May we for just a brief while transfer our focus from all of today’s convergent challenges and become open to new ways of “BEING” in this world.
In our families, we remember those who have gone before, teaching us right from wrong and how to choose the right path with God’s help. We remember those special saints who taught with love and compassion as we grew to accept the rules of our society of love.
We invite you now to join with us in the Prayers of the People.
Compassionate God, let us never forget that we exist in Your world. Help us to protect and respect this gift of creation. Encourage us always to feel compassion toward others, particularly those who are needy, desolate, forgotten, ill or suffering. We remember especially, in our prayers today those named in our Prayer List. We pause at this time to voice the names of others, either silently or aloud, for whom we are concerned … …Holy and merciful God, receive our prayers and hear our heartfelt cry for justice and peace in the world. Bless all who work for a peaceful world; peacemakers, peacekeepers and their families; health care workers, teachers, engineers and the many who serve throughout the world through many organizations.
We pray for all those affected by COVID-19, whether in body, mind or spirit. Loving God, be a source of strength for our brothers and sisters at Nyanyadzi Methodist Church in Zimbabwe; for our Bienestar partners involved in our outreach project in Guatemala; and for all those LGBTQ2SIA+ people who are persecuted in many countries.
In our Presbytery prayer cycle this week, we pray for those offering leadership at Shaughnessy Heights United Church in Vancouver. In the World Council of Churches Prayer Cycle, we ask your prayers this day for the people of Oceania; American Samoa, Cook Islands, Fiji, French Polynesia (Maohi Nui), Kanaky, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu.
We conclude with a quote from “My Heart Soars” by Chief Dan George.
In the midst of a land without silence, you have to make a place for yourself.
Those who have worn out their shoes many times know where to step.
It is not their shoes you can wear…..
Only their footsteps…
You may follow….
If you let it happen.
And the people say “AMEN”.