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Prayers of the People September 9, 2018

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Based on Luke 9:28-35

 

With gratitude and with humility we have come today, God, to offer you our gifts.  We hope that they demonstrate our participation in your dreams for our world – where those with too little may be satisfied, and those with enough may share willingly and generously.  May all we do and all we give, bring you pleasure.

For we are reminded today that you took great pleasure in your Son, Jesus.  And you have asked us to listen to him.  Help us, day by day, to listen for his voice in every way it may come to us… in the smiles, the laughter, the cries, the pleas, of all those we meet… in the music that washes over and through us… in the moments of quiet reflection and prayer that help us hear his words to us.  Help us to learn to turn consistently toward your son to witness what is most holy in life.  Uncloud our vision and show us the dazzling brilliance of love made flesh.

And give us courage, dear God, to face the fullness that life offers us: both bright mountain-top moments and walks through the dark valleys.  Help us to face our own seasons of darkness and defeat, knowing, by faith, that though clouds may overshadow us – or those we love – 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 overcome by poverty, or illness, or grief, or terrorism, or war.  For your goodness shines through, even these hardships.  Make us appreciative and attentive to all the ways you offer to uphold us.  Grant us the gift of awe before your grace.

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 beloved children.  Let our lives sing with joy at that awareness. 

Now hear us, O God, as we use the very words that your beloved son taught us, as we say together … The Lord’s Prayer.

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.

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