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Prayers of the People February 18, 2018

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Based on Mark  9:2-9, Transfiguration:

With deep sadness at the tragic losses of this week and with true and searching humility, we have come today, O God, recalling that you bid us listen to your Son, Jesus.  And so we must.  Let us treasure his teachings, his compassion, his forgiveness, his challenges, his selflessness, his peace.  We acknowledge that there is no voice more worthy of our attention.  Help us, day by day, to listen for that voice in every form, in every situation, and every person through which we may hear it.  Keep us unafraid to focus upon his message to us – unconcerned that it may ask us to follow him into new places – uninhibited in trusting his guidance and his call.  Uncloud our vision and show us, as you showed the disciples of old, the dazzling brilliance of love made flesh.

Then give us courage, dear God, to face the fullness that life with Christ offers us: both bright mountain-top moments and walks through the dark valleys.  Remind us that the disciples walked from their moments of glory with Jesus, to the cross and beyond.  Let that knowledge help us to face seasons of darkness and defeat, knowing, by faith, that though clouds may overshadow us – or those we love – or the world we inhabit - yet your love shines through to encourage us, and to instill the confidence we need to believe that ultimately, your light for the world shall not be overcome.  It cannot be extinguished by poverty or illness, by pain or grief, by disaster or ignorance, not even by heartbreaking violence that steals innocent life.  For your goodness will shine through again, even beyond these tragedies.  Grant us the gift of awe before your tenacious grace, God.

And help us, through your transformative spirit, to become, like your beloved Son, open people, whose inner goodness is readily visible, a mirror of your own bright and shining image.  Keep us mindful always of the identity with which we have been imprinted and the high calling that accompanies it – we are your children.  We are asked to walk the challenging way with Christ.  So let us get up and get to work on his behalf.

We pray all these things, O God, using words your beloved Son was once heard to teach his followers.  We are listening to him still, and speaking now with his voice, we say together … The Lord’s Prayer.