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Prayers of the People: June 14

Let us join our minds and spirits to imagine we are together here. Close our eyes, breathe in, breathe out, feel grateful for the breath of life, our spirit.

 Breathe in, breathe out, gather all of us in your hearts.

 We plead to our creator for empathy and understanding of the anger and protests.

 “In the midst of a pandemic that kills Black and Brown people at twice the rate of white people, and the police murders in the US that coincided with the recent deaths of Chantel Moore and Regis Korchinski-Paquet and sparked the memories of countless other deaths of Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour here in Canada whose stories have never been told — we have seen, in stark reality, the inequitable system affecting all aspects of our lives.”

Breathe in , breathe out, hold and love their feelings. We ask for wisdom: What can we do? How can we Iearn?

You, creator, our co-creator of our world, the unchanging spirit of life that endures, our breath, Be with us today, in our always changing times, strengthen our faith in love and goodness.  We wait for your guidance of our thoughts and actions. Bless our youth, our scholars on their journey of learning,

We honour their achievement today and hold them with love in our innermost hearts. We assure them that our source of life, your love, is always there for them. At our spiritual home here, we look to you to renew our minister David’s strength,

To continue showering your love on those working in our church, Lois, Akka, Robin, Robyn, Andy, Jody and John, the décor team, knitters, and board members. Send special strength to Robin Murray for her ordination and the upcoming departure. Today we will also think of our church neighbours in Vernon and Armstrong; We wonder how they’re faring; we send our love and thoughts. We seek your blessings on them.

Nowhere in the world is the plague of racism more virulent than in Malawi and Zambia.

We try to imagine the plight of the people, We thank the spirit of heaven and earth for:

  • the biodiversity and natural wonders in these lands
  • church leaders who have spoken out and countered sexual violence and human rights abuses
  • those who are dealing with challenges of migrations within, and to, these countries
  • stable governance and economies, and rising living standards for the people.

We pray for:

  • greater food security for those most vulnerable, especially in times of climate change
  • an end to political and economic corruption
  • rising standards of living, particularly for those poorest
  • an end to the exploitation of resources and of the people, especially those who are young and/or female.

In our Prayers for our friends in distress are all those named in our Prayer List…   …Our Bienestar partners involved in our outreach project in Guatemala; Our brothers & sisters at Nyanyadzi Methodist Church in Zimbabwe, Peacemakers and peacekeepers, health care workers, teachers, engineers and the many who serve throughout the world through many organizations. All affected by COVID-19, whether in body, mind or spirit; LGBTQ2SIA+ people who are persecuted in many countries The future of our environment; protecting and respecting this gift of creation.

Now take a moment to send your spirit of thought and prayer to a friend or family member….    …Thank you, Spirit, Son and Father/Mother.

Amen!

 

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