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Prayers of the People: May 31

Let us quiet our hearts and minds as we join in prayer. Spirit of Wind and Fire, be around and within us as we gather as a community. Although we are physically distanced from each other, we are connected through your love for us and our love for each other. On this Pentecost Sunday we celebrate the Spirit you breathed into the apostles, and the breath you enliven us with every day and every night.

We wish for others the joy we find in being filled with Spirit, with love. We pray for all who are affected by COVID 19, directly or indirectly, in body, mind or spirit. The touch of this pandemic has been harsh for many people, especially for those living in poor countries or in countries with poor leadership.

In Canada, we have been blessed with good and generous leadership that has helped us find our way through this unexpected and all-encompassing challenge. We pray for our leaders and encourage them to be bold and strong as they begin to imagine and plan for what comes next.

We pray our leaders will take this world-upending opportunity to chart a path of greater global justice, for seniors, the poor and indigenous peoples. A path that leads us to walk gently on the Earth, our sustainer and that leads us to act in ways that protect and respect the gift of creation.

This is indeed the time for spirited fire in our living.

We think of others celebrating this Pentecost Sunday. In the Pacific Mountain Regional Council Prayer Cycle, we pray for Union Bay Mission United Church, in Union Bay. May they feel the fire and wind of God.

We pray for our brothers and sisters at Nyanyadzi Methodist Church in Zimbabwe. Their challenges are many: drought, food shortages, power cuts – and then COVID and now a malaria outbreak. We pray the Spirit fills them with determination and hope.

In the World Council of Churches Prayer Cycle, we pray for the countries of Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa and Eswatini (also known as Swaziland). Like Zimbabwe, these countries face multiple challenges and we pray for strength and new directions for them.

We think of our Bienestar partners involved in our outreach project in Guatemala and pray for their safety and good health.

We pray for peacemakers and peacekeepers, and all those serving throughout the world with many organizations. Their work to support refugees and others afflicted by hardships has been severely challenged by the pandemic. Yet many continue to risk their lives to save the lives of others.

We pray for the women of the world, struggling to care for their families in this emergency, at the same time as many endure increased levels of violence while isolated at home. Violence against women is but one of the ‘shadow epidemics’ that we must respond to, and defeat.

We pray also for LGBTQ2SIA+ people who are persecuted in many countries.

Close to home, we pray for all those named in our Prayer List…     …and in this quiet moment, we offer prayers for those whose concerns are close to our hearts….

God of Pentecost, we launch our prayers for the world into the wind, to carry them over mountain-tops and through the heavens, filling the universe with our hopes and love.

We offer our prayers to the land, our heart, our ground, to hold our hopes and dreams, and nourish them.

We send our prayers flowing in the waters that move through the land, waters that sustain us. May our prayers also bring sustenance and comfort.

While we may speak in many tongues, we are all one people, human beings. We began our human journey from Mother Africa and have now roamed the earth and created diverse societies. But in our DNA, we know we are one. And in you, God—Spirit of Wind and Fire—we know we are one. Be with us, hold us, make us bold and kind, and sustain us through these times and the ones to come.

We offer these prayers in the name of Jesus, our teacher and our friend.

Amen.

 

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