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Prayers of the People January 27, 2019

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Based on Luke 4:14-21

Receive these, our gifts to you this day, God.  We give them in recognition of all that has been given to us, and with awareness of the responsibility that comes with such blessing.  Make us wise stewards of all you’ve entrusted to us, and keep us generous always, as you have been unfailingly generous to us.

Each of us has come here today with our own private, individual needs and concerns.  Yet by your Spirit we are drawn together.  We thank you for forging us into a single family, your family—as the very living Body of Christ.  Help us then, to work together effectively.  Help us to develop coordinated efforts to do Christ’s work in this world: bringing good news to the poor, releasing captives, restoring the sight of the blind, letting the oppressed go free. 

Let us carry on his work in meaningful ways.  Help us to sing for those with no voice, to give for those who have little, to believe for those who’ve lost faith, and to guide those who no longer know how to proceed.  And when we meet our limits in knowing how to help, let us turn trustingly and faithfully to you.  Let us then be simply the agents others require to be lifted prayerfully into your healing presence, where your love, that never lets us go, will be able to revive and restore.  Let us acknowledge that each person, all your children, are the finest of treasures, and worthy of our concern.

God, we offer you today our hopes and dreams - all that lies deep within us – with confidence that you hear us and respond.  After all, Jesus Christ, himself, has told us that the most profound longings - the prophets’ hopes of the ages - are fulfilled whenever we find ourselves in his presence.  Show us that we have the opportunity to encounter Christ's transformative, gracious, powerful, loving spirit today – enabling us to live life in the way he envisioned for us.

Mindful of the vast scope of Christ’s gifts to us we pray, using the words he taught his disciples to use, as we say together … the Lord’s Prayer.

Prayers of the People January 20, 2019

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Based on John 2:1-11

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.

Then, God, 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.  Where there is hunger or want, let us enlist the resources at hand to help.  Where there are neighbors across the globe that live with fear, grief, loneliness, or violence, let us find ways to help bring them your hope and assistance.  Let your compassion find its way, by our prayers, our generosity, our efforts into the lives of all those who are thirsting for what will satisfy, with our acknowledgement that our neighbors’ needs surely have something to do so with us.  Help us risk our engagement where it is most needed, knowing we will receive your blessing to further our efforts. 

If some of us came today feeling depleted, ourselves, by life’s demands and concerns … if some of us came feeling empty of hope or opportunity or purpose … if some of us came knowing time or energy or initiative had just about run out for us, then here in Christ’s presence and among his people, we pray we will find the refilling and restoration we so need.  Show us that in Christ’s presence now, as in days long past, his abundant grace freely flows to fill our emptiness.  In Christ’s presence the dry and barren places of our lives find themselves awash in gallons and gallons of forgiveness, purpose, and plenty. 

And so let us take from here today our fill of the profound gifts of goodness you offer to every life; and 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 together the words of prayer he taught us … the Lord’s Prayer. 

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