Let us join our hearts and minds as one in prayer. When you hear the words “Creator God of Hope” please respond with “Hear our prayers.”
This week we mark the beginning of the Church Season of Creation. We rejoice at the continued creation of beauty and bounty in our home, our own Mother Earth. This miracle of bountiful splendour continues in spite of our apparent lack of care and consideration for God’s earthly resources. Help us, creator God, to learn to take time to appreciate these marvels which we did not create. Help us to become much more cognizant of the need to preserve and protect our Living Earth. Creator God of Hope… “Hear our prayers.”
God of compassion, hear our prayer for all nations and all people of the Earth. Hear our prayers of support for health care workers, teachers, engineers and the many who serve throughout the world in various organizations. Hear our cry for justice and peace as we remember our brothers and sisters at Nyanyadzi Methodist Church in Zimbabwe. Hear us as we seek your protection for peacekeepers and peacemakers, and all their families.
Hear us as we pray for all those people living in areas of serious conflict and unrest, remembering especially the people of Nicaragua and Guatemala, Syria, Palestine and Israel, Somalia, Afghanistan and the Philippines. In our Kootenay Presbytery prayer cycle this week, we pray for all members of the Kootenay Presbytery Support to Congregations Ministry Team. In the World Council of Churches Prayer Cycle, we present our prayers for the people of Ghana and Nigeria.God of Hope… “Hear our prayers.”
We pray for those who feel discouraged or alone, those who are desolate or depressed; those who struggle with pain, the challenge of serious illness, or the loss of a loved one. May they be filled with faith and with strength. In our Prayers List today we name those in need. We pause at this time to name, either silently or aloud, all those for whom we feel concern God of Hope… “Hear our prayers.”
I offer a reflection on “Hope”, written by an unknown author:
When we come to the edge
Of all the light we have,
And we must take a step into
The darkness of the unknown,
We must believe one of two things:
Either we will find something
Firm to stand on
Or we will be taught to fly.
And the people say… “AMEN!“