Divine Presence, Sacred Spirit, Creating Power, with the faithful of ever so long ago and with the faithful gathered on this day we are privileged to proclaim: Hallowed be your Name – and so, in response, we sing: Holy, holy, holy, my heart, my heart adores you! My heart is glad to say the words: You are holy God!
With reverence for your Name and infused with your Love we become prayerfully still and prayerfully silent – and in so doing we become aware of our breathing telling the story of the gift of life and the on-going story of our bodies and their miraculous functioning hour after hour, year after year. For this gift of life, we thank you. As did our faith ancestors so we too are bold to pray that when we experience weariness we ask for renewal, when in physical pain we ask for guidance to manage it wisely, and when we are fearful and cannot see our way we ask for your deliverance. In the words of the psalmist, we gratefully remember that “when [we] called you answered and you made [us] bold and strong of heart.” Hallowed be your Name – and so we sing: Holy, holy, holy, my heart, my heart adores you. My heart is glad to say the words: You are holy God!
Mindful of those who make decisions on our behalf we pray for our Prime Minister, the mayor of Nelson and city council members and for all who serve on various boards in Nelson. We are thankful for the many whose lives intermingle with ours and who often become for us answered prayer. We are grateful for our minister David, the members of our Nelson United Church Board, for car mechanics, plumbers and electricians, postal workers, bankers, street and park maintenance folks, store clerks, singers and musicians, medical personnel, lawyers, restaurant staff, and the many who over the years became for us answered prayer – who with you God provided the sustenance we needed. At the same time, we acknowledge the opportunities we’ve missed to be the answer to someone’s prayer. In the coming days help us be alert and respond to these kinds of opportunities.
We turn now to our church Prayer List to say aloud first names… may these we name know your mercy and your deliverance… …and those we name aloud or silently…
From the Pacific Mountain Regional Council Prayer Cycle, we pray for the ministries of Campbell River UC, Canadian Memorial UC (Vancouver) and Canoe UC in Canoe, BC. From the World Council Prayer Cycle, we lift up the Republic of Congo, Gabon, Sao Tome and Principe asking that in the midst of their challenges they may know your mercy and deliverance.
From our gospel reading may it be that we remember Jesus words: “For whoever asks, receives; whoever seeks, finds; whoever knocks, is admitted.” Thanks be that is our on-going story.
Divine Presence, Sacred Spirit, Creating Power, with the faithful of ever so long ago and with the faithful gathered on this day we are privileged to proclaim: Hallowed be your Name – and so we sing: Holy, holy, holy, my heart, my heart adores you! My heart is glad to say the words: You are holy God!
And the people say: Amen.