As we sit in our homes this morning, perhaps with a cup of coffee, our homes may be quiet or they may be busy. We might be intently focused on the service, or staring out the window at the birds. Either way, let’s bring our focus inward and prepare our hearts and minds for prayer. Closing our eyes, we take a few slow deep breaths. We find the space where our heart lives. That big, important generous organ. Feel your heart doing its very important job. Bringing oxygen to every single cell of your body. You have a good heart. It is kind and loving. Feel how much love you have for your self. Your heart takes care of all the rest of your body. Feel how much love you have for your close friends and family. Name them and picture their faces. Feel how much love you have for the world and all the people in it. Think of someone who you haven’t seen in a long time. Imagine giving them a warm and gentle hug. Wrap your arms around yourself and give yourself a warm and gentle hug too. You deserve it. These last few months have not been easy, but here you are. You are ready to pray and send as much love out into the world as you possibly can.
When you hear the words “Loving and living God” please respond with “Hear our prayers.”
Dear God, We turn to you at this time and always with our prayers and concerns. We pray for the people that we love and we pray for all of the people in the world. We pray to heal the hurts of our world and to repair the injustices. We pray for reconciliation here in Canada and for racial justice all over the world. We pray for the empowerment of women. We pray for the trees and the animals and the rivers. Loving and living God, hear our prayers.
In our Pacific Mountain region, we pray for Lynn Valley United Church. Help them to be a beacon of Christ’s light and love. In our World Council of Churches, we pray for Sudan, South Sudan and Uganda. May the people of this East African region live with peace, dignity and a standard of living that allows for all people to have enough of everything that they need. Clean water, education, human rights.
In our Nelson United Church, we pray for Our Bienestar partners 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. 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.
We name all those on our Prayer List… …And now is the time that you can say silently or aloud the name of anyone else that you wish to pray for. Loving and Living God… hear our prayers.
Infinite God, you are always with us and in every place. When we suffer and feel pain or anxiety, we can pray to you. You take our suffering God and make it lighter. You give us the courage to take up our own burdens and to BE in the world to make whatever kind of a positive difference we are capable of. We are human beings having human experiences. Sometimes beautiful and sometimes awful. Sometimes boring, and sometimes profound. But always no matter what there is a kernel of love, the potential of light. That is you God, and that is what we live for.
Loving and living God, hear our prayers.