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Prayers of the People May 5, 2019

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God we give you thanks for the gifts we receive from you each day and in every place – and especially for the sacred gifts of this table.  Our communion with one another and with you heals us of our isolation, sustains us with your goodness, and enfolds us all in your loving, all-embracing Spirit. 

May our sharing of this communion bind us together as one people, welcoming to all, dedicated to ministering to our community and to our world.  May our sharing of this communion confirm your spirit of generosity and compassion within us and among us.  May our sharing of this communion spur us to offer you thanks for all that has been and pronounce a confident “yes” to all that may lie ahead for our young people, and for all of us. 

We acknowledge we are a blessed people, receivers of your grace – yet students, still, learning to offer that grace to all we meet.  So remain among us, God, until we gather again around this table, to taste once more the transformative feast of bread and wine to which all Christ’s followers are joyfully invited.  Feed us again and again until the very image of Christ is visible on our faces.  Until then, keep us close, and hear us now as with one voice we sing Christ’s words of prayer… Our Father …

Prayers of the People April 28, 2019

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Based on Luke 24:13-16, 28-35, meeting Christ on the road to Emmaus.

Receive the offerings we have brought to this place, this day, O God.  We bring them in faith – trusting that you will receive and multiply and spread everything of value which we bring to you in Christ’s name.

After all, how many times, we who follow Christ have been astonished by the blessings that abound in his presence!  When we least expect it, when we least deserve it, or when we find ourselves wandering, farthest from the paths of hope, we who seek to walk with Christ have learned to hope that he may find a way to walk with us, as he did with the disciples on the road to Emmaus long ago.  And where Christ’s life-giving presence walks, hardships and heartaches ease and goodness grows.

We pray that Christ’s presence may be felt today in the troubled areas of the world where peace seems never to take hold, or safety to flourish.  Let the Prince of Peace enter in.  Let eyes, kept from recognizing him and his capacity to establish a reign of grace, be opened to the possibility he brings.  Let Christ walk with them.

We pray for Christ’s presence to be felt today among those who are angry or hurting or ill or lost or defeated.  So many struggle with more than they feel they can handle.   Let the one whose scarred hands heal, touch them and bring the cures which he alone can accomplish.  Let Christ walk with them.

We pray today for Christ’s presence to be felt among us.  Each of us has taken our turn in walking dusty roads we hope will take us away from abandoned hopes, and damaged dreams, and lost causes.   We, too, need the reassurance that we find in Christ’s presence.  Let broken bread, and the splashing of baptismal waters, and hymns sung with earnestness, and prayers uttered in honesty be the occasions for our recognition of Christ, here, in our midst – to set our hearts aflame with hope again.  Let Christ walk with us.

We pray all these things with gratitude for our Messiah – whose Spirit has not, will not, cannot die – but in fact, brings yet more life.  Using now Christ’s eternal words, we pray today, saying together… Lord’s Prayer.

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