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When you hear the words, “God near at hand“, you may respond with “Hear our Prayers.         
Let us pray:
God of unbounded and eternal Love, dear Creator, at this time of Thanksgiving, and every day, we stop and think about what we have been given.  While we don’t know why, we do get to exist here – with countless things to be thankful for, especially your presence and love in the world, and naming only several more:  neighbours, friends and relatives; plants and animals; shelter and food; a life-giving Earth; weather, sun, moon and stars; colours; expressions of love and laughter; water, lakes and rivers; kindness, forgiveness and patience; peace, rest and serenity. 

We hope that increasing respect and protection for all of our planet will continue– from the top of its atmosphere to the surface, with all of the soils, rocks, and myriad of lifeforms, and on down to the ocean depths and creatures there within. God near at hand…    Hear our Prayers

We pray for these:

  • People of Belize, Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico – named in World Council of Churches’ Prayer Cycle this week
  • The Bienestar partners involved in our outreach project in Guatemala
  • Our brothers & sisters at Nyanyadzi Methodist Church in Zimbabwe
  • All those affected by COVID-19, in body, mind or spirit
  • L G B T Q 2S I A + people who are persecuted in many places
  • Peacemakers and peacekeepers, health care workers, teachers, engineers, scientists, and all those serving around the world through many organizations.

God near at hand…    Hear our Prayers

Bless, we pray, the Haisla Pastoral Charge, including Kitimat United Church, on this week’s Pacific Mountain Regional Council Prayer Cycle. In our own Nelson United Church body, keep Andy, Barb, Danaraj, David, Deb, Jasmine, Nicole, Robyn, and their families safe and well. We ask you to send your love and healing power for those named in our Prayer List as they are near and dear to us. We also name, silently or aloud, those on our minds and hearts…     …God near at hand…    Hear our Prayers

To you, sweet Spirit of God, who knows the human condition better than we do, we offer this poem, “Wild Geese” thanks to Mary Oliver:

You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile, the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting –
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.

God near at hand…    Hear our Prayers

AMEN.

 

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