Prayers of Intercession 2017 12 10
Guided by the light of Christ, we pray for the coming dawn of joy, healing, and comfort for all people, saying “Lord in your mercy,” and responding “hear our prayer.”
A brief silence.
We long to see your glory. Prepare our hearts for your arrival by healing divisions in your church and blessing those who work for reconciliation within it. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
We pray for your creation. Bring renewal to open spaces, parks, forests, mountains, and grasslands. Restore the creatures and lands that are damaged or destroyed. We pray especially for those displaced by forest fires in California. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
We long for your peace. Make places of welcome for people fleeing violence. For nations facing conflict or crisis, deliver relief. We pray for a Spanish family, the Estepa's, attacked in St. Thomas by a man with a bat yelling "terrorists" and "ISIS". Save us from racial hatred and violence. And we pray for peace in Jerusalem and the Middle East, torn apart over President Trump's intention to move the United States Embassy. Grant wisdom in international relationships. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
We seek healing for all people who long for justice, freedom, and comfort. Sustain them in their time of need. Be with all who wait for you, who suffer in body, mind, or spirit, including:
all who are shut-in, including:
James and Bonnie
John and Erika
Rudy & Hedy
Jack and Mary Lou
Joseph and Lore
We pray for those who mourn the death of George, that the sure and certain hope of eternal life would bring comfort, and for and all whom we name before you….
[long pause to allow people to name silently, or aloud, their prayers]
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
We give thanks for those who are ready to help in times of crisis. Give courage to disaster and emergency response teams, police officers, nurses, doctors, surgeons, chaplains, and all who work for the sake of others. We pray especially for the Al-Hasnawi family whose 19-year-old son Joseph was killed when acting as a Good Samaritan in Hamilton. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Here other intercessions may be offered.
We pray for all trapped in addiction. As our city and region consider safe injection sites, help us to make caring decisions that foster the common good, save lives, and recognize your love for each and every one of us. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
We pray for those who are abused, assaulted, threatened, or harassed. With thanksgiving for those who are courageously sharing their stories through the #MeToo ["Hashtag Me Too"] and #AFTERMETOO ["Hashtag After Me Too"] conversations, and for those unable to do so; we pray for an increase to systems that recognize and value women, and for an end to sexual violence. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
We pray for our partners in ministry: our bishops, Susan and Michael; our pastor, Stephen; Pastor Barry and the people of St. Peter's Lutheran Church, Milverton; the people of St. Peter's Lutheran Church, Cambridge, and their pastor, Janaki; the people of Trinity Anglican Church, their Archdeacon Greg, and their bishops, Fred and Linda; asking that you would help us to show your love in our working together, so that renewal and life might be given to all. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
We are your beloved flock and you are our shepherd, O God. Along with the saints already at rest in you, (especially ... )bring us together as your people under your holy rule. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
[Pastor:] We raise our prayers to you, O God, in the name of the one who is, who was, and who is to come, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.