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Prayers of the People November 11, 2018

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Based on Ruth 1:1-6, 11, 16-17


We thank you, God, for the numberless gifts of our lives.  We acknowledge, with deepest gratitude, the ways you reach out to us to nurture and uphold us – even when we are unaware of your aid.  Open our minds and hearts to you, so that in difficult times we might be less prone to worry or despair – and more likely to trust patiently and hopefully that new beginnings are yet possible for us, because you never abandon us or leave us comfortless.  Help us witness all the ways you reliably enter our world and our lives to make all things new.  Let us find peace in that recognition.  

And we pray for such recognition of you, and such sustaining peace, for others.  We pray that today wherever there is loneliness, wherever there is hardship, wherever there is pain, wherever there is grief, wherever there is disillusionment -- that you may enter in.  We recognize that solutions to life’s challenges and losses do not come easily and quickly.  But let those in need learn to rely upon you, O God, for the unexpected resolution, or the unanticipated alternative plan, or the surprising gift of grace.  Let them see, in the undying love of your risen Son, the certainty of your will ultimately being done and your final mastery of uncertain outcomes. 

We acknowledge that every time we meet at worship, we find Christ is among us, and we solidify our identity as his very body on earth.  And so, as his people, we accept today the work to which we are called in his name.  We ask that you will direct us toward our next roles and responsibilities.  If we are to welcome the stranger, let us throw wide the door.  If we are to heal the broken, let us employ every skill we know to speed a cure.  If we are to forgive an injury, let us set aside our pride and set down the anger or bitterness we harbor.  If we are to give of ourselves, as our Christ gave so freely, then direct us in how we may offer what is most needed in places most desperate for it.

As the living, breathing, beloved Body of Christ, we pray that we will harbor within us always his spirit, that our lives may move to the beat and rhythm of his heart of welcoming and all-embracing love.  We pray now in his memory and in his own words, as we say together … The Lord’s Prayer.