We continue our worship… Let us be together in prayer. When you hear the words: “God reveal to us your glory for the living of these days,” you are invited to respond: “Steady us.”
Glorious Holy Presence – that was and is and will be: God, reveal to us your glory for the living of these days… Steady us.
In these days we struggle to find our way, wavering between Covid fatigue and Covid protocol discipline, between lament and gratitude, and between longing for what was and reorienting ourselves towards discovering new priorities. God, reveal to us your glory for the living of these days… Steady us.
Somewhere in this hour, in an ICU bed, a woman is dying. Hear our thanks for the nurse who tenderly holds her hand. In another bed, a man is recovering. Hear our thanks for the on-going work of diligent scientists, health care workers, and health care officials – sometimes ignored and even threatened. We pray for our own Dr. Bonnie Henry.
This morning – somewhere – a young couple is eating their last bread and peanut butter. We offer up our thanks for those who can and do share. We pray for the folks who serve in the Nelson Community Food Centre.
Somewhere in a hardware store a check-out clerk smiles and greets a frustrated customer, rings up the purchase, and making eye contact speaks words of understanding. Hear our thanks for the many who continue to serve us in what used to be but are no longer ordinary ways. God, reveal to us your glory for the living of these days… Steady us.
This morning we include in our prayers political prisoners, including Canadians, and the many courageous folks around the world who are standing up for democracy and justice. In this Black History Month, some of us confess that we have not understood our white privilege. We acknowledge our reluctance to see our own internalized racist views. Open our minds and hearts to new truth. God, reveal to us your glory for the living of these days… Steady us.
We pray for world leaders including Prime Minister Trudeau and President Biden.
From the World Council of Churches, we join with others to pray for the countries of Austria, Liechtenstein, and Switzerland. From our Pacific Mountain Region prayer cycle, we pray for St. Paul’s Pastoral Charge in Princeton asking that they, like other faith communities, come to know your Presence in new and needed ways. Continuing in prayers of intercession, we name all those on our Prayer List and those we now name aloud or silently… … May each one named be aware that within your love they are safely sheltered – as are we!
We thank you for Jesus the Christ, the one we follow, the one in whose name we pray, Amen.