Prayers of the People: June 11

Published on Jun 12th, 2017 by Member of Congregation | 0

Please join me in prayer:
As we sit quietly now, in prayer, we are aware of the presence of spirit, the warmth of love shared, love that is alive in us and around us.

Today we think about change and movement. In our young people, as they move through their lives. And change in our own hearts and lives, and in our world. As it always does, change brings joy and excitement, sorrow and apprehension.

Today we have also joined in blessing the shawls made lovingly for those of us who need them. Perhaps we are ill, or lonely, or grieving. And then we are offered shawls to wrap ourselves in, shawls made with care and laughter and prayer – and possibly a few cookie crumbs. They are shawls that hold us in love.

Being wrapped in such a shawl is one way we experience God’s love, one way that we feel the spirit of comfort, connection, and courage.

For a few moments, let us imagine a shawl wrapping around and among all of us here, holding us together in its warmth. Let us feel God emanating love from each stitch and knot, each colour and pattern. And as we feel this, let us also feel gratitude.

Gratitude for those who make shawls, colourful, soft and beautiful ones that we can touch, and also the invisible ones that hold us warmly together in this community, shawls that we all make as we greet each other in love.

Gratitude for the dropped stitches, the places of imperfection, that remind us of relationships that need mending or weaving.

Gratitude that we are part of a church community that is committed to fighting climate change, to addressing economic inequality, to showing how love and justice are the path we follow.

Gratitude for the opportunity to watch the children in our Church community as they grow – even though it makes us feel old! We see them change from wriggly, restless and often amusing youngsters, to youth with values, compassion and faith that were nurtured here. And we’ll keep watching…with hopefulness…as they move forward.

Gratitude that we can be here together this morning. That we live in such a safe and beautiful city.

Gratitude for sunshine and showers…and flowers.

And gratitude for whatever each of us especially holds in our hearts…

And we wrap others in our shawl, as we pray for them.

For the BC Conference Executive – in our Kootenay Presbytery Prayer Roster.

For the countries and people of Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa and Swaziland – in our World Council of Churches Prayer Cycle.

For heroes, like the peacemakers and peacekeepers, health care workers, teachers, engineers and others who serve throughout the world.

For our friends, our brothers and sisters, at Nyanyadzi Methodist Church in Zimbabwe.

For all those who are suffering and dying from violence and hate, from drought and starvation.

And closer, we pray for those on our Prayer List…

And we pray for those in our hearts, their names spoken aloud or silently….

Through being here together, wrapped in our shawl, sharing music, companionship and words, listening and learning and feeling, we are filled with spirit, the infinite mystery, that we call God. And we take that mystery with us into the world, remembering Jesus whose steps we follow, and who taught us that love will triumph over hate.

And in gratitude for all of this, we say… “Amen.”

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