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Prayers of the People: June 30

When you hear the words, God of Mercy and Love, please respond with “Hear our Prayers.”  Let us Pray.

God, our Creator, as we move past the midpoint of the year and celebrate the anniversary of our country’s birth, we’re also grateful for the rains we’ve received this month.  We remember the miraculous Water Cycle on our Earth.  Though the oceans contain 97% of the world’s water, all the air above the surface has only one-thousandth of 1% of the world’s water; yet from that tiny amount of water vapour falls all the rain and snow to fill the lakes, rivers and groundwater, to sustain all of us.  May we do all we can to preserve this essential gift.  God of Mercy and Love…    Hear our prayers.

In the ecumenical prayer cycle of the World Council of Churches, we remember the countries of Sudan, South Sudan and Uganda. We pray for energy, skillful actions, good health and protection for Peacemakers and peacekeepers, health care workers, teachers, engineers, atmospheric, climate and other scientists, and the many who serve across the world through many organizations. For lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered and questioning people who are persecuted in many countries – grant they be kept safe and encouraged.

In the ecumenical prayer cycle of the World Council of Churches, we remember the countries of Sudan, South Sudan and Uganda. We also pray for our Bienestar partners involved in the Nelson United Church outreach project in Guatemala, and our brothers & sisters at Nyanyadzi Methodist Church in Zimbabwe. God of Mercy and Love…    Hear our prayers.

Earth Maker, Pain Bearer, hear our prayers and turn the American government away from its threatening posture toward a violent strike on Iran. By your will, cause the long-held attitudes to be abandoned and actions for co-existence to begin again.  As has been written and sung by Gordon Sumner, 

“Tomorrow’s rain will wash the stains of violence away,
but something in our minds will always stay.
Perhaps this final act was meant to clinch a lifetime’s argument,
that nothing comes from violence and nothing ever could.
For all those born beneath an angry star, lest we forget how fragile we are,
on and on the rain will fall, like tears from a star;
on and on the rain will say, how fragile we are.”  
                                             © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

God of Mercy and Love…    Hear our prayers.

In our own Pacific/Mountain Regional Council weekly prayer cycle, we ask your blessings on Gordon Head United Church in Victoria. We ask you to keep safe, Danaraj, Robin, Robyn, Lois, David, their families, and all of our families, especially those who need comfort and healing who are named in our Prayer List.

In the southern US border areas, for the children, their parents and other adults, suffering the severe trauma of separation, inhumane detainment and the denial of legal asylum claims, and who may struggle with this for years, having nowhere to turn and with few to help them, God have mercy. We pray that by your power, the hard hearts of those in authority be softened and that relief with changed policies may be quick to come.

God of Mercy and Love…    Hear our prayers.

And so, we rest in you, God, and depend on your love for all the Earth, as expressed in countless ways to us.





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