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Prayers of the People September 2, 2018

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Giving God, we have come to this table set by Christ, like so many generations before us, and you have filled us with so much more than bread and wine.  Here we have felt Christ’s presence, and experienced again our enduring and mysterious connection to him and to one another. 

So let us take from here today our fill of the goodness he offers to every life: the goodness that comes from deepening our relationships to those we love, the goodness that comes from appreciation for all we’ve been given, the goodness that comes from widening the scope of our compassion and reaching out to serve others, the goodness that comes from knowing there is real meaning to this life and an important purpose to our living, the goodness that comes from sharing Christ’s path, and allowing his destiny to determine our own.

When we lose our bearings, God, when we lose hope or lose faith, when we question our place and our purpose, when we expect big rewards but have offered only small investments of ourselves, teach us again the great value you place on us, and the high and demanding call you have extended to us: to be witnesses to the love of Christ, by being his church in the world.  We acknowledge the blessing and the burden of this calling, this work, and the labors it demands.  We ask your forgiveness for all the times we have failed at our sacred work, to love with genuineness, as Christ did.

And so we pray you will direct us now toward fulfilling your dreams for us.  And help us grow into the people which you crafted us to become, increasing in us, day by day, O God, the capacity for awe, the willingness to wonder, the sincerity of honesty, the certainty of our hope and trust in you.  Let all we are and all we do help bring meaning and goodness, redemption and restoration.  Let our work be life-sustaining and creative in your pattern.  We pray these things in the name of the One who calls us to share his life and his work, each and every day.  And using his words of prayer, we sing together now … The Lord’s Prayer.

Prayers of the People July 29, 2018

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Based on Luke 10:25-37, The Good Samaritan

Generous, provider God, we come before you once more, asking that as we have received all your gifts of grace, you might receive from us our hearts, our hands, our minds, and our offerings, brought today in hope and in faithfulness.  Take all of our gifts, and use them as you see fit to further Christ’s miraculous ministry of love to this, your world.

We pray today for the needs and concerns of people we cannot name or know, across the globe or even close to home.  We pray for the sick, the lonely, the angry, the bitter, the discouraged, the poor, and the abandoned, for we acknowledge that they are all our neighbors and fellow travelers on the Jericho Road.  We trust that your healing touch may be brought to those people in need whenever someone is moved to give, to love, to serve, to soothe. 

We pray today for our own dear ones and our friends.  We pray for their health and security and for stability.  We pray for their joy and fulfillment – their growth as your faithful people. 

And God of all, knowing that you care for us, we even dare to pray for ourselves.  If we are thinking today about gaining entry into your kingdom and your good graces, remind us that Jesus taught his followers it all began with doing small things with great love – as marks of their fellowship with him. 

Show us what small acts of goodness we are capable of.  Help us foster the goodness that comes from deepening our relationships to those we love, the goodness that comes from appreciation for all we’ve been given, the goodness that comes from widening the scope of our compassion, the goodness that comes from knowing there is real meaning to this life and an important purpose to our living.

And if we feel today that we but dimly grasp your dreams for our world or your purpose for our lives, then expand our vision.  Lead us into living lives worthy of Christ’s followers today.  Show us how we might better live out Christ’s large-heartedness, and open-mindedness, and his willingness to serve.  Help us risk our engagement where it is most needed, knowing we will receive your blessing to further our efforts.  Let hope thrive in us and through us.

Then increase in us, day by day, God, the capacity for awe, the willingness to wonder, the acknowledgement of the miracles that shower our lives, and the stability of a steady faith in you.  Make us Christ’s own.  Hear us now as we say the words of prayer he taught us … the Lord’s Prayer. 

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