Prayers of the People: November 25

Published on Nov 24th, 2018 by Member of Congregation | 0

Let us join our hearts and minds as one in prayer. When you hear the words “And so we pray, day by day,” please respond by saying “With Love and Thanksgiving.

Today we mark the end of this year’s Stewardship campaign.  We rejoice and give thanks for God’s goodness and for the caring and thoughtful response to the call by this congregation. And so we pray, day by day…    “with love and thanksgiving.”

God of compassion, hear our prayer for all nations and all people of the Earth. Hear our prayers of support for health care workers, teachers, engineers and the many who serve throughout the world in various organizations. Hear our cry for justice and peace as we remember our brothers and sisters at Nyanyadzi Methodist Church in Zimbabwe; and we send prayers of support for our Bienestar partners involved in the NUC outreach project in Guatemala. Hear us as we seek your protection for peacekeepers and peacemakers, and all their families.  Hear us as we pray for all those people living in areas of serious conflict and unrest, remembering especially the people of Nicaragua, our LGBTQ friends in Tanzania, the Democratic Republic of Congo—where there is another outbreak of Ebol—Syria, Palestine and Israel, Somalia, Afghanistan and the Philippines.

In our Kootenay Presbytery prayer cycle this week, we pray for all members of the Kootenay Presbytery Outdoor Ministry and Youth Ministry Team; Robin Murray, Ibi Chuan, Ruth Carlson, Kim Matson, Dick Moffatt and Toni McKellar. In the World Council of Churches Prayer Cycle, we present our prayers for the people of Brunei, Malaysia and Singapore. And so we pray, day by day…    “with love and thanksgiving.”

We pray for those who feel discouraged or alone, those who are desolate or depressed; those who struggle with pain, the challenge of serious illness, or the loss of a loved one. May they be filled with faith and with strength.   In our prayers today we name all those on our Prayer List. We pause at this time to name, either silently or aloud, all those for whom we feel concern …    …And so we pray, day by day…    “with love and thanksgiving.”

We give you thanks, O God.
For the family, friends and neighbours in our lives.
Thank you for the ones we understand,
And for the ones who make us scratch our heads.
Thank you for the ones who challenge us,
And for the ones who comfort and care for us.
Thank you for the blessing of each and every one.
Hear the words of our hearts, loving God.
We are never, ever alone.
Thanks be to God.

 

And the people say…    “AMEN!

 

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