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Prayers of the People February 3, 2019

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Based on 1st Corinthians 13:1-13

For the holy gifts of this table, and the presence of your Son in our midst which we enjoy here, we are grateful, God.  And for all the many other gifts with which you shower us throughout life, we are grateful.  We are mindful of our abundance, and also of the need of many across the face of the earth – and we pray your support, your comfort, and your aid – whenever our own cannot extend far enough. 

Indeed, today we have come to this sacred place with much on our minds and in our hearts.  We pray for our community …. our church … our friends … our dear ones … and ourselves.  You know each need even before we ask for your help, God.  Trusting that you will orchestrate all things to work together for good for those who love you, we entrust our dearest hopes and dreams to you, with loving hearts. 

We have learned the significance of love from your Son, O God, who told us that we were, above all else, to love one another, as he has loved us.  And so, though love may be costly or risky, let us love.  Though love may be challenging and trying, let us love.  Though love may test our patience, our gentleness, and our self-control, let us love.  For faith steadies us.  Hope sustains us.  But love is greater yet.  Love is your way with the world, and the pattern you have left for us to follow.  Let us love.

We pray in the name of the One who both commands our love, and offers it with gracious and wondrous self-giving.  Hear us as we say together the words of his prayer … Our Father …