Prayers of the People: October 8

Published on Oct 7th, 2017 by Member of Congregation | 0
Prayers of the People: October 8

Let us join our hearts and minds as one in prayer. When you hear the words “God of praise and thanksgiving” please respond with “Hear our Prayers.”

God of thanksgiving, in this season of beautiful colours, warm days and cool nights, we give you thanks for the bounty of our lives. We give you thanks for daily gifts, large and small. We appreciate the harvest and abundance of our changing lives.  God of praise and thanksgiving…   “Hear our Prayers.”

Generous God, we ask your blessing on all those striving to achieve peace throughout the world; the peacemakers; the peacekeepers and their families. Accept our prayers of support for health care workers, teachers, engineers and the many who serve throughout the world in various organizations. Shine your light of love and faith on our brothers and sisters at Nyanyadzi Methodist Church in Zimbabwe. We offer prayers for all those who in the past few months have been so devastated by severe storms, fires, and floods; and those grieving folks who have lost family and friends through senseless violence. In our Kootenay Presbytery prayer cycle this week, we pray for Carol Patton, Secretary of Kootenay Presbytery.

In the World Council of Churches Prayer Cycle, we present our prayers for the people of Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia. God of praise and thanksgiving…   “Hear our Prayers.”

Merciful God, we lay before you our concerns for all those who are ill or in pain; those who grieve; those who feel lonely, dejected, forgotten; those who are oppressed and endangered.  We especially remember before you today all those named in our Prayer List.  We pause at this time to name, either silently or aloud, all those for whom we feel concern…     … God of praise and thanksgiving…   “Hear our Prayers.” 

Thank you, God of transformation, for all the autumn lessons that we are taught and can take to heart. As dying leaves fall to earth and begin the process of re-energizing the earth, let us begin our own process of re-energizing. As the earth freely yields the bounty of her summer, let us be aware of our ability to share our abundance with others. As plants and animals prepare themselves for the long winter season, help us all to adequately prepare our bodies and spirits for a more contemplative time of the year. As we watch the birds leave their place of safety to fly south for the winter, help us to gather their spirit of freedom and prepare ourselves for change and adventurous excursions into the unknown.  God of praise and thanksgiving…   “Hear our Prayers.”

The ending prayer is an adaptation of Joyce Rupp’s “Gratitude for the Little Moments”

Gratitude, yes,
For all the big things
That stand tall,
Thick with abundance, joy, fruitfulness
I can’t help but applaud their presence.

But what about thankfulness for the bite-sized
Pieces of my life.
Those little snippets of time so easily consumed
In the hurry and blur of pretentious days.
A walk on a musky-wooded path,
A cup of coffee silently savored,
Birdsong in the squeaky hours of dawn,
The gentle touch of a liver-spotted hand.

I turn to gather finely layered remnants like these
In the come and go of my days,
And discover, with surprise, how quickly my inner room
Is a harvest place of gold.

And the people say…  “AMEN!”


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