under his ministry. From the World Council of Churches Prayer Cycle, we pray for the leaders and people of the Republic of Congo, Gabon, Sao Tome and Principe.

As we do every Sunday we are mindful of our brothers & sisters at Nyanyadzi Methodist Church. This morning in the midst of political chaos we include in our prayers all people living in Zimbabwe.

Hear our prayers for the many who invest what they have to improve life in our country and around the world: refugee workers, peacemakers and peacekeepers, health care workers, teachers, engineers, rescue workers, diplomats and as well – the many here in Nelson who each day work for the common good. With thanksgiving, we pray for our own church staff: David, Robin, Lois, and John.

May we, each one, remember who you are and whose we are and in that remembering and in that living – share your joy.  

Together with one voice, the people say: “Amen!”



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