Let us join our hearts and minds as one in prayer. When you hear the words “God, hear our prayers” please respond with “And in your love answer.”
God of the universe, we thank You for Your many good gifts, for clean water and fresh air, for food and shelter, for animals and plants. At this time of the year, we are especially grateful for a rich abundance of varied fruits and vegetables.
Forgive us for the times we have taken the earth’s resources for granted and wasted what You have given us. Transform our hearts and minds so that we may learn to care and share, and to touch the earth with gentleness and with love. We pray that the day will come when everyone has enough food and clean water. God, hear our prayers… “And in your love answer.”
Along with our prayers for Peace in the World, we pray for peacemakers, peacekeepers and their families. We offer prayers of support for health care workers, teachers, engineers and the many who serve throughout the world in various organizations. We unite in solidarity, love and peace with all those living with fear, oppression, violence, racism or homelessness. We remember our brothers and sisters at Nyanyadzi Methodist Church in Zimbabwe and we pray for the people of Nicaragua and Guatemala. In our Kootenay Presbytery prayer cycle this week, we pray for the Reverend David Boyd and our congregation here at Nelson United Church. In the World Council of Churches Prayer Cycle, we present our prayers for the people of Cape Verde, The Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau and Senegal. God, hear our prayers… “And in your love answer.”
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… …God, hear our prayers… “And in your love answer.”
As wildfires continue to create fear and havoc in our province, I offer a portion of a prayer written by the Right Reverend Richard Bott, recently elected moderator of the United Church of Canada:
We are amazed and afraid
Of the strength of fire in the forests,
Fire in the bush,
Worried that its force will displace and destroy
The creatures of the land and the air,
We ask that you would speak your words of peace,
That cool temperatures,
And still air,
Would calm these blazes.
We pray for the safety of all who are on the fire lines,
And for wisdom for those making the decisions.
We pray for cool heads in the face of evacuation,
And open doors of hospitality
For all who need shelter.
May it be so, may it be so.
And the people say… “AMEN!“